FOOTBALL: Potter out to regain magic

Oxford United winger Alfie Potter reckons he is getting back to somewhere near his best form

Oxford United winger Alfie Potter reckons he is getting back to somewhere near his best form

First published in Headlines Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

Alfie Potter believes Oxford United’s new system will help get him back to top form as the winger continues to recover from an injury-hit year.

The 25-year-old has started both competitive games under head coach Michael Appleton and is set to continue in the side for the Sky Bet League Two trip to Mansfield Town tomorrow.

United have set up in a 4-2-3-1 system so far, with Potter given plenty of freedom as one of the attackers behind the lone striker.

After struggling to make an impact in last weekend’s 1-0 league defeat to Burton Albion, he was much more of a threat in midweek, when the U’s beat Bristol City 2-1 in the Capital One Cup.

Potter is aiming to take another step forward at Field Mill and feels the new approach has been beneficial.

He said: “I struggled massively last year towards the end and this formation is definitely going to help me.

“Once I can find top form, hopefully I can flourish.

“On Saturday it got a bit frustrating – I couldn’t get on the ball as much and I kind of drifted out of the game.

“But on Tuesday I enjoyed the position I was playing in and it was a good game to play in.

“It was definitely an improvement and if I can do that for every game it won’t be long before I’m back to the form I know I can produce.”

Potter scored a career-best 11 goals during the 2012-13 season and made a promising start to the following campaign.

But it was halted by a broken ankle last November, which kept him out for three months.

Despite returning for the final weeks of the season, the former Peterborough trainee admits it has been difficult to find his feet.

He said: “I had serious injuries before, but I’d never actually had any surgery.

“I think it kind of messed up my whole body because after that I was picking up strains here, there and everywhere.

“You can’t just click your fingers and everything comes together at once.

“I feel like I’m getting there and my confidence is coming back gradually.

“I’m working hard in training and the way we’re playing, if we’re getting results and I’m staying in the team, I think my performances will get better.”

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

FOOTBALL: Mike Ford is relishing challenge after taking over as Banbury United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Former Oxford United captain Mike Ford is relishing a return to management with Banbury United, after spending more than a year out of the game.

YOUTH CRICKET: Valentin goes so close to six out of six

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Valentin Guiraud came agonisingly close to the perfect over – only for a no ball to ruin a landmark moment.

ATHLETICS: Hannah England goes for glory in Westminster Mile

Oxford Mail: Hannah England  with captain British team

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Oxford City AC’s Hannah England will aim to regain the senior women’s title she won two years ago when she competes in tomorrow’s event.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Oxford United Women's boss Les Taylor says they can upset odds

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Les Taylor is confident that his Oxford United Women side can upset title hopefuls Everton when they welcome the Merseysiders to Abingdon United's Northcourt Road in FA Women's Super League 2 on Sunday (2pm) writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

CRICKET: Faraz Amjad haul helps Oxford Spires in trophy

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Faraz Amjad claimed five wickets, including a hat-trick, as Oxford Spires beat Cheney School by 54 runs in the Oxon Under 14 ECB Trophy.

YOUTH CRICKET: Red-hot Coles fires fantastic century as Oxon crush Bucks

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

James Coles scored a sensational unbeaten 156 as Oxfordshire Under 12s cruised to victory over Buckinghamshire in a friendly at Abingdon Vale.

TABLE TENNIS: Karl Bushell edges Scott to claim top prize

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Forum's Karl Bushell won the Oxford Mail Cup for the 15th time at the Oxford & District Table Tennis Association’s City Championships.

MARTIAL ARTS: Carl Davis in medal haul

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Wantage Vale’s Carl Davis and Didcot’s Richard De-Winton helped England to a silver team medal in the board breaking event at the ITF European Championships in Andrea, Italy.

ANGLING: Wonder Chris Webb in big haul

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Chris Webb won the second round of the Darryl Simpson Memorial series match, sponsored by Top Tackle Oxford.

MOTORSPORT: Walkinshaw fired up for Silverstone challenge

Oxford Mail: Sean Walkinshaw will compete in European Formula 3 Open in 2014

7:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Oxfordshire racer Sean Walkinshaw is determined to continue his excellent form in the Blancpain Endurance Series when round two takes place at Silverstone this weekend.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree