Oxford United boss hoping for cup scalp

Michael Appleton

Michael Appleton

First published in Headlines
Last updated

OXFORD United will have no intention of putting men behind the ball and stifling West Bromwich Albion tonight, according to head coach Michael Appleton.

The visitors head to the Hawthorns for the Capital One Cup second round tie rock bottom of Sky Bet League Two, fully 80 places below their Premier League hosts.

But Appleton, pictured, will stick to the principles he learned during a decade as Baggies player and coach as he attempts to mastermind an upset.

He said: “The way we do things, we’re not set up to go and frustrate and keep it tight.

“I know they have to have a bad night and we need to have a good night, but you never know.”

United will have to make one change, with on-loan goalkeeper George Long unable to play in the competition.

Max Crocombe will come into the line-up, as he did in the 2-1 first round win at Bristol City.

Appleton is considering making a couple of changes and David Hunt, another who played at Ashton Gate, may come in at right back, while new signing Will Hoskins is expected on the bench if he is registered in time.

West Brom manager Alan Irvine travelled to Morecambe to scout United and will play a strong side.

He said: “I know what Oxford’s results have been like this season, but they did win in the cup.

“When I watched them last week at Morecambe they played extremely well and I will approach this as a first-team game.”

The hosts have a wealth of options, with club record signing Brown Ideye, a £10m acquisition from Dynamo Kiev, set for his first start.

TONIGHT’S SQUADS

West Brom: from Myhill, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Davidson, Baird, Yacob, Roofe, Sessegnon, Brunt, Ideye, McAuley, Gamboa, Dorrans, Gardner, O’Neil, Berahino, Samaras, Foster.

Oxford Utd: from Crocombe, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Collins, Meades, Riley, Hylton, Brown, Morris, Rose, Hoskins, Jakubiak, Potter, O’Dowda, Ruffels, Raynes, Cavanagh.

  • 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 United news:

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win against Carlisle United

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

12:54pm Sunday 29th March 2015

WATCH the key moments from Oxford United's 2-1 victory against Carlisle United at the Kassam Stadium.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match against Carlisle?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

6:14pm Saturday 28th March 2015

Oxford Utd 2 (Hoban 38, Vassell 80), Carlisle Utd 1 (Corry 9)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

4:57pm Saturday 28th March 2015

KYLE Vassell came off the bench to score within five minutes of his debut and give Oxford United a priceless victory at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford United leave it late on whether O'Dowda starts against Carlisle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th March 2015

Michael Appleton will make a late call on his line-up, with a decision to be made on whether Callum O’Dowda is fit to start the crunch home clash with Carlisle United this afternoon.

Oxford United chief Ashton calls for fans to come in great numbers

9:00am Saturday 28th March 2015

Chief executive Mark Ashton has called on supporters to ‘pack the Kassam’ for Oxford United’s next two crunch Sky Bet League Two clashes.

 

 

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:25am Tue 26 Aug 14

LeagueOneOx says...

Albion will indeed put out a strong side
judging by Irvine's comments.
They have some top internationals
in that squad.

Getting my ticket this morning!

COYY
Albion will indeed put out a strong side judging by Irvine's comments. They have some top internationals in that squad. Getting my ticket this morning! COYY LeagueOneOx
  • Score: 2

7:52am Tue 26 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

If we put 20 men behind the ball we'd still lose.
If we put 20 men behind the ball we'd still lose. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -13

10:26am Tue 26 Aug 14

87oufc says...

Is there a reason for a 20:00 kick-off? It's not on TV, is it.
Is there a reason for a 20:00 kick-off? It's not on TV, is it. 87oufc
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

S Hillier says...

West Brom might give us a bit more room to play our style of football than division two sides give us, you never know what might happen in cup football, it's a funny old game .
West Brom might give us a bit more room to play our style of football than division two sides give us, you never know what might happen in cup football, it's a funny old game . S Hillier
  • Score: 4

2:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Good luck to the lads tonight, 'luck' has been in short supply in most matches so far, unless you count bad luck!
If the baggies are below par- and we're on the top of our game a 'Cup upset' could occur.
IF, we do go out tonight, as long as we put on a good performance, steer clear of injuries and don't get heavily beaten- Job done.
Good luck to the lads tonight, 'luck' has been in short supply in most matches so far, unless you count bad luck! If the baggies are below par- and we're on the top of our game a 'Cup upset' could occur. IF, we do go out tonight, as long as we put on a good performance, steer clear of injuries and don't get heavily beaten- Job done. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

addisonox says...

Get Elliott, Moody and Beauchamp out of retirement! Guaranteed victory!
Get Elliott, Moody and Beauchamp out of retirement! Guaranteed victory! addisonox
  • Score: -2

Comments are closed on this article.

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