United boss Appleton issues Cureton warning

Oxford boss Michael Appleton

Oxford boss Michael Appleton

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

Michael Appleton has warned Oxford United to be on their guard against veteran goalscorer Jamie Cureton this afternoon.

The Dagenham & Redbridge striker, who has scored more than 250 goals, turned 39 this week, but remains a dangerous presence.

He is surrounded by quick players who will be looking to soak up United’s possession and inflict damage on the counter-attack.

Appleton said: “Someone like Jamie Cureton thrives on people making mistakes and will try to get on the end of things.

“We have to be careful and make sure if we have as much possession as we’ve had in the first few games that we don’t get too carried away, so if we do lose the ball we have to make sure we stop counter-attacks, because they’re very quick.”

United will make one enforced change, with Junior Brown serving a one-game after being sent off against West Bromwich Albion, so either Alfie Potter or Callum O’Dowda are set to step up.

Joe Riley (knee) is a doubt, while Appleton has to decide whether to keep Max Crocombe in goal, or recall George Long.

Up front, Will Hoskins is sure to make his home debut, but with the striker some way off full fitness he may only make the bench.

Dagenham’s injury doubts include ex-United full back Damian Batt (groin), while last season’s top scorer, Rhys Murphy, is still sidelined (hip).

TODAY’S SQUADS

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

Dagenham & Redbridge: from O’Brien, Partridge, Saah, Doe, Connors, Boucard, Ogogo, Howell, Chambers, Cureton, Hemmings, Goldberg, Porter, Labadie, Clarke, Gayle, Green, Cousins.

  •  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:

Carlisle Utd 2 (Beck 73, Asamoah 89), Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 45)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

4:56pm Saturday 25th October 2014

OXFORD United's hopes of three wins in eight days were dashed as they came unstuck at Carlisle United.

Updates - Carlisle Utd v Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:55pm Saturday 25th October 2014

All the news from Oxford United's visit to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two.

FOOTBALL: Rose wants to keep Oxford United climbing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Danny Rose is targeting a move into mid-table today as Oxford United visit Carlisle United in search of a third win in eight days.

FOOTBALL: Oxford United boss Appleton confident his team will be fighting fit

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Michael Appleton is confident a sickness bug which has affected the Oxford United squad will not have an impact on selection against Carlisle United today.

Collins: Whing's return has boosted everyone at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

11:30am Friday 24th October 2014

THE presence of Andy Whing back in the Oxford United side has prompted other players to raise their game, according to Michael Collins.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:03pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Joe1 says...

An apt warning, our record against these type of finishers is not good.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
An apt warning, our record against these type of finishers is not good. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1
  • Score: 1

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