FOOTBALL: Duo return for City with boss Merritt calling for more of the same

Jose Lapoujade is hoping to be fit to take on AFC Fylde at Marsh Lane tomorrow

Jose Lapoujade is hoping to be fit to take on AFC Fylde at Marsh Lane tomorrow

First published in Headlines Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor. Call me on 01865 425451

DARREN Mullings and Alejandro-Adrian Santiago return from suspension as Oxford City look to get back to winning ways at home to AFC Fylde tomorrow.

The duo have served three and one-game bans respectively following dismissals earlier this season.

And with full back Jose Lapoujade also hoping to be fit, general manager Justin Merritt has a near full-strength squad available.

City’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a 1-0 defeat at Harrogate Town last Saturday, but Merritt was encouraged by the display, despite the result.

“It was a massive step forward in terms of performance,” he said.

“We played some great football, but I just feel we are not having the rub of the green at the moment.

“We had a team meeting last Thursday night about how we want to do things and how we are trying to play, and it was great to see the players taking that on board.

“If we repeat that level of display, and add the extra 20 per cent that I feel we have still to come, we can be right in there.”

Although City have started the season brightly, Merritt is hoping that if his players stay clear of injuries and suspensions there will be plenty more to enthuse about.

“For one reason or another, I have not been able to pick the same team for consecutive matches,” he added.

“We have the two players back from suspension for Saturday and are hoping Jose will be fit too.

“Once they are back, hopefully things will settle down and we can really push on.”

AFC Fylde, promoted from the Northern Premier last season, are fifth in the table.

They are managed by Dave Challinor, known by football fans for a huge long throw.

“They have had a great start and will be tough,” Merritt said.

“We have had them watched, but I’m interested in what we do rather than our opponents.”

TOMORROW’S SQUAD

Oxford City (v AFC Fylde, home): from Scott, Benjamin, Lapoujade, Malone, Pond, Brown, Rodriguez, Wilson, Mullings, Santiago, Del Alamo, Winters, Stonehouse, Green, Afolabi, Barcelos, Yussuf, Arnau.

  • 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

MOTORSPORT: Massa is fifth

Oxford Mail: Felipe Massa will be appearing at Goodwood Festival of Speed today

4:53pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Felipe Massa finished fifth for the Grove-based Williams team in today's Singapore Grand Prix.

Oxford Utd 0, Stevenage 0

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:03pm Saturday 20th September 2014

OXFORD United produced an entertaining display but had to settle for a draw as they were unable to find a way past a dogged Stevenage.

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

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:49pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Oxford Utd v Stevenage - updates

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:57pm Saturday 20th September 2014

All the latest new from Oxford United's home game against Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two.

Oxford United Wright issues warning

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.

RACING: Young charges have Hill excited about the future

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

With a fresh intake of young horses, Lawney Hill is hoping her Aston Rowant stables will continue to flourish as the jumps season prepares to move up a notch.

RACING: Eve hearing date is set

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A British Horseracing Authority hearing into the positive morphine test provided by Charlie Wells, from Eve Johnson Houghton’s Blewbury stables, near Didcot, will take place on October 16.

SWIMMING: Blue Fins’ Wynne-Jones is top of UK rankings

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

LOTTIE Wynne-Jones starred as Bicester Blue Fins competed in the final gala of the Milton Keynes & District Junior League for the first time at Oxford’s Temple Cowley Pool.

Oxford duo Hylton and Howard set to receive green light

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Top scorer Danny Hylton and Brian Howard are expected to have recovered from midweek knocks to start for Oxford United today.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh form must come first for Tongan Taione

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

TAIONE Vea says he can’t let playing in the World Cup with Tonga distract him from London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership challenge.

 

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

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