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 Non League 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

WATCH: Highlights and reaction from Oxford United's draw with Stevenage

Oxford Mail:

12:50pm Monday 22nd September 2014

OXFORD United extended their unbeaten run to five games with a goalless draw at home to Stevenage.

Oxford United fans' discussion

Oxford Mail:

11:59am Monday 22nd September 2014

Have your say on the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion.

Appleton praises dominant Oxford United but rues missed opportunity

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton rued some over-elaborate finishing, but was heartened by Oxford United’s commanding display against Stevenage.

FOOTBALL: Coyle at double as Kidlington move up the table

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Monday 22nd September 2014

Kidlington moved up to fourth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division with a 2-1 away to Bracknell Town, thanks to a double from Lewis Coyle.

FOOTBALL:Mills bags two more as Didcot claim win

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

John Mills took his season’s tally to 15 goals with a double as ten-man Didcot fought back for victory at Clevedon in Division 1 South & West on Saturday.

RUGBY RESULTS: September 20-21

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

AVIVA PREMIERSHIP

Riley: We can't just rely on Hylton

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

JOE Riley said no-one at Oxford United would be critical of Danny Hylton after the top scorer wasted several good chances in the goalless draw with Stevenage.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh well-beaten again as Arscott has last laugh

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

Tom Arscott inflicted London Welsh’s third straight heavy defeat with a hat-trick of tries for Sale Sharks in Saturday’s clash.

FOOTBALL: Merritt says City must learn from rout

Oxford Mail: Justin Merritt

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

Oxford City boss Justin Merritt was determined to focus on the positives despite seeing his side beaten 4-0 at Guiseley on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Sorry City put to sword by goal-hungry Guiseley

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

Oxford City paid the price for a slow start as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Guiseley in Vanarama Conference North on Saturday.

 

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