Lewis has message for Marsh

Tyrone Marsh wheels away after scoring his first-ever goal for Oxford United against Southend on Tuesday night

Tyrone Marsh wheels away after scoring his first-ever goal for Oxford United against Southend on Tuesday night

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Mickey Lewis has urged Tyrone Marsh to build on the confidence gained from scoring his first senior Oxford United goal by producing consistent performances in training.

The striker has been on the fringes of the side for much of the season, but with several forwards ruled out through injury, suspension and unavailability in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie, was handed a second career start.

Marsh, who turned 19 on Christmas Eve, seized the opportunity and took 14 minutes to open his account, heading home in the 3-3 draw with Southend United, before Oxford lost 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Lewis was pleased with the overall performance of the youth team graduate against a strong Southend defence.

The United assistant manager said: “Tyrone’s done really well. He’s a young lad with a lot to learn still, but I think he’s done himself justice against two centre halves who have a lot of league experience.

“At times he gave them a bit of a torrid time.”

Marsh has had to be patient, with Tuesday’s game his first at the Kassam Stadium.

And despite getting off the mark it is far from certain he will stay in the starting XI, with more experienced striking options available for Saturday’s npower League Two trip to Bradford City.

He added: “The goal will give him a bit more confidence and it shows he can do it. “As with all young players, consistency is the key.

“We see in training that he has the ability to produce it, but the major key for him to move on is doing it day-in day-out.

“He wouldn’t have been playing if we didn’t think he could produce a performance.”

One player to miss Tuesday’s game was Peter Leven, who had a sore knee after Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United.

Lewis is optimistic the influential midfielder will be in contention for this weekend.

He said: “Peter Leven wasn’t quite right and it wouldn’t have been fair to him or ourselves with a game coming on Saturday.

“There’s no guarantee that he’ll be fit for Saturday, but I’m saying that because he didn’t play it will give him every chance.”

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11:20am Thu 10 Jan 13

BigAlBiker says...

I have been watching Tyrone for the last three years mainly over at Didcot in the reserves and he always impressed me, never gives up and after Tuesdays showing had more ball control that beano, he could kill the ball dead and move, a great prospect.
I have been watching Tyrone for the last three years mainly over at Didcot in the reserves and he always impressed me, never gives up and after Tuesdays showing had more ball control that beano, he could kill the ball dead and move, a great prospect. BigAlBiker
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11:44am Thu 10 Jan 13

In_The_Nikon_Time says...

Quote “We see in training that he has the ability to produce it, but the major key for him to move on is doing it day-in day-out. "

Fine sentiments but, he can only do that if he's given the chance "day in day out"
Quote “We see in training that he has the ability to produce it, but the major key for him to move on is doing it day-in day-out. " Fine sentiments but, he can only do that if he's given the chance "day in day out" In_The_Nikon_Time
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4:06pm Thu 10 Jan 13

oldun says...

In_The_Nikon_Time wrote:
Quote “We see in training that he has the ability to produce it, but the major key for him to move on is doing it day-in day-out. "

Fine sentiments but, he can only do that if he's given the chance "day in day out"
Agree - give youth a chance - good enough means old enough. This club so rarely has given youth a chance . I remember very well Whitehead being kept out of the central midfield (and placed on the bench or the 'wing') whilst we had one of those very weak United central midfields which the Yellows fielded for so so many years after Magilton left
[quote][p][bold]In_The_Nikon_Time[/bold] wrote: Quote “We see in training that he has the ability to produce it, but the major key for him to move on is doing it day-in day-out. " Fine sentiments but, he can only do that if he's given the chance "day in day out"[/p][/quote]Agree - give youth a chance - good enough means old enough. This club so rarely has given youth a chance . I remember very well Whitehead being kept out of the central midfield (and placed on the bench or the 'wing') whilst we had one of those very weak United central midfields which the Yellows fielded for so so many years after Magilton left oldun
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7:20pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Beanofan says...

I hope that CW and ML give Tyrone Marsh a fair bit of the whip. We need high potential players coming through the youth academy. Marsh needs to start games not be frozen out. Shame we signed Richards. Come back soon Beano also does this mean that a few players will definately leave in the summer? I prefer Craddock to Richards but good luck for the rest of the season, coyy
I hope that CW and ML give Tyrone Marsh a fair bit of the whip. We need high potential players coming through the youth academy. Marsh needs to start games not be frozen out. Shame we signed Richards. Come back soon Beano also does this mean that a few players will definately leave in the summer? I prefer Craddock to Richards but good luck for the rest of the season, coyy Beanofan
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