Oxford United's players are out to impress

9:30am Saturday 12th July 2014

By David Pritchard

Oxford United begin their pre-season fixtures this afternoon (2) with head coach Michael Appleton urging the players to keep it simple.

Conference South side Farnborough host the U’s, four weeks before the Sky Bet League Two campaign kicks off.

It is the first chance for United’s players to show Appleton, who only started work with the squad on Monday, what they can do in action.

The new boss is aware there will be a desire for individuals to make a good impression, but at this stage his priorities are on avoiding injuries and gaining fitness.

He said: “Sometimes it’s a little bit different when a new manager comes in and obviously some of them want to impress.

“I think the biggest message I’ve been saying to them is show me you’re a good player, but do it at the right times.

“Don’t do it when you don’t need to, when there’s an opportunity to pass the ball to better areas.

“Hopefully they will do that on Saturday and one or two will impress.”

United will aim to give everyone 45 minutes at Rushmoor Stadium and could include a couple of triallists.

One is likely to be a goalkeeper, providing back-up to Max Crocombe while Ryan Clarke is injured.

Aside from Andy Whing, who is also recovering from surgery, there are two other players ruled out from today’s trip.

Callum O’Dowda has a minor hamstring problem, while Jon Meades is also struggling.

The Welshman missed the whole of last season after rupturing ankle ligaments in pre-season.

Appleton’s own career was blighted by injuries and thinks after such a long lay-off Meades is bound to encounter issues as he gets back up to speed.

He said: “Meadesy’s having all sorts of little problems because of last season, which is natural.

“I did have five minutes with him this week and he’s going to have niggles probably up until his body gets used to the contact.”

Our top stories:

2014 Oxfordshire GCSE results school by school

Oxford Mail: It's A-Level day

12:30pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Full GCSE results for Oxfordshire schools for 2014

Purr-fect ending to tale of cat missing for a decade

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

GEORGIA Hand was just a few months old when the family cat Morgan went missing 10 years ago.

Coroner rules out unlawful killing verdict in gem shop raider's death

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE grieving family of Clint Townsend yesterday said his robbery of a city jeweller’s was “completely out of character” as a coroner ruled he had not been unlawfully killed.

Thieves snatch £1,600 from pay-and-display machines

Oxford Mail: Pay and Display proposals could net council £160,000 a year

8:30am Thursday 21st August 2014

MORE than £1,600 has been stolen from pay- and-display parking machines across Oxford in the past five years.

Alleged helper ‘wanted phone smashed’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN on trial for helping killer William Blencowe told his girlfriend to take a hammer to his phone after he was arrested, a jury has been told.

Hundreds of scorned bikes heading for the scrapheap

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

NEARLY 1,000 abandoned bicycles have been tagged with warnings by Oxford City Council over the past two years.

Three people taken to hospital after multiple car crash

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A THREE-car crash on the A40 left a man needing hospital treatment for serious leg injuries.

Unexploded shells discovered in scrapyard

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

UNEXPLODED shells, thought to be from the Second World War, were detonated yesterday after being unearthed in a scrapyard.

Quarter of mums are main earners

Oxford Mail: Mulberry locked cosmetic purse

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

More than a quarter of Oxford mums are the breadwinners in their families with 27 per cent contributing more than 50 per cent to their household’s income.

City home care service passes top inspection

Oxford Mail: Care Quality Commission logo

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A CITY home care service has passed all key standards from an inspection by the national health and social care watchdog.

Young cancer survivor busks it for charity

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A SCHOOLBOY who overcame cancer raised money for two of the charities that helped him by busking in Oxford with his sister.

Credit union in funding crisis after pulling out of merger

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Blackbird Leys Credit Union is facing a last-minute race for funding after pulling out of a merger with its rival.

A40 re-opens after three-car crash near Eynsham

Oxford Mail:

5:05pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DUAL carriageway has been re-opened after a three-car crash which seriously injured a male driver.

Work starts on new care home development

Oxford Mail: Resident’s petition to stop new build fails

5:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WORK has begun on a £1.2m care home development in Letcombe Regis near Wantage.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2014 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/