HERBIE Kane is hoping to send out a statement to the rest of Sky Bet League One by beating league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Ryan Lowe’s side went top after beating Burton Albion 2-1 last weekend, and sit level on points with Wycombe Wanderers.

Argyle are unbeaten in 11 in the league, with their only loss coming on the opening day in a 2-0 defeat at Rotherham United.

Barnsley loanee Kane said the U’s will be out to end their opponent’s run this afternoon.

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He said: “It should be a good game, they’re a good opposition and play good football but we’ll be focussing on ourselves and hopefully we’ll get three points and put a statement out to the league.

“They’re on a run so you can see they’re doing well but we’ll look to disturb that and win the game.

“There’s some very good teams in this league, Sheffield Wednesday the other week you could say that was the toughest game but we take each game as it comes.”

Since joining shortly before the transfer deadline, Kane has started four of United’s six league encounters.

He has shown his ability in the last three league matches in particular, starring in the 1-1 draw with Gillingham and the 5-1 victory over Accrington Stanley, before an influential display at Sheffield Wednesday ended just before the hour when the midfielder felt pain in his hamstring.

Fit and raring to go again, Kane reflected on his opening months with the U’s.

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He said: “I’ve enjoyed it since I’ve been here, the lads and the staff have been great to me and made me feel welcome, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“I’m just playing my football and trying to do what’s best for the team, and help the team progress and win games, that’s what I’m here to do.

“I’m also looking to improve my own game as well and the players and staff are helping me with that.

“The players we’ve got are good and we have depth in the squad which helps, especially later on in the season.

“The players here are complimenting me and I’m enjoying training and playing with them.

“Oxford as a place is a nice place to be and I’m enjoying it.”

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Kane arrived from south Yorkshire following a lack of game time, but feels he is getting up to speed now.

This was evident when he dispossessed former U’s man Marvin Johnson and assisted Cameron Brannagan for the opener at Hillsborough.

“I’m getting fitter every game I play, part of my game is pressing and winning the ball back, and getting assists,” said Kane.

“I’m looking to do more of that and help the team.

“The international break came at a good time for me as I picked up a little knock against Sheffield Wednesday but I’ve rested now and we’ve trained well since.”

Deployed in both a deep and advanced midfield role, Kane has offered flexibility in the middle of the park for United.

The 22-year-old said offering those different options is good for him as a player and also benefits the team.

He said: “I think it’s important to play different positions because you can’t always be nailed down to one position, especially when you can be asked to play a different way or style.

“Whoever’s in midfield, we do a good job and we rotate anyway, we always find a way.”