Sheffield Wednesday: Appleton wants Oxford to do themselves justice at Hillsborough

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton

He already has one Championship scalp in his collection this season and Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is after another at Hillsborough tonight.

Appleton brings his Us side to Hillsborough after winning 4-0 at Brentford in the previous round.

And he has instructed his players to prove their performance at Griffin Park was no fluke.

“Obviously after the performance that we put in at Brentford, we want to go to Hillsborough and put in a good showing if we can,” Appleton said.

“It’s one we have to try and enjoy.

“It’s a wonderful ground, a fantastic pitch and a great club with great support.

“It’s going to be a tough game.

“I’ve watched them a couple of times and saw a little bit of their game at Leeds on Saturday.

“They’re a good footballing side who pass the ball well and so we are aware of their strengths and weaknesses.”

Oxford are unbeaten from their four league games so far but conceded first in each of those matches.

Appleton was particularly disappointed with the start his side made to Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town and says they must be much more switched on if they are to not be out of sight against Wednesday.

He said: “Hopefully we can get off to a better start than what we did at Mansfield and be in the game going into the latter stages.

“In the end we came away in a reasonable mood, if a little frustrated because we have been setting the standards so high.

“I think we have a chance to keep that going on Tuesday night.”

Oxford are likely to meet Wednesday head on tonight rather than sitting back and inviting on pressure.

It is an approach which has seen them go 13 matches unbeaten running into last season and marked them out among the early favourites for promotion to League One.

Appleton is likely to freshen up his side having made only a couple of changes to his starting XI across the first five games of the campaign.

Full back George Baldock – on loan from MK Dons – is an injury doubt while midfielder Danny Rose and striker Alex MacDonald could both be rested.

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