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MANAGER'S VERDICT: OXFORD (AWAY)

20 August 2019

NIGEL Clough thought his side showed their attacking capabilities after a 4-2 away win at Oxford United.

The Brewers made it three away wins on the bounce at the Kassam Stadium despite going 2-1 down early in the second half.

The Brewers manager said: "It's difficult when you go 1-0 up away from home and at half-time we said keep it tight and ten minutes later we were 2-1 down. At that point we started to do something about it and I thought the last half hour the attacking play for a team away from home was excellent.

"They have good attacking players which is why the can score two quick goals and they looked dangerous and threatening throughout and they will cause a lot of teams problems this season but Boyce, Akins, Fraser, Sarkic when he came on, and Broadhead caused them trouble tonight.

"We have lost two home games through a mixture of bad luck and some poor decisions but on the road we are showing our capabilities. It's not a perfect performance as we have conceded two goals but we played some very good football."

Clough was delighted that skipper Jake Buxton got a first league goal for the Brewers.

"We have been working on that and Jake pops up and makes a sweet connection and you can see how much it meant to him. He typifies the character at the club and amongst the players."

There was also a first hat-trick for Scott Fraser.

Clough said: "It was a wonderful hat-trick. He was a bit fortunate with the deflection but it might have been going in anyway but his other two strikes were excellent.

"The third goal was the pick of them and Liam Boyce has played a part in them and he played as well as anybody tonight. It can be disheartening for a centre forward to play that well and not get a goal but he certainly helped the team get the points tonight.

"We have been a bit unlucky at home but the standard of all five performances so far has been very good."

 


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