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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Oxford United

22 March 2017

Read back the manager's post-match thoughts following his side's win over the U's at the Kassam Stadium

Wanderers made it four wins on the spin with victory over Oxford United on Tuesday evening.

Efforts from Filipe Morais, Mark Beevers, Josh Vela and a Chey Dunkley own goal were enough to secure another success for the Whites, with the home side’s replies through Kane Hemmings and Chris Maguire ultimately scant consolation on the night.

And following the final whistle, manager Phil Parkinson covered these points in his post-match interview…



On a hard fought victory…
We had to work hard for that tonight, but I knew we would because Oxford are a good side.

We had a great start and went two nil up, but my only criticism on the night would be that we perhaps relaxed a little bit too much after we got the second goal.

Oxford are a better team than Gillingham, but we showed great resilience tonight. We had a few things go against us and a few tired legs alongside a couple of injuries, but we dug in and you’ve got to do that.

It’s just another example of how hard you’ve got to work to get wins and the lads have really found something from within tonight.

On scoring another four goals on the road…
It’s superb from us. In the second half, we didn’t have a lot of possession but I still felt we were the more likely side to score.

Longy had three or four opportunities down the left hand side, so we always carried a threat throughout the game which was important. 

We knew how dangerous Chris Maguire was from free-kicks and he stuck his effort away well.

It made it a bit of a nervy finale, but we managed to get the fourth goal to kill the game off.

On goals coming from all over the team…
It’s great for us to be sharing the goals. Beeves has got another one tonight and everybody has got that responsibility to score. 

Come the end of the season, you need goals from all areas and Josh Vela has got into double figures tonight which I’m really pleased about.

That’s a good achievement, but we want more from him. We’re not settling for ten because he’s capable of getting more and he’s shown again that he’s a big match player and he’s produced another clinical moment to kill the game off.

On scoring late on…
It was a huge moment really – I asked Lee Butler, our goalkeeping coach who was keeping the time for us, how long was left and he said 30 seconds and I felt that we should see the game through.

It was very nice to get that fourth goal though to really kill it off. Gary did brilliantly in the build-up and he worked tirelessly for us tonight, while it was a great finish by Josh.

It just shows how fit he is, that right at the last minute he still had that in him to drive forward.

On scoring four goals in three successive away games for the first time ever…
We’ll definitely take that record. That is a brilliant achievement for the lads, but now we’ve got to be ready to go again.

There was a couple of lads who travelled tonight who weren’t involved, but with a few injuries in the squad they could very well be required at the weekend. 

We need everyone ready to step up to the plate and it could be someone else’s chance to stake a claim come Saturday.

And finally, on looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury…
I’ll take 1-0 in the last minute come the weekend. One thing we will be demanding however is the same determination that we’ve shown here against Oxford tonight.

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