Oxford United got their season up and running with a long-awaited first league win against Burton Albion yesterday, with few more delighted than talented midfielder Ricky Holmes.
Holmes was on the mark as Karl Robinson’s side powered away from the foot of the table and he spoke of the importance of getting that first win of the season.
“The lads were brilliant today,” he told the Oxford Mail. “It’s something we’ve needed because if it had gone on any longer then you start thinking ‘it’s going to be a long old season’. Burton are a good side with experienced players, so it’s a great win for us in front of our own punters, who were brilliant today.”
Jose Mousinho and James Henry were also on the score sheet as Oxford finally got their season up and running after a dismal early run. Manager Karl Robinson was similarly delighted, telling assembled press that his fans were brilliant.
“I want to say a big thank you to the fans,” reports the printed Football league Paper. “You need people when you’re in the mire and they showed what true supporters are all about.”
The win lifts them above Plymouth and Shrewsbury at the foot of the table, putting them level on points with Nigel Clough’s side.
It’s a start. Oxford have better players than their league position suggests, but they certainly looked stronger for dropping the terrible Luke Garbutt this week.
Ricky Holmes is as good as you’ll see at this level of football and his drive, coupled with James Henry’s all-action display, has finally got them up and running, just in time for the trip to Sunderland next weekend!