Boro ready for Oxford test

Boro boss Graham Westley is looking for his side to be defensively organised as they come up against Oxford United hot-shot James Constable. The 25-year-old striker has netted five times in his last two games and Westley knows that the likes of Mark Robe

Boro boss Graham Westley is looking for his side to be defensively organised as they come up against Oxford United hot-shot James Constable.

The 25-year-old striker has netted five times in his last two games and Westley knows that the likes of Mark Roberts and Jon Ashton are going to have to be on the top of their game if they are to keep the former Kidderminster man quiet.

But Westley is confident that, armed with a strong tactical game plan, they will be able to cope with whatever Constable and Co. can throw at them.

"You have to play in a very organised way there and have a very strong game plan if you are going to come away with the points," said Westley.


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"My personal record there is ok - I've got a draw and a win there and that's a positive from my point of view.

"One thing for sure is that it will be a cracking game."

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Both teams remain unbeaten in the embryonic Blue Square campaign but if Boro can quieten down the crowd then Westley is hopeful they can strike an early blow to one of their promotion rivals.

"It is a difficult place to go and you've got to play in a certain way when you go there," added Westley. "They are a decent enough side and they will be one of the sides that are up there come the end of the season.

"They get a massive following and they are always going to get decision because of that."

Charlie Griffin is expected to miss out for Boro once again with the same groin injury that kept him out of the midweek win over Ebbsfleet.

Chris Beardsley is likely to get the nod up front while David Bridges should also be in contention.

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