We're ready for Oxford challenge - Graham Westley
BORO boss Graham Westley says his side are focused on winning all three points in tonight's top-of-the-table encounter against Oxford United. Boro are currently top of the Blue Square Premier and five points clear of tonight s second place visitors and We
BORO boss Graham Westley says his side are focused on winning all three points in tonight's top-of-the-table encounter against Oxford United.
Boro are currently top of the Blue Square Premier and five points clear of tonight's second place visitors and Westley believes his players are ready for what will be one of the toughest tests of the season.
"The reward is the same as it was Saturday against Crawley, the same against Grays last week and the same against Histon before that. It's all about the three points.
"We're not underestimating the challenge. They may be coming into the game with seven points from six games but we're not playing their form and they are a good team. We know it's going to be tough and we're ready for the challenge."
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Oxford are expected to revert back to their customary away from home 4-4-2 this evening and are expected to welcome back Chris Hargreaves into midfield, but as always Westley has drummed into his own squad that how they perform will sway the outcome of the match.
"It never comes down to what they [other teams] do. There is far more focus in the camp for what we do. They do change their shape regularly throughout the game but we're adaptable too."
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Westley said he was pleased with his side's performance in their 3-0 win over Crawley Town on Saturday, especially their quick start as Yemi Odubade gave them the lead on five minutes.
"We didn't like the way we started against Histon and Grays and we got our heads round that and made it a real focus.
"We were solid, strong and organised. We had a cutting edge going forward to win the game.
"We were very professional about what we did. We won the second half as well as the first, albeit by a single goal instead of the two."
Westley rested Chris Beardsley against Crawley after the striker's towering performances in recent weeks and brought in Tim Sills who had performed well against Grays an in doing so utilised the striking options he has at his disposal.
Westley was also able to call upon the services of Andy Drury who started a third game in a row for the first time since November.
"I think Beardo has been immense for us. He's put so much workrate into his game. He looked a little bit tired and it was good for him to get a rest."
Speaking about Drury, Westley said: "Any player is over his injury problems only until the next time they get injured. You have to be careful with players who take knocks.
"You know the ball playing ability the boy's got. His range of passing, vision and creativity goes above the level of football we're currently at.