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League 2 Preview 2014-15: Oxford United

21 June 2014

We take a look at The U's ahead of next season...

LAST SEASON

A strong start to the campaign, and some excellent away form, saw Oxford United firmly in contention for not only a play-off place, but automatic promotion. However, the departure of Chris Wilder to relegation threatened Northampton Town saw The U’s form dip. Gary Waddock was appointed as their new boss, but he was unable to maintain their early season form as they finished just shy of a play-off spot in eighth position.

THE MANAGER

Following Wilder’s departure, it took a while for Oxford United to appoint Gary Waddock as their new permanent manager. His first game in charge was in fact their 3-0 defeat to Blues at Roots Hall live on Sky Sports. Waddock has previously managed Aldershot Town and Wycombe Wanderers. As a player he spent most of his career with Queens Park Rangers.

THE MEN TO WATCH

Alfie Potter is Oxford’s star man. The tricky winger has been with the club since 2010 and has made over 100 appearances for the club. His pace causes defences real problems.

Dave Kitson is an experienced striker who joined in 2013. His first season ended with just four league goals, but at 34 his experience plays an important part for Oxford United.

The U’s have signed striker Danny Hylton after an unsuccessful spell at Rotherham United. He made over 200 appearances for Aldershot Town, and had loans at Bury and AFC Wimbledon last season.

WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER

Danny Hylton has signed a deal with the club to bring him in from Rotherham United, while James Constable has left to join Eastleigh.

Sean Rigg has moved to AFC Wimbledon but Tom Newey has agreed a new deal with the club.

Right-back Matt Bevans will remain with the club after they activated a clause in his contract.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Blues just edge the overall record of the two sides with 20 wins, while Oxford have won 19 times. There have been just five draws between the sides.

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