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Published: 09:57 | 12/1/16

Appleton: Oxford were outstanding


Oxford United manager Michael Appleton called his players "outstanding" after watching them come from behind to beat Swansea City 3-2 in the FA Cup third round at the Kessam Stadium.

Pablo Montero's back heel gave the Premier League side the lead but a penalty from Liam Sercombe and a brace in 10 minutes either side of the break from Kemar Roofe gave the Us a commanding lead.

Despite Bafetimbi Gomis' reply Oxford held on for a deserved win which left their manager delighted.

"I thought the performance was outstanding, it was always going to be a difficult game against a Premier League side," Appleton said.

"I don't want to give Kemar Roofe too much praise as he's just over there but he's done ever so well this year - we're very used to seeing goals like his first one today in many games this year.

"This is reward for everyone at the football but it's really important to gain promotion and if we can improve on the squad it will stand us in good stead.

"I'm not worried about people coming in for our players, you've got to take it in your stride and the club want to bring players in who can go on and improve themselves.

"But I don't think there are many players that want to leave just now."

Roofe meanwhile was equally enthused by the whole experience.

"It's going crazy out there, everyone is bouncing, the atmosphere was brilliant and it's the same in the dressing room now," he said.

"We're probably used to more possession in the league and obviously we came up against a well-known passing team but we matched them and got in their faces.

"I don't think they underestimated us, we were just on our game and luck was on our side.

"We'll enjoy the moment tonight, maybe have the day off tomorrow and get back on it the day after."

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