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Eastham: We want to get back to winning ways at Oxford

Defender looks ahead to Tuesday night's game

9 April 2018

Ashley Eastham says his side are looking to secure their League One status by picking up another victory, when they travel to Oxford United on Tuesday night.

Eastham – who scored his third goal of the season at Rotherham on Saturday – spoke after the defeat in South Yorkshire, as Town face a run of three games in eight days.

Oxford have a new manager in the form of former Charlton boss Karl Robinson, with the Yellows just four points below Fleetwood with a game in hand.

“It will be a tough test,” said Eastham.

“They have a new manager and the players have a point to prove – they are in a similar league position to us and they’ll want to get to safety.

“We need to target at least one more win to secure our League One status, and we’ll be going there to get that three points as soon as possible.”

Saturday’s defeat at Rotherham was the team’s first loss under the leadership of John Sheridan, with Eastham keen to put the defeat behind the team.

“We are disappointed with the result but we have sat down after the game and talked about what happened.

“The manager thinks we have been fantastic since his arrival and I just think we let our standards slip, and probably played too much respect to the opposition.

“We allowed them too much of the ball, we never got into their faces and that cost us in the end.”

Eastham scored on Saturday, and also netted in the reverse fixture at Kassam Stadium last season – a 3-1 victory for the Cod Army.

“For us, it’s nice to chip in with goals from time to time, but ultimately we pride ourselves on the clean-sheets.

“We have done that recently, but today we conceded a few sloppy goals and that’s the disappointing thing from our perspective.”

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