Beano back in the swing for Oxford United

Banbury Cake: James Constable celebrates with the fans after scoring against Cheltenham James Constable celebrates with the fans after scoring against Cheltenham

James Constable is desperate to play more regularly for Oxford United after ending the longest goalscoring drought of his career.

The striker made the most of a place in the starting line-up, scoring in a 4-2 win away to Cheltenham Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

It ended a run without a goal which stretched back 21 games and almost eight months – more than double his previous longest drought at United.

The 28-year-old, known as Beano, insisted confidence had never been an issue during the long wait for a goal and he is keen to regain a central role now the run is over.

He said: “In training, I’m scoring goals day-in day-out, it’s not like I’m lacking in confidence.

“I know I can score goals – 80 for the club in four years shows I can do that.

“I read somewhere my last goal was back in February. Obviously it’s been unfortunate this season I haven’t played as many games as I would have liked, but I’m desperate to get out there and score some goals.

“We’re a close group of players and we want to play every week.

“But whatever team is picked, I can assure the fans that the XI out there are going to do the best they can to get the win.”

This summer the U’s turned down three bids from Bristol Rovers, rising to £200,000, with manager Chris Wilder saying his longest-serving player was his No 1 striker.

The U’s boss has handed more starts to Deane Smalley (eight) and Tom Craddock (seven) than Constable (six) so far this season, but was delighted with the breakthrough at Cheltenham.

“That boy is a goalscorer,” he said.

“Yes, there are other bits and pieces of the game that we and him have to work on, but you could see he stuck his chest out as soon as he scored – he was off and running.

“Hopefully he can kick on now. He led the line with Tommy really well and caused Cheltenham problems all night.”

Constable has made a habit in his career of following troughs with a glut of goals.

The striker said: “They do seem to come in patches, so hopefully I can go into the next game against Port Vale full of confidence and maybe get another.”

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1:06pm Thu 11 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

Hopefully Beano can keep his place for the PV game and grab another goal. Need someone to start scoring on a regular basis and hopefully Beano is the man to do it.

COYY
Hopefully Beano can keep his place for the PV game and grab another goal. Need someone to start scoring on a regular basis and hopefully Beano is the man to do it. COYY BigOx22

1:29pm Thu 11 Oct 12

thame-yellow says...

How Long have the fans been saying beano and tommy up front is the answer !! coyy
How Long have the fans been saying beano and tommy up front is the answer !! coyy thame-yellow

3:28pm Thu 11 Oct 12

eatmygoal says...

Completely agree with the above. Beano + 442 = goals x wins!
Completely agree with the above. Beano + 442 = goals x wins! eatmygoal

3:31pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Joe1 says...

It would be great to see JC scoring again, he has been sorely missed. Our scoring has been erratic.Let's see if CW gives a chance in our next match.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
It would be great to see JC scoring again, he has been sorely missed. Our scoring has been erratic.Let's see if CW gives a chance in our next match. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1

7:11pm Thu 11 Oct 12

karatavuk says...

We can all see where the goals will come from
It's a pity it takes Wilder so long to see the bleeding obvious.
We can all see where the goals will come from It's a pity it takes Wilder so long to see the bleeding obvious. karatavuk

8:08pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Megastar07 says...

Clarke

Capadi, Whing. Mullins. Wright

Potter.Leven. Chapman.forster cask

Craddock Beano

Subs smalley, jpp,Worley ,cox,brown

4-4-2 Chrissy boy,this team would get us promotion
Not forgetting batt,Davis,dubbery,c
ox,marsh
Clarke Capadi, Whing. Mullins. Wright Potter.Leven. Chapman.forster cask Craddock Beano Subs smalley, jpp,Worley ,cox,brown 4-4-2 Chrissy boy,this team would get us promotion Not forgetting batt,Davis,dubbery,c ox,marsh Megastar07

8:55am Fri 12 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

Megastar07 wrote:
Clarke

Capadi, Whing. Mullins. Wright

Potter.Leven. Chapman.forster cask

Craddock Beano

Subs smalley, jpp,Worley ,cox,brown

4-4-2 Chrissy boy,this team would get us promotion
Not forgetting batt,Davis,dubbery,c

ox,marsh
I would agree with some of those you have picked but I still feel Whing is better in Midfield then as a RB. I would also have O'brien at LB and he is 5x quicker then Capaldi. Does Rigg not get a look in your squad? I'm pretty sure Duberry won't play again in an Oxford Shirt (Sadly).
[quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Clarke Capadi, Whing. Mullins. Wright Potter.Leven. Chapman.forster cask Craddock Beano Subs smalley, jpp,Worley ,cox,brown 4-4-2 Chrissy boy,this team would get us promotion Not forgetting batt,Davis,dubbery,c ox,marsh[/p][/quote]I would agree with some of those you have picked but I still feel Whing is better in Midfield then as a RB. I would also have O'brien at LB and he is 5x quicker then Capaldi. Does Rigg not get a look in your squad? I'm pretty sure Duberry won't play again in an Oxford Shirt (Sadly). BigOx22

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