Red-hot Vale striker holds no fears for Oxford United captain

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JAKE Wright is relishing the chance to come up against npower League Two’s most dangerous striker tonight.

The U’s skipper is back after recovering from a minor knee injury last week and will need to be at his best against Port Vale striker Tom Pope.

The 27-year-old had not been prolific until this season, when he has bagged 12 goals in 14 games, with ten coming in his last eight appearances.

Wright is looking forward to the battle and is hoping to repeat his performance from last weekend, when Gillingham front man Danny Kedwell was kept quiet in a 0-0 draw at the Kassam Stadium.

He said: “(Pope’s) flying at the moment, I’ve played against him a few times.

“He’s a big boy and a handful, but it’s going to be an interesting battle.

“Gillingham had Kedwell and he was a similar player – hopefully I can keep Pope quiet like him and we can get another clean sheet.”

The goalless draw with league leaders Gillingham has given Wright confidence of taking at least a point from another of the division’s top sides.

He said: “I think they’re probably the best team in the league at the moment.

“They’re playing really well, but Gillingham were the form team when they came to us and we did very well against them.

“We’ll go there trying to win the game, but if we can’t do that then we’ll make sure we don’t get beaten, so we can carry on this little run to make it four games.”

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11:20am Mon 15 Oct 12

Joe1 says...

It is clear, that Wright does miss MD alongside him. Last Season our defence was one of the best in this Div.It will be tough this Evening it would be really good to see us play well & on the Box for the whole Country to see.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
It is clear, that Wright does miss MD alongside him. Last Season our defence was one of the best in this Div.It will be tough this Evening it would be really good to see us play well & on the Box for the whole Country to see. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1
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12:20pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Open your eyes says...

Looking forward to what we will serve up on National TV. Come on you Yellows.
Looking forward to what we will serve up on National TV. Come on you Yellows. Open your eyes
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12:20pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Open your eyes says...

Looking forward to what we will serve up on National TV. Come on you Yellows.
Looking forward to what we will serve up on National TV. Come on you Yellows. Open your eyes
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4:04pm Mon 15 Oct 12

OxRoxBox says...

Pope's got no hope in scoring tonight against the Yellow hot Yellows!

COYY!!!
Pope's got no hope in scoring tonight against the Yellow hot Yellows! COYY!!! OxRoxBox
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4:54pm Mon 15 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

I hope JW can keep him quite. But its not just about Pope. They are a strong squad all round. 442 with Beano and TC upfront is a must tonight.

COYY
I hope JW can keep him quite. But its not just about Pope. They are a strong squad all round. 442 with Beano and TC upfront is a must tonight. COYY BigOx22
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4:57pm Mon 15 Oct 12

thame-yellow says...

i agree with bigox22
i agree with bigox22 thame-yellow
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10:10pm Mon 15 Oct 12

RADIOFAN says...

Goalkeeper to blame for two goals. Defending which would been even embarassing if we played the youth team back four. A midfield with no bite or flair.and going forward we looked about as deadly as a grass snake. Anybody who now doesnt think Oxford are not in a relegation battle are seriously kidding themselves. Injuries or no injuries its going to be a long long season.
Goalkeeper to blame for two goals. Defending which would been even embarassing if we played the youth team back four. A midfield with no bite or flair.and going forward we looked about as deadly as a grass snake. Anybody who now doesnt think Oxford are not in a relegation battle are seriously kidding themselves. Injuries or no injuries its going to be a long long season. RADIOFAN
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10:16pm Mon 15 Oct 12

karatavuk says...

Get Wilder out before it is too late.

Total humiliation on national TV tonight.
Get Wilder out before it is too late. Total humiliation on national TV tonight. karatavuk
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10:34am Tue 16 Oct 12

OxRoxBox says...

Oh dear - what a NAtionwide embarrassment. Everyone is extracting the urine at work today. To have been on Sky was a thrill, to lose to Port Vale would have been no disgrace but to perform like that was pathetic. I can't blame the strikeforce particularly as the supply to them was woeful.
Now the whole football nation knows how great we are

COYY! Please?
Oh dear - what a NAtionwide embarrassment. Everyone is extracting the urine at work today. To have been on Sky was a thrill, to lose to Port Vale would have been no disgrace but to perform like that was pathetic. I can't blame the strikeforce particularly as the supply to them was woeful. Now the whole football nation knows how great we are COYY! Please? OxRoxBox
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8:11pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Chish and Fips says...

OxRoxBox wrote:
Pope's got no hope in scoring tonight against the Yellow hot Yellows!

COYY!!!
Self inflicted torment there ORB .... nice one ....
[quote][p][bold]OxRoxBox[/bold] wrote: Pope's got no hope in scoring tonight against the Yellow hot Yellows! COYY!!![/p][/quote]Self inflicted torment there ORB .... nice one .... Chish and Fips
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