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Time to front up, says Batt
Damian Batt says it is up to everyone in the Oxford United squad to “become men” this week ahead of a make-or-break clash with Northampton Town this weekend.
Back-to-back wins had lifted United’s hopes of a charge into the top seven, but a 1-0 home defeat to Chesterfield on Saturday lengthened the odds once again.
It leaves them needing almost a perfect finish from the final seven games to break into the npower League Two play-offs.
As a senior player, Batt acknowledged he needed to help rally the troops, but the 28-year-old stressed the whole squad had a role to play.
He said: “It is down to the senior players, but it’s (also) down to the squad and the young players.
“They have got to really become men and put in performances, whether in training or games.”
After a run of three successive midweek games, United have a blank week to prepare for the trip to Northampton and Batt welcomed the opportunity to have several days of quality preparation.
He said: “Saturday was a big blow because any defeat is a big blow, whether you have been on a run or you’re losing games.
“We have a clear week for the players to really regroup and when it comes to next weekend we have to go out and give everything.
“It will be a massive game and one we have got go out and win.”
The full back is one of 17 first-team players whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
Of the existing squad, only James Constable and Ryan Clarke have played more games for United than Batt.
He has yet to hear about negotiations over a new deal, but insists the priority is helping the U’s finish the campaign strongly.
“I just go out and try to play the best I can every week and give my all – that’s all I’m focused on,” he said.
THE winners of the Oxford United Ladies v Everton tie have been drawn away to Bristol Academy in the FA Women’s Cup quarter-finals.
Sunday’s fifth-round fixture at the Kassam Stadium was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
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