Oxford United duo hail James Constable attitude

James Constable
Constable turned down a move to League One Bournemouth in the summer

Oxford United duo Michael Duberry and Jon Paul Pittman have hailed the attitude of striker James Constable.

The U's last week accepted a bid from Swindon Town for Constable but the player refused to discuss terms, while Crawley also had an offer turned down.

But Duberry and Pittman said the turmoil had not affected the striker.

"The word loyalty is not mentioned much in football," Duberry told BBC Radio Oxford. Pittman added: "He was very professional throughout."

Constable, 27, was the subject of abuse on social networking site Twitter from Oxford United fans as rumours of an exit surfaced, and he also said the period last week was one of the "toughest days" of his career.

But Pittman said Constable's personal turmoil was not evident to the other players.

"It could have been more unsettling if Beano [Constable] had taken it another way but because he was so professional it made it much easier for the lads," added Pitman.

"He may have found it difficult but he was very professional throughout."

Duberry said he hoped that now Constable was staying he could fire them to promotion.

"Listen, loyalty is not mentioned much in society so it's not just football," he said.

"It's gone now and it's done and hopefully he can score the goals to get us another promotion.

"He's going to go on a run hopefully and score six or seven in three games."

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