Oxford United: Michael Appleton guarding against complacency

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton is drawing inspiration from Alex Ferguson's new book

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is guarding against complacency despite a run of four wins in all competitions.

United, third in League Two, travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday, backed by a sold out allocation of 1,400 away fans.

But Appleton is keeping his squad grounded even though they have made a strong start after 12 league games.

"I don't want to use the word 'paranoia', but I'm almost telling staff and players not to get carried away," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

The former Blackburn, Portsmouth and Blackpool manager revealed he is taking inspiration from ex-Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson.

"He says he was always sharpest as a manager straight after a defeat," Appleton added.

Oxford's run of four wins in all competitions
29 September: York 1-2 Oxford United (League Two)
3 October: Accrington 1-3 Oxford United (League Two)
6 October: Oxford United 2-0 Swindon (Football League Trophy)
10 October: Oxford United 1-0 Wimbledon (League Two)

"Complacency is the evil of all evils in football. When you're winning games, it can become rather easy at times and you can become a bit blasé.

"As much as I enjoy winning games and being successful, I'm very, very cautious to the fact that things can change very quickly.

"Nobody will be taking their foot off the gas."

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