Oxford United striker Pat Hoban keen to unleash 'caged animal'

Patrick Hoban
Patrick Hoban has scored one goal as a substitute for Oxford this season

Oxford United striker Patrick Hoban hopes to unleash the "caged animal" his manager once described him as when he finally gets regular starts.

Irishman Hoban, 24, has begun just two games in all competitions this season for Michael Appleton's side.

Despite limited opportunities for Hoban, the club say they are not planning to send him out on loan.

"I've got to wait for my chance and hopefully that animal instinct comes out when it does," he told BBC Sport.

The former Dundalk front man has hit form in the U's Development side, scoring seven goals in five games, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa.

"Caged animal was the manager's term he used for me last season, not mine," he added. "But it does feel like that at the moment. I'm chomping at the bit waiting to get in.

"It's not just me that's not getting a look-in currently. There's a few of us having to push the lads in front of us and that's what you need to gain promotion and win things.

Third-placed Oxford saw a run of four wins in all competitions ended on Saturday as they conceded a two-goal lead in a draw at Leyton Orient.

Their next challenge is a visit from top-of-the-table Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, and Hoban hopes to make the line-up.

"Nobody wants to be that player who's waiting to come into a side. I want to be in the team on merit," he said.