Oxford United: Pat Hoban hopes to cause selection dilemma

Pat Hoban scores a penalty against Braintree
Pat Hoban scored the second of his two goals against Braintree from the penalty spot

Oxford United striker Pat Hoban hopes his three goals in two cup ties will have caused a selection dilemma for his manager Michael Appleton.

The Irishman netted twice in the second half of Tuesday's FA Cup first round replay victory against Braintree.

Hoban, 24, also scored against Dagenham on 11 November in the Football League Trophy southern section third round.

"I'd love to start the next league game on Saturday, but nothing's ever a given," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

The former Dundalk striker has found himself on the fringes of the starting line-up this season with his only league goal coming as a substitute against Luton in August.

"Everyone's playing so well in the squad at the moment. Everyone's chipping in with goals across the side and that's what you want," he added.

"If I just keep my confidence up, it gives the manager options."

Hoban's team-mate Callum O'Dowda was thrilled to see him in the goals as Oxford came from behind against National League Braintree to book a place in the FA Cup second round against Forest Green.

"It's nice to see Pat score as he works so hard in training," the winger said.

"The depth we have in the squad means people are coming off the bench who are strong making it hard to keep your place."