Oxford United: Michael Appleton urges calm in promotion run-in

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton signed a new rolling contract as Oxford United manager last week

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton appealed for calm after his side stumbled in their quest for League Two automatic promotion against Luton.

The U's were beaten 3-2 at home after throwing away an early lead.

Appleton's side will look to bounce back at Newport on Tuesday and are just a point ahead of the chasing pack for the top three with four games left.

"That's part and parcel of being in this situation at the business end of the season," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

"We want to be in these type of games. If you don't, then there's no point being here.

"We've got to deal with the pressure and expectation better."

Danny Hylton's early goal for Oxford was cancelled out before half-time by the first of two goals for Luton striker Joe Pigott.

It followed an error by goalkeeper Benji Buchel, but Appleton refused to say whether the mistake would cost him his place.

"When I've had a bit more time to think more clearly, I will make the right decision," he added. "It's unfortunate, but goalkeepers make mistakes.

"He will be hurting, so there's no point me getting on his back."

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