Oxford in his Sights

ARGYLE captain David Fox knows exactly what to expect from Oxford United ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup second round tie at Home Park and it is sure to be a tough game.

Despite already losing to Oxford 2-0 with goals from former Pilgrims Jamie Mackie and Curtis Nelson earlier in the Sky Bet league One season at the Kassam Stadium, Foxy says the Cup is a whole new ball game.

Argyle have recently been very strong at home, winning four of the last six games, but it is all about consistency of performance.

“They are a good team, we know it will be a different game [from the league game], they have some good technical players,” said Fox. “They have good experience as well, with boys who have been there and done it.

“Oxford are in a bit of good form at the minute but we fancy ourselves to bounce back. We seem to be a different team at home for lots of different reasons. Having home advantage is a big one. We need to put on a good performance and the incentives are there to try and win.

“I have seen on numerous occasions what a good third round draw can do. That’s what every League One and Two club wants, to try and get in that third round, and we are no different. We will be doing everything we can to make sure we are in the third round.“ 

Foxy has both highlights and moments he would rather forget when playing in the FA Cup, such as playing for Premier League Norwich City when they lost 1-0 to Non-League Luton, becoming the first top-flight side to lose to a side from the Conference since 1989.

 He said: “The game against Luton, Premier League versus Non-League, was probably the lowest of the low. It’s the one competition in the world that everyone gets excited about. I love it personally.

“I have had some great experiences with it, I have had some horrific experiences with it. That is what it does, it throws up different things every year, and this year will be no different.“

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