U's not fazed by cup challenge

In-form Alfie Potter, pictured in the first-round win over Bournemouth, could give Leeds a few surprises

In-form Alfie Potter, pictured in the first-round win over Bournemouth, could give Leeds a few surprises

First published in Football Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

Oxford United’s players are relishing the chance to perform on a big stage when they visit Leeds United tonight.

The U’s earned their place in the Capital One Cup second round by knocking out npower League One side Bournemouth on penalties earlier this month.

A trip to Championship opposition will provide a far greater challenge, but after winning their opening three league games the outsiders will arrive at Elland Road in confident mood.

United skipper Jake Wright sees it as a chance for the club’s players to show they are capable of performing at a higher level.

He said: “It’s a massive step up to a Championship team and one that’s looking to win the league as well.

“But these are the sort of players you want to test yourself against to see where you are.

“There are a few players in our team who think they could play at that standard, so I don’t see why we can’t go there and give a good account of ourselves.”

Alfie Potter knows the scale of the task which awaits the visitors, but is determined to make the most of the tie.

He said: “You don’t get many opportunities to play at grounds like this.

“I don’t think they will take us lightly because they’ll look at our league table and see we’ve won all our games and their manager will make sure they’re up for it.

“It’s going to be difficult, but if we can perform like we know we can, who knows?”

Potter could be the key if United are to cause an upset.

The winger has been in terrific form since the start of the season, scoring once and setting up goals against Southend and Plymouth to help the side go top of League Two.

He added: “I’m really enjoying it at the moment. I’ve had a long time out and it’s not taken me long to get into the swing of things and I couldn’t be much happier.”

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