Oxford United relishing cup trip to Leeds

Herald Series: United keeper Ryan Clarke is mobbed after his penalty shoot-out save United keeper Ryan Clarke is mobbed after his penalty shoot-out save

Oxford United are relishing the chance to go up against npower Championship opposition after drawing Leeds United in the Capital One Cup.

The U’s memorably knocked out League One outfit Bournemouth on penalties in the first round, earning them a place in the draw.

A trip to Elland Road later this month is their reward and the players cheered at the training ground when the game was confirmed.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke was one of the key players against Bournemouth, saving Marc Pugh’s penalty to help win the shoot-out.

The 30-year-old is keen to prove the U’s can handle playing a team from the second tier.

He said: “Every player in our league will tell you the same, so to pit ourselves against a big Championship team will be good for all of us to show what we can do.

“It will be my first time going to Elland Road, as it will be for a few of the boys, so it will be a good experience and we’ll enjoy it.

“We’ll give it a go and will back ourselves to put in a good performance – you never know what could happen.”

It will be United’s first visit to Elland Road since losing an FA Cup tie 4-0 there in January 1998.

More than 18,000 watched Leeds beat Shrewsbury Town 4-0 in the first round and a similar gate would net the U’s a useful windfall.

Owner and chairman Ian Lenagan said: “It won’t be millions, I think Oxford made about £50,000 out of the West Ham match (in 2010).

“At its minimum, this game will be worth half of that, but could easily be worth £50-60,000, which isn’t insignificant.”

Michael Duberry was thrilled to be paired with one of his former clubs.

On Twitter, the veteran defender, who is recovering from Monday’s neck surgery on a prolapsed disc , even suggested he might attend the game.

He tweeted: “We have drawn my old club #LUFC in the cup. I might travel up to watch the game as its always a great atmosphere at Elland Rd at night #OUFC.

Before adding: “I am buzzing the lads got a draw at a big club. I’m sure they will give a great account of themselves and may even cause an upset! #OUFC”

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7:45pm Thu 16 Aug 12

oldun says...

Remember that great 3-2 FA Cup replay win there in 1993-94 - just two seasons after Leeds had been England's top team?. Happy days - so long ago. Time we got back to the 'big time' - when we were in what is now called "the Championship" . Come on U's - up we go !! As you know success in one season in both League and Cup has been achieved by United - In 83-84, we did brilliantly in both League (Champions) and the Cup - knocking out Newcastle, Leeds and Moanchester United - when they put out full strength teams in the League Cup. Happy days!
Remember that great 3-2 FA Cup replay win there in 1993-94 - just two seasons after Leeds had been England's top team?. Happy days - so long ago. Time we got back to the 'big time' - when we were in what is now called "the Championship" . Come on U's - up we go !! As you know success in one season in both League and Cup has been achieved by United - In 83-84, we did brilliantly in both League (Champions) and the Cup - knocking out Newcastle, Leeds and Moanchester United - when they put out full strength teams in the League Cup. Happy days! oldun
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7:52pm Thu 16 Aug 12

oldun says...

Leeds 2 United 3 Leeds X1 included Gary Kelly, Tony Dorigo, Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister and Gary Speed. - easy FA Cup win for us at Elland Road - let's do it again
Leeds 2 United 3 Leeds X1 included Gary Kelly, Tony Dorigo, Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister and Gary Speed. - easy FA Cup win for us at Elland Road - let's do it again oldun
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10:32pm Thu 16 Aug 12

gburke says...

' The veteran defender even suggested he might attend the game. '. I am a firm believer that all injured or dropped playing staff should attend the game regardless. Its a shame dubes is out, mind, because it would be a great game to have in your final season against one of your old teams.
' The veteran defender even suggested he might attend the game. '. I am a firm believer that all injured or dropped playing staff should attend the game regardless. Its a shame dubes is out, mind, because it would be a great game to have in your final season against one of your old teams. gburke
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6:30am Fri 17 Aug 12

Chish and Fips says...

Yeah think you have a better draw than us, after we wallopped Brighton 3-0 we have the un fancied trip to Stoke City, who are renown for the physical, hoof ball and long throws.
Yeah think you have a better draw than us, after we wallopped Brighton 3-0 we have the un fancied trip to Stoke City, who are renown for the physical, hoof ball and long throws. Chish and Fips
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3:32pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Mick E says...

Chish, if you haven't got the picture yet, nobody cares who you've got unless its the team that this column is written for.
Chish, if you haven't got the picture yet, nobody cares who you've got unless its the team that this column is written for. Mick E
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7:28pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Chish and Fips says...

Mick E wrote:
Chish, if you haven't got the picture yet, nobody cares who you've got unless its the team that this column is written for.
You are only jealous of our result ;o) - if you read it properly it was just saying you lot had a better draw I thought - anything wrong in saying that or are you so narrow minded to see or read anyone else's opinion - we don't care who you lot have either particularly it was just an just an observation, you miserable whotsit.
[quote][p][bold]Mick E[/bold] wrote: Chish, if you haven't got the picture yet, nobody cares who you've got unless its the team that this column is written for.[/p][/quote]You are only jealous of our result ;o) - if you read it properly it was just saying you lot had a better draw I thought - anything wrong in saying that or are you so narrow minded to see or read anyone else's opinion - we don't care who you lot have either particularly it was just an just an observation, you miserable whotsit. Chish and Fips
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