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Wright hails Potter magic
Jake Wright hailed Alfie Potter as the best player in Sky Bet League Two after the winger played a key role in Oxford United’s win at Burton Albion.
The 24-year-old opened the scoring with an eye-catching run and shot at the Pirelli Stadium, setting up a 2-0 victory which kept the U’s second in the table.
It was his third goal of the campaign, putting the rapidly improving Potter on the way to beating his career-best 11 goals from last season.
He also destroyed Ports-mouth on the opening day of the campaign, scoring twice and setting up a double for Deane Smalley in the 4-1 win.
Wright was thrilled with Potter’s impact on Saturday, and believes his teammate is ahead of everyone else in the division.
He said: “When Alfie is playing like that, he’s different class and is impossible to play against.
“We just have to give him the ball as much as possible and let him do his thing. He will do it against a lot of teams this year.
“To me he’s the best player in the league, he’s been different class.”
He added: “He played really well last season and was consistent, but if he carries on like he has done this will be his best year.”
Wright was delighted just to be lining up alongside the former Peterborough trainee on Saturday.
The game was the side’s first after the transfer window closed and United’s skipper was expecting Potter to attract offers in August.
He said: “I’m surprised he didn’t go, to be fair.
“I’m really happy he didn’t. For us to do well this season we have to keep Alfie Potter fit.”
Another positive from Saturday came in the form of United’s other right winger, Ryan Williams.
The loanee from Fulham, 19, had previously struggled to make an impact, but set up the visitors’ second goal with a classy run and cross.
Wright was not surprised after being on the receiving end in training.
He said: “When Ryan came on he is a really dangerous player.
“We have seen him in training and he terrorises us.
“He is really difficult to mark, so we knew we just had to give him and Alfie the ball and let them do their thing.”
FORMER Oxford United fullback Damian Batt, who announced last Thursday he was quitting professional football, has signed for part-timers Eastleigh, who top Skrill South.
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