11:00am Friday 17th February 2012
By Mark Edwards
Lee Holmes is looking forward to a full week’s training with Oxford United – and most importantly learning the names of his teammates!
The Southampton winger joined the U’s on Tuesday morning and only had a quick training session with his new teammates before making his debut as a half-time substitute in the win over Dagenham.
Holmes played a big part in helping United get back to winning ways, and hopes to have an even bigger impact during his month on loan at the Kassam Stadium.
“It was nice to get out there and especially a bonus was getting the three points because that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
“The conditions weren’t the best, but it’s all about winning football games.”
It was a manic few hours for the 24-year-old, but first impressions count for a lot – and he believes the victory could prove to be a big one.
“Some times you need to win ugly and I think that’s what we did,” he said.
“The gaffer just wanted me to go and try and make an impact and make things difficult for their back four.
“I think that I did that a little bit, and although the game wasn’t as fluent as we would have liked and we didn’t have as much control as we like, we won.”
Holmes was one of four debutants for United on Tuesday night, with Oli Johnson also making his first start.
In fact, out of the five attacking players in the squad, only James Constable was at the club three weeks ago.
“I trained in the afternoon, and it will be interesting to train a little bit more – knowing everyone’s names is the difficult one so the longer we spend training the better,” he laughed.
“The more I gel, it will only get better.
“There are a few people in the same boat in that they have only just come here, but the quicker we settle in the better it will be for the side.
“It’s all about how you perform on the pitch – and that is determined sometimes by team spirit and you can see we have that.
“It has all happened a bit quick, so maybe wasn’t ideal preparation, but the three points are all that matters.”
Holmes played on the right flank when he came on against Dagenham despite being a left-footer.
But he says that he is equally at home on either flank.
“I’m not fussed which side I play,” he said.
“I have played a lot of my games for Southampton this season on the right.
“I am obviously a natural left-footer, but I have really enjoyed playing on the right for them and if the manager here wants me to do it I will be more than happy to as I feel it gives me more options.
“I’ll be looking to get the ball as often as I can and hopefully I can show what I can do and help Oxford get some more wins during my time here.”
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