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WALLACE ON OXFORD LOSS

11 January 2017

Stand-in skipper Murray Wallace was visibly upset, as his Iron side were defeated 4-1 at Oxford United on Tuesday night.

The visitors had opened the scoring when Luke Williams was fouled in the box, with the winger then dispatching the spot kick himself.

After the opener, Marvin Johnson equalised for the hosts. It then only took another four minutes for Kane Hemmings to score his first of the night to complete a quick comeback. Hemmings then went on to complete a hat-trick in the second period.

“It’s embarrassing to be honest, to concede four goals against any team,” Wallace told The Iron PlayerHD.

“From a defender’s point of view especially, it’s just embarrassing.

“We came out in the second half and didn’t give anything, after going down 2-1. For 20 minutes in the first half I thought we played well, and we maybe should have got a couple of goals.

“After that it feels like we have just given up for the rest of the game.”

“Recently we’ve been conceding too many goals, and I think that’s something we need to address. We need to get back to keeping clean sheets," he continued.

Wallace, who had turned 24 on Tuesday, didn’t want to view the defeat in a lighter manner with it being a cup game, and stressed that no matter whether it’s the cup or the league, the team want to win games.

He said: “It’s not nice to lose like that in any game, to be honest. To say that it’s just the Checkatrade, and that it’s not as bad, it doesn’t make a difference really.”

United travel to Northampton on Saturday, and the defender claimed that with two away games coming up next, the players must react quickly and get back to winning ways.

“We have a couple of tough away games coming up, and we need to go there and be really solid, and try to get back to keeping clean sheets," he said.

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