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Stuart Findlay on Oxford United’s slow start in Sky Bet League One


Aug 22, 2022

STUART Findlay says Oxford United fans are yet to see the best of him in a U’s shirt.

The centre back arrived from Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union for an undisclosed fee last month, and has partnered Elliott Moore at the back in each of United’s league games this season.

The U’s have conceded four goals in their opening four Sky Bet League One games, keeping a clean sheet in their only league win of the season, against Cambridge United.

A slow start sees United head into this afternoon’s clash with Morecambe, sitting in 19th in League One.

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Findlay acknowledged there is more to come from himself and the rest of the side following their ponderous start.

He said: “There’s a collective point to prove and an individual point to prove.

“I don’t feel like I’ve shown exactly what I want to show yet.”

Karl Robinson’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Lincoln City in midweek, and Findlay opened up on what the mood was like in the dressing room following the loss.

The Scotland international said: “It was lower than a snake’s belly.

“Nobody wants to lose two games in a row.

“I personally came to Oxford because I wanted success and it’s something I still desperately want to get.

“Every single person wants the same thing, we’ve all got the same collective goal and losing games at home isn’t part of that.

“We had a good meeting about it, we covered what we had to and spoke about what we need to improve on.

“Now we put that behind us, look forward to Morecambe and hopefully the changing room will be a better environment after the game on Saturday.”

Oxford Mail: Stuart Findlay on the ball during the opening day defeat at Derby County. Picture: Richard ParkesStuart Findlay on the ball during the opening day defeat at Derby County. Picture: Richard Parkes

The atmosphere in the dressing room also got a little tense after the Lincoln defeat, with Findlay and Cameron Brannagan involved in a dispute.

On the players taking responsibility for the form so far, Findlay said: “He wouldn’t mind me saying it, me and Cam had a disagreement after the game but it’s just because we’re two guys with a tremendous will to win.

“I don’t care if that’s what it takes to get a performance out of each other.

“We spoke about it then, afterwards and we know where each other was coming from, and it’s just an example of everybody striving to do well.

“The reaction shows what we’re expecting this season and I’m sure it will stand us in good stead.”

Findlay has been a long-term target for United, and first emerged as a transfer target for the club back in 2019.

However, the U’s stepped away from a move when an asking price of more than £500,000 was mentioned while Findlay was at Scottish outfit Kilmarnock.

United are understood to have looked into a deal for Findlay in January, who had struggled for game time while in America, before Robinson got his man last month.