Appleton previews Oxford clash


Michael Appleton has revealed Alfie May is 50/50 for Charlton's New Year's Day clash against Oxford United at The Valley.

The forward, who has netted 15 league goals already this season, was a doubt for the Addicks' game against Bristol Rovers but managed to play 77 minutes.

Speaking on Sunday, Appleton said: “I think with Alfie it's going to be a late call again, similar to how it was against Bristol Rovers. He’s 50/50 as it is at this moment in time.”

The Head Coach added there were no fresh injury concerns following the game and that Scott Fraser looks likely to return to the squad after missing Friday’s game with a minor calf injury.

Oxford are the visitors under new Head Coach Des Buckingham, who was appointed in November following Liam Manning’s move to Bristol City.

Appleton said: “In terms of how they approach the game and their style, we can prepare ourselves for that knowing what's coming.

“They had a couple of influential players who came off against Derby and you see the reports that they are probably similar to Alfie with a 50/50 chance of playing. Stuff like that can make it a little bit difficult, so you just have to be ready and mindful that you may have to have two or three scenarios going into the game, knowing what they can bring.”

The Addicks return to The Valley as they look to get back to winning ways. Despite conceding late goals in recent weeks, Charlton have lost only once at home since the appointment of Appleton. He said: “It’s only the Bolton game where we haven’t picked up either a victory or a draw. We’re in this sticky patch at this moment in time, we’re conceding late goals.

"We’re still putting ourselves in a position where we are really competitive and putting ourselves in a position where we can win most weeks and we need to do that against Oxford and start converting these draws at home into wins.”

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