Davies hopes FA Cup goal can turn season around

Scott Davies scored on a rare start for Oxford United
Scott Davies scored on a rare start for Oxford United

Former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil Scott Davies is hoping his claims for regular football at Oxford United have been boosted by a superb FA Cup performance against Charlton Athletic.

The midfielder made the most of a rare start by impressing in the third round tie at The Valley, setting up United’s first goal before netting the second in a 2-2 draw.

The former Reading youth player, who was born and bred in Aylesbury, has started every game of the U’s’ cup run, but – much like fellow Aylesbury boy Rob Hall at Bolton – he has not started a League Two match since September.

The former Wycombe, Crawley and Aldershot midfielder was pleased with his performance and hopes to use it as a springboard for the rest of the season.

He told the press afterwards: “All you can do is your best when you get a chance, and hopefully I’ve done enough because I’m one of the players that hates not playing.

“You get paid to play football and sitting on the sidelines watching isn’t my idea of fun.”

U’s boss Chris Wilder said he was ‘delighted’ with Davies’ overall display.

“He (Davies) needs to be more consistent when he comes on to the pitch, whether he starts or comes off the bench. I was delighted with his performance.”