Pre Oxford Presser

Here’s Steve Parkin's pre Oxford press conference in full…

On Shrewsbury

"We watched the video back on the bus on the way home and there was a real intensity about the lads. First half, I think we were still the better side and we were unlucky to hit the post with Chris Maguire. We just said to them to give us more of the same in the second half but to be more clinical. Sadly, we dominated the game - the stats tell us that - but we just couldn't put the ball in the net. There was no lack of endeavour and effort. In the final third, the crossing and the shooting was pretty good. It was just one of those days where it wouldn't go in. If you compare it to the Wycombe game, we never really created a great deal. On Saturday we created enough chances for two games. The one thing me and Phil would like to do is create as many opportunities as we can for the front players, of course. The key thing for us is to get more crosses in the box, but quality crosses. I think first half we were getting a lot of crosses in the box but maybe from too deep. Certainly, in the second half we have created two or three opportunities. Aiden (McGeady) has flashed one across the face and ordinarily on another day we would probably score.”

On getting to know the squad

"They have been great the lads, to be fair. Everything we have tried to do in training, they have really bought in to. They are a good set of lads and they understand success is important to this football club. I think if we carry on playing the way that we played on Saturday then we will certainly win more games than we lose."

On Oxford

"Very much an in-form team, going well and scoring goals. They picked up a couple of injuries at the weekend so we are not sure who their team will be. It is a great opportunity for our lads. We will see how everybody is tomorrow and we will make sure everyone is nice and fresh. But I think it is and opportunity to progress in a fantastic competition and we have got to meet the challenge head-on."

On the importance of a cup run

"When we were at Bradford we went right to the final and the confidence that gave our team that year was massive. It creates a thing called momentum. Winning is a great habit and the prize is there for us. We are playing a team in our own division, we are not playing a Premier League club and hopefully if we put on a great performance then we will hopefully go through. We have been through it and it is a wonderful experience. Hopefully we can get through, get a big club in the quarter-final which will help us financially and get a full stadium at home."

Will there be changes?

"We feel as though we played well enough at the weekend not to change a great deal it was just a case of putting the ball in the net. We will definitely look at it tomorrow. He (Parkinson) has had a chat with the players on the training ground today and we will leave a decision until tomorrow. He will think long and hard about it, like he always does, and make a decision tomorrow before we do a little bit of training."

On a hectic start to life at Sunderland

"It has been hectic in terms of the run of fixtures but we just have to make sure we do our job to the very best and the players do the same."

On injuries

"We have got some of the injured lads coming back so the squad is going to be reasonably strong over the next few weeks. Hopefully Charlie (Wyke) won't be too long, Goochy won't be too long. In an ideal world you don't want a backlog of fixtures but if your squad is strong enough it should be able to cope with it. Burgey, the goalkeeper, who came off with a hip-flexor injury (is out), but everyone else is fine. Brandy, the physio, is going to make a decision over the next couple of days on whether he scans him or not. I don't think it is too bad, it is just one of those slight injuries you can pick up when a goalkeeper is kicking the ball all the time and hopefully it will settle down over the next couple of days."

On whether a cup run can affect promotion

"I think it is important. It is another football match we want to win. The thing is if we can get on a run and get confidence, any kind of victory in the cup or the league is really important. I don't see it as a hindrance at all. It is a pleasure to still be in the competition and in 2014 with Bradford it got the whole place bubbling and it can build real momentum with the supporters and the players."

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