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Charlie chipper after Oxford double

The skipper eclipsed last season's goal tally with his two-goal haul at the Kassam Stadium

21 November 2017

Charlie Mulgrew hit two first half goals to take his tally to five for the season, but says goalscoring doesn't concern him - it's all about getting the three points.

The 31-year-old scored a header to open the scoring at the Kassam Stadium before holding his nerve to confidently stick away the penalty for Rovers' third goal of the night and really put daylight between the two sides.

And despite conceding twice, Mulgrew admitted he was pretty content with the night's work.

"As always it's the three points that's the most important thing come full time," the skiper reflected.

"It doesn't matter how they come, but the boys are a little bit down in the changing room at the end because of the goals we conceded, which I think tells you a lot about the standards we set here. It shows the determination in the squad to not concede goals.

"I think in the next few days we'll see it as a good win away from home and we move on to the next one.

"It was a good start and a shame we never kept it going. We're happy with the start and the three points."

"The first goal is big in any game. We showed we can come back from a goal down against Barnet and also shown we can extend leads when we take them like tonight, so we're showing good signs."

You don't normally see defenders step up to the plate for spot kicks, but Charlie was confident of getting the task done, rifling it past ex-Rover Simon Eastwood to make it a perfect start for the visitors inside the opening 17 minutes.

"I thought I'd take responsibility. I fancied myself to score so stepped up, knew what corner I'd pick and thankfully it went in.

"I don't go into games thinking about scoring, I want clean sheets. Genuinely I'd be happier with a 2-0 win and a clean sheet but I'll take the goals when they come.

"The time we conceded the first was disappointed. It's a strange one tonight really. We scored four away from home, but are disappointed to have conceded two."

Joe Nuttall's second half finish eased the nerves for Rovers with 20 minutes to go after a second half where the side were mainly under the cosh from the U's.

And Charlie was full of praise for the 20-year-old, who's made quite an impact since linking up with Tony Mowbray's side in the summer.

"Joe's goal came at a good time for us when we were under a little bit of pressure in the second half. They had a lift and some encouragement, we got the goal on the break and that then settled the nerves a little bit.

"Joe's done really well right from the start. He has everything and a great attitude for a young player. He has everything. He can finish, is quick, can hold it up and we're all happy to have him.

"It's been a good few days for us and we're all delighted. We need to move on to Saturday and ready to approach the game well. It's a crucial time in the season now."


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