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SWINDON TOWN: Duberry aims to score...in the right net
OXFORD defender Michael Duberry has developed an unwanted knack of scoring own goals this season, but he is determined to put the ball in the right net tomorrow and help Oxford secure the derby bragging rights once again.
The 36-year-old has put through his own net three times in his last four matches - not the kind of form a player wants when approaching one of the biggest fixtures of the season.
But Duberry has been involved in plenty of derby matches during his career and he is confident that his vast experience will help him rise to the occasion.
“When I signed, the thing people said to me was ‘you have to beat Swindon’,” he said.
“Before we played at the County Ground I knew it was a big game, but when you got on the pitch there, that sea of yellow and blue was amazing.
“I’m sure it’s going to be just as good on Saturday – the place will be roaring here.
“I’d love to score in that match, but I love keeping clean sheets as well and stopping scoring own goals is the first port of call right now!”
With Duberry in the latter stages of his career, he knows these kind of games are the ones he has to savour.
“I love matches like this,” he added. “You can see the finishing line as a player so you love everything to do with the big games.
“You want to savour games like when we won at their place, walking up to the fans at the end and being part of history.
“These games are brilliant and you want as many big moments as possible and this is one of them.”
But despite the importance of the game to the clubs’ respective fans, the players know that it is all about the three points at this crucial stage of the season.
Swindon are looking to extend their lead at the top of the standings, while a win for Oxford would strengthen their play-off charge.
“There is so much going on that you can’t ignore what a huge game it is,” added Duberry.
“But the victory there won’t decide whether we are going up or not, and the game here won’t decide whether we go up. But what it will affect is our momentum.”