Oxford United: Deane Smalley aims to continue scoring form
Oxford United striker Deane Smalley says he needs to continue his impressive early-season form to keep his place in the U's starting line-up.
United are currently top of League Two ahead of Saturday's match at home to Wycombe, helped by the forward's tally of three goals in three matches.
Smalley has backed his side to build on their positive start and is also keen for his own productive run to continue.
"I hope so but it is only a start," Smalley told BBC Radio Oxford.
“I know I have to step up the plate. It is only three games and hopefully I can take it into the next 43 games and score more goals”
He is also jointly the division's top scorer and added that confidence is high at the Kassam Stadium as he aims to continue his good form.
"I just need to be consistent," the 24-year-old continued. "If the team keep playing well and the keep putting good deliveries into the box, hopefully I can put the ball in the back of the net.
"We are full of confidence. If they score two, then we are confident we can score three.
"I know I have to step up the plate. It is only three games and hopefully I can take it into the next 43 games and score more goals."
Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that winger Sean Rigg will be out of action for six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury.
"Everybody expected this outcome when he pulled up, he'll be working daily and we'll welcome him back when he is ready," said manager Chris Wilder.
"I just hope we don't get any more because we are picking up a few niggles, with Jon Meades and Sean, but we will regroup."