Reds man backed to recover quickly after horror miss on home debut

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Ben Woodburn had a good game for Oxford United over the weekend as he made his home debut in a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United, but there was one moment that he will be desperate to forget.

With his side leading, Woodburn could have doubled their lead but blazed over the top from close range when he should have easily buried the chance. Thankfully for the Welshman, Oxford held on and it didn’t end up mattering.

Woodburn is playing alongside Reds academy graduate Cameron Brannagan, who moved to Oxford a couple of years ago after leaving the Reds, and the pair are living together while he’s on loan.

Brannagan told local newspaper the Oxford Mail: “I told him ‘this is serious, those chances have got to go in the net’. Ben knows that. You’ll miss chances of course and he was gutted.

“I just said ‘the next one you’ve got to put away’. Ben’s living with me now so I’m looking after him and he’s a top kid.”

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Now 19, the move to Oxford could be great for Woodburn. Since he emerged onto the scene with a goal against Leeds United in the EFL Cup a couple of years ago, he’s struggled to kick on again, but regular football and a key creative role in the side could be important.

The miss aside, it seems he has settled in Oxford quite well. The U’s have started the season in good form, earning a respectable 1-1 draw at Sunderland and then the three points against Peterborough. Woodburn played the majority of both of those matches.

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