Fox's delight at scoring two in two

COLCHESTER United boss Paul Lambert mentioned David Fox in the same breath as Paul Scholes last week, and the U's equivalent of the Manchester United star again caught the eye on Saturday.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United boss Paul Lambert mentioned David Fox in the same breath as Paul Scholes last week, and the U's equivalent of the Manchester United star again caught the eye on Saturday.

Central midfielder Fox, who used to be a club-mate of Scholes at Old Trafford, followed up his deadly free-kick at Norwich with a clinical volley in the 2-1 win over Yeovil.

The 25-year-old is almost embarrassed to be likened to fellow attacking midfielder Scholes, who has been capped 66 times by England, as well as making more than 600 senior appearances for Manchester United.


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But the comparison also acts as an inspiration to the U's new summer signing.

“For the manager to liken me to Paul Scholes is some compliment!” insisted Fox.

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“If I can be just half the player that he is, then I'll be happy. I tried to watch him and learn off him during my days at Old Trafford.

“I'm not sure it's deserving of me to be compared to Paul Scholes. I'm not sure about that at all. He was always one of my heroes, but I'll take the praise if it comes from the manager!” added Fox.

Fox never actually made a senior appearance for Manchester United, although he did skipper the Reserves and totalled 56 outings in the FA Premier Reserve League.

He has certainly not looked back since his move from Blackpool in July.

“It's vital that we score some goals from midfield this season, and I couldn't have started much better than two goals in the first two league games,” said Fox.

“However, the most important thing is that we have won two-out-of-two in the league. It was important that we started properly, after conceding so early against Leyton Orient (Carling Cup defeat), and it was good to score early.

“My goal took a little deflection to take it past the keeper, which helped. I just tried to get it on target.

“Ash (Ashley Vincent) was a different class. The variation of pace, both from him and Simon Hackney, really helps the team.

“But 2-0 is a difficult score to defend, because if the other team get a sniff then they're right back in it. We just couldn't find that third goal.

“It was all a massive contrast to Tuesday (against Leyton Orient), but our main focus is on the league. We are top of the league, and we want to stay there as long as we can.

“We are all up for it! We want to keep up with the likes of Leeds and Charlton as long as we can,” concluded Fox.

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