Kayode looks to KO leaders

KAYODE Odejayi is a striker in form, and he will be hoping to knock Charlton Athletic off their lofty perch this evening.

KAYODE Odejayi is a striker in form, and he will be hoping to knock Charlton Athletic off their lofty perch this evening.

Odejayi scored in both the opening day 4-2 win at Preston, and the U’s Carling Cup exit at Wycombe last week.

And only the acrobatics of Wycombe keeper Nikki Hyde prevented him from netting an early headed goal in Saturday’s quickfire return against the Chairboys.

Odejayi also has happy memories of Charlton’s visit to the U’s two years ago, when he scored a brace playing alongside Clive Platt in a 3-0 win.


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However, it’s not all about just scoring goals – United must get used to keeping clean-sheets at the other end, to close out games.

“If my early chance went in, then it would have been a different story,” admitted Odejayi with reference to Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

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“Getting a second goal is always important, but we could have seen out the game. It would have been nice to keep a clean-sheet, yet it’s early days.

“It’s been a bright start by everyone, and we are still undefeated,” added Odejayi, who will hope to benefit from new recruit Michail Antonio’s crossing ability.

Winger Antonio, 21, signed on a one-month loan from Reading last night.

Charlton are top of the table, following their opening day 3-0 home win over Bournemouth, and Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Notts County

But Odejayi will not be changing his approach, even for the visit of the league leaders.

“Charlton are a big club, but we won’t be treating the game any differently,” continued Odejayi.

“Hopefully we can take our bright start into the Charlton game. We are trying to express the manager’s ethics on the pitch, and possibly we will be more attack-minded this season.”

With regards his team-mate Vincent’s knee injury, Odejayi said: “Our thoughts go out to Ash. Hopefully he will be back soon.”

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