Erratic promotion battle no surprise for Oxford United striker Connolly

David Connolly is on loan from Portsmouth until the end of the season

David Connolly is on loan from Portsmouth until the end of the season

First published in Sport Witney Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

AFTER almost two decades in professional football few things are unexpected for David Connolly, not even the wildly unpredictable results in Sky Bet League Two.

The latest round of games on Tuesday night saw all the sides in the top seven, including Oxford United, fail to take three points.

No club has been able to break clear at the top this season in a division littered with stalemates.

It has left many scratching their heads to explain why, but Connolly is not one of them.

“To win things is quite hard to do,” the U’s striker said.

“Some people go through a career never winning anything.

“It’s very difficult, so it’s no surprise if at this stage of the season teams who aren’t used to being up the top suddenly find they can’t win.

“There’s lots of reasons for it. It’s not easy and just because you’ve been there for 70 or 80 per cent of the season doesn’t mean you’re going to be there at the end.

“There will be plenty of twists and turns.”

Connolly will be hoping the form book again goes out of the window tomorrow, as United visit league leaders Chesterfield.

The 36-year-old is on loan from Portsmouth until the end of the season, by which time he is hoping to complete a clean sweep of Football League promotions.

He was part of the Southampton squad which went up in successive seasons from League One to the Premier League from 2010-11 and has also gone up to the top flight with Sunderland in 2007.

“If you can sprinkle a little bit of magic everywhere you go, that would be nice, or maybe you just get lucky,” he said.

“I’ve had promotions through every division now, apart from this one because it’s the first time I’ve played in it.

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“There are plenty of other squads who have big budgets and have spent a lot of money, but we are right up there competing with them.”

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