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Oxford captain Lundstram delighted to get Wembley chance

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Oxford United captain John Lundstram is determined to make the most of his first appearance at Wembley when the U’s take on Coventry in the Checkatrade Trophy final next month.

Oxford have reached the final of the much-maligned competition for the second year in a row, but Lundstram was forced to watch the match against Barnsley last yea from the stands as he served a suspension.

The game against the Tykes ended in defeat, but Lundstram and his teammates have a second shot at Wembley glory after beating Luton in a thrilling five-goal win last night.

“I am just over the moon that I can finally get the chance to go and put it right this year,” said the 23-year-old midfielder.

“Last year was disappointing for us, even me in the stands, so if we can go there this year and do one better than that would be perfect.”

The run to the EFL Trophy final is the second cup run U’s boss Michael Appleton has masterminded this season, having seen his side narrowly beaten by Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup last month.

It has been a great season so far, and the former Blackburn manager just wants to enjoy another trip to the home of English football.

After the win at Kenilworth Road, Appleton told Radio Oxford: “You do not play at Wembley at often.

“To get the opportunity again twice in two seasons, we want to try and make sure that we do it this time around.”

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