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Lewis does job chances no harm

Mickey Lewis' did his chances of getting the Oxford job on a permanent basis no harm as they beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1.

Tom Newey scored from a set piece in the 39th minute after Lewis had granted the left-back's request to go up for set pieces.

And Lewis was further rewarded for bringing in David Connolly on deadline day as the striker extended the lead with a brilliant finish, chipping over the keeper from the edge of the box, just 11 minutes after coming off the bench.

Lewis is filling in after Chris Wilder walked out last Saturday to take over at Northampton and made the perfect start.

The interim boss said: "David Connolly may be 36 but he's prepared to run in behind people.

"When he came on with that goal and with his hold-up play, which was exceptional, I thought he showed what a class player he is."

The Dons pulled a goal back through Charlie Wyke on 75 minutes but could not force an equaliser.

It is the first time Oxford have chalked up back-to-back home wins in 18 months, and the victory does Lewis's hopes of getting the Oxford job permanently no harm.

However, he refused to be drawn on it.

"Sorry to sound a complete bore," he said, "but all I'm worried about is the next game at Bury.

"This was a good three points for us. Wimbledon really put us under pressure and we had to stand up to that.

"Tom Newey's been saying he's not bad in the box so we changed it around and put him in there, and it was a good move, and an important goal from a set piece to get us up and running.

"Perhaps Wimbledon deserved their goal near the end because they kept going and going."