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Pep Prepares for MK Test

Pep Clotet looks ahead to Saturday

31 August 2017

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Oxford United head for MK Dons on Saturday looking to build on an encouraging start to the season and an impressive 6-2 win at Stevenage on Tuesday night.

That Checkatrade Trophy victory leaves Manager Pep Clotet with some interesting choices to make as the U’s return to league action. 

“It’s never easy against a League 2 side- a couple of weeks ago we lost to Cheltenham so it was tough to go there on Tuesday and we fell behind. The team came back well and showed the right attitude and I was very happy with the level of football in the second half. Now we just want to take that into the weekend as much as possible.

“It’s a very big game because they have similar standards in terms of what they want to do and how they want to play. We have had good performances away from home so far; even though we lost at Scunthorpe I believe we deserved much better and we played very well. I expect another very good game on Saturday.”

The U’s should be able to welcome Brazilian left back Ricardinho and skipper Curtis Nelson back into the squad after they missed out on Tuesday.

“Ricardinho is fine” Pep confirmed. “He had bruising on the ribs but will be OK and with Curtis he had a bit of tackle which jarred the ankle and knee so we rested him just to let things settle so it didn’t get any worse, but I’m not worried about his fitness.”

See the full interview above, along with Pep’s thoughts on the transfer window.

We also have the thoughts of Jon Obika and Shandon Baptiste on his debut, all in iFollow right now.


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