First Team Coach Chris Allen is hoping Oxford United can keep their current form going as they welcome Rotherham United to Grenoble Road on Saturday.
A draw against Charlton on Tuesday made it ten points from a possible 12 for the U’s who now test themselves against a MIllers side also in the promotion pack.
“Rotherham are in the play-off zone and there are no easy games so we expect a game like we had against Charlton in midweek” Chris told iFollow this morning. “Rotherham are going to be right at it; their recent form is really good and I’m sure they will want a reaction after losing on Tuesday. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Rotherham lost to Wimbledon on Tuesday and with the U’s now back on track after a blip themselves Chris believes consistency will be the key over the next few games:
“Shrewsbury and Wigan are the ones to do it so far” he said “but we are looking for a bit of consistency ourselves and you just need to keep picking up wins. When you look at the Charlton game it was two good teams. They have some good creative players and we have the same here. We looked at the stats and it was very close in terms of shots and possession so maybe a draw was fair, but if we’d sneaked a goal at the end to win it then I don’t think there would have been too many complaints and we were very pleased with our performance.”
Joe Rothwell returns to the squad after suspension and Manager Pep Clotet has some interesting choices to make.
“The Manager loves those headaches” Chris laughed! “You’d rather have them than see players in the treatment room. Alex Mowatt came in and did well, Xemi and Jon Obika made an impact as a subs and we have Robbie Hall and Dwight Tiendalli as well so there are a few options. Pep talks to me and Faz and Dan Bond who looks at the opposition. Pep talks to all of us and we bounce ideas off each other and collaborate on the team selection so we have plenty to talk about this week.
“It’s still early days but we will just keep our heads down, keep ticking over and keep putting points on the board game by game, starting on Saturday.”