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Pep Ready to Face the Dons

U's get set for Saturday's big game

5 October 2017

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Last weekend’s performance at Peterborough has to be the standard that Oxford United aspire to when they take on AFC Wimbledon at home on Saturday.

 That’s the view of Manager Pep Clotet who saw his side come from behind to win 4-1 against the Posh last Saturday.

“It’s very important after we showed the togetherness in the squad and with the fans that we remember that we have to work extremely hard in every game” Pep told iFollow this morning. “Stay in the game, impose our football and work hard so we can keep having those sort of results.”

United followed up that win with a draw against Brighton in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday and there were plenty more positives to come out of that game according to Pep.

“It was a very competitive game against a good footballing side and at the same time it allowed us to give some game time to a number of players who haven’t been playing recently for whatever reason. I was very happy with the performance. We were also able to take a look at playing with three centre backs and to play a few players outside their usual position in case we need it. So over all it served a lot of purpose and we got a point that keeps us very much alive in that competition.”

United now take on AFC Wimbledon looking for revenge. After never previously losing to the Dons United lost both games last season. United’s Catalan boss knows all about the original Wimbledon…

“When I came to England as a kid I saw a lot of games from the Crazy Gang and Vinnie Jones, and when I was at Swansea I spoke a lot with Jack Cork whose dad Alan played for them in that era. That was great and I know we are in for a very tough game again on Saturday.

“They have speed and technique in wide areas, they mark tightly in the middle of the park, and that makes it very physical in the centre. They are not in a fantastic position in the league but they haven’t been having really bad results; they have competed in every game and we know it will be hard for us on Saturday.”

See the full interview including news on Agaon Mehmeti’s injury in iFollow where you can also hear or see the whole game LIVE.

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