Manager Karl Robinson looks for his team to stand up and be counted when they welcome Accrington Stanley to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night.
The U’s are looking for their first league win of the season when they take on John Coleman’s newly-promoted side, but the U’s boss believes his players will show the proper response to defeat at Portsmouth on Saturday.
“It is frustrating to have worked on this all summer and then things aren’t going our way in the first few games” he told iFollow this morning. “But we will take it on the chin and roll with the punches. I don’t think anyone is feeling sorry for themselves. We are all hurt but the only way out of this is by working harder, and that has to be our mantra moving forwards.
“We all know the results aren’t good enough but we always knew it was going to be a difficult start, even with all of our players available, and we aren’t getting judged on our strongest squad right now.
“But we have an honest group who talked about it after the game on Saturday, and we have talked again today as a group about what we need to do in future games to be successful. Tuesday night is a new game and we have a job to do, one where supporters come to watch and support us. We don’t want to let them down.But we have to make sure we go into it a bit more free in our performance levels. If we do that it turns, I know it does.”
The fans can certainly help the U’s against Stanley and Karl is looking for the whole club to pull together to get those first points on the board.
“Confidence is massive in life, not just in football, but you have to take the rough with the smooth and just get on with it. The fans are disappointed right now, I respect that, I really do, but let’s get to the ground and help each other on Tuesday. Come in and be positive with the players and stick with them. Support is through all eventualities, but we have to give you that back. We have to do that, give the fans our all, and give them something to cheer. Hopefully that happens on Tuesday night.”
See the full interview in iFollow.
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