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Derek Fazackerley looks forward to Saturday at Charlton

1 February 2018

Oxford United head for Charlton on Saturday after a successful transfer window that saw five new faces arrive at the U's.

"I think it was a positive window" Derek Fazackerley told iFollow earlier today. "There were offers for players but they were rejected and hopefully that’s for the good of the club. It’s not just about the players you bring in, it’s also about those that you keep - and sometimes the ones you turn away!" he joked.

"I think it was very positive and we have brought five younger, energetic players in. We are looking for players with enthusiasm but also hunger and desire and at that age they should be coming in to the club wanting to prove something. If they do that and help us get results then fantastic.

"Fortunately this week we have also had four or five players who have had stop start seasons coming back into the equation after injury as well so the squad is getting stronger all the time. It obviously gives us a little bit of a headache in terms of selection, but that’s what you want and we want to get a run of results together now to take us towards where we want to be.

"That competition for places means we have to get the balance right and there will be one or two not in the squad on Saturday. They won't be happy but that’s part of management at this level of football and you expect them to be professional, train and prepare for the next game because they may well be needed.

"We have a very tough game against a good side in Charlton who are on a good run of form. It’s only three weeks since we went there in the Checkatrade Trophy; I think both sides will have a few changes from that night but we did well in the second half and then won on penalties, plus we won there last season so it’s a good stadium to play at and we know there will be a good following in the away end and that should inspire us to be at our best."

See the whole interview plus the thoughts of Simon Eastwood and John Mousinho, all in iFollow right now.

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