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U's Look to Bounce Back at Rotherham

Derek Fazackerley looks ahead to Tuesday night

12 February 2018

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Oxford United quickly get the chance to get back to winning ways when they travel to Rotherham on Tuesday evening.

It’s an early opportunity to get the defeat against Bristol Rovers on Saturday out of their system, as Derek Fazackerley told iFollow this morning:

“One of the good things about football is that you very quickly turn to the next game in two or three days time and in our case it’s a good game at Rotherham against a side going very well, and it’s a game that everyone should want to play in.

"At the moment the home games are causing us a bit of a problem: I think we’ve lost five of the last eight at home now, and two of the ones we won were in the very last minute of the game so that need to be addressed but the approach isn’t too different whether we are home or away and when you are going to places like Rotherham you know that you have to be at your best against a side that are unbeaten in 11 games, but that’s the sort of test you look forward to.”

United had one or two knocks from Saturday, with Joe Rothwell the most serious but Faz is confident that the midfielder will be OK.

“Joe should be OK. That was more cramp than anything else. After the time he had off with his hamstring it was wise to take him off at that time on Saturday, especially as it was only his second game back. Simon Eastwood has a little soreness in his Achilles but the physios will have a look at him this morning and I don’t think there’s any major problem there, but other than that we are fine.

“Mike Williamson, Jon Obika, Robbie Hall and Cameron Brannagan should all be out on the training ground again this week and hopefully in contention for the game at the weekend.”

See the full interview, including Faz's thoughts on Cameron Brannagan's return, plus a chat with Isaac Buckley-Ricketts in iFollow right now.

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