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Robinson Delighted With Ireland Tour

Reaction as United return home from Dublin

12 July 2018

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson was delighted by the progress his side made during their two week stay in Dublin.

The U's trained hard in the Dublin heatwave and also managed to win all three friendlies, watched by a travelling army of over 500 Oxford fans.

"I'm not too worried about the results" Karl said "but the number of fans out here is incredible. People kept telling me about how many people went to see the club in pre-season but it wasn't until Monday night when there were so many yellow shirts in the stands that I really appreciated it. I want to thank those fans and I hope they had a fantastic time in Ireland. 

"In terms of the games I was really happy with the performance against UCD on Wednesday. People maybe have to understand just how tired this group of players is after close to two weeks of really intense training. They have worked their socks off and done that without moaning once, even when they were exhausted.

"I actually thought the last game was the toughest one and maybe the best indication that we are going in the right direction. We anticipate adding new faces to this group, possibly before the weekend still, but they are going to be joining a really fit group of lads who have certainly enjoyed the last couple of weeks.

"Now we come back to Oxford and the hard work will continue. On Saturday we have two games, away at Oxford City and then Hampton and Richmond. We will split it in to two teams and they will play 70  minutes or so and then come off and the under 23s and under 18s will get 20 minutes.

"The 23s and 18s will also be split across the two games so any fans who go to both games will be able to see every player from first team through to youth team. I will watch them both and I think it's a good way to get everyone involved.

"Then next week we will train again. That will most likely be at Abingdon School while the new training ground nears completion, and then we have two more games on Tuesday and Wednesday, away at Aldershot and Hungerford.

"The aim is to get everyone game time, but for the next 24 hours it is important that they relax and recover from what they have done in Ireland. It has been great and I think given us a very good foundation for the rest of pre-season."

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