Oxford United have a huge home game this Saturday when we welcome Plymouth Argyle to Grenoble Road.
A hard earned point at Southend last weekend had the gloss taken off it when Plymouth won their game to leapfrog United at the foot of League, but defender John Mousinho urged his teammates to show the same fighting spirit that saw them pick up a point at Roots Hall last time out.
“We need that same mentality” he told iFollow “but with a little bit more up top. Southend is always a tough place to go but we dug in well. From the outside it was probably the worst place that Oxford could go last weekend, given our record there and the way that we have been undone a few times in the first ten or eleven games so to come out of it with a positive result was good for us. But we have been in the same place before after a similar draw at Wycombe against a tough physical side and we didn’t follow that up. So at least this time we have got the poor follow up out of the way against Northampton!
“That game was irrelevant in terms of our league position but not in the way we want to play and our approach to the game and the individual errors we made. All we can do is take the good performance on Saturday and the poor second half on Tuesday and try to take the best of both worlds from those games, perform well and get a win on Saturday.
“There is only so long that you can be known as an honest group” ‘Mous' said’. “I can tell you there is nobody sacking it off or not trying and in my experience the fans usually appreciate that; they have stuck by us for a lot longer than other fans at other clubs might do.
“Those fans will be here a lot longer than I will be or any of the players so it’s understandable that they get frustrated. So long as they understand that we are as well. I know it may not always seem that way. All I can say is that I have been in dressing rooms where players don’t care that much and I have been in dressing rooms where players do. This dressing room definitely does. I am sure of that and I am sure that we will see a turn around.”
See the whole, much longer, interview in iFollow.