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Robinson Writes

Oxford United Head Coach Karl Robinson's programme notes for Burton Albion

20 August 2019

Oxford United Head Coach Karl Robinson wrote the following notes for Tuesday night's Sky Bet League One fixture against Burton Albion:

We are four games into the season and although it may sound strange, I think our best performance came last Saturday at Blackpool where we lost!

I think we have played really well so far; away at Sunderland we should have won the game and then we beat Peterborough twice in a row, both 1-0 and both with the same scorer; they must be sick of Cameron Brannagan right now! I enjoyed watching us in all three of those matches and the feedback from the fans was brilliant to hear; I hear a lot about playing the game the right way and I promise that we will always try to entertain you when possible.

So we travelled up to Blackpool in good spirits and I think once again we did enough to win the match. We were beaten by a set piece and a penalty and those were the only two efforts that the home side had at our goal. Meanwhile we had around 17 shots and 66 per cent of possession; show me an away team that isn’t happy with those sort of stats. Ultimately they mean very little though. We lost the game and we have a no-excuses mentality throughout the building.

I would imagine that every fan coming away from it was saying the same thing: if only we had a striker in the building to get on the end of all those opportunities. Well funnily enough we were working throughout the night to fix that for you and we are delighted to have brought Matt Taylor back to the club. I’ve never seen a player so emotional at signing for a club; he is a local lad and he has a real point to prove here after being released as a youngster. He has proved his worth since then, and with Jamie Mackie and Dan Agyei here as well we have three very different striking options available now. I was hoping to have another player in the building before I found a few minutes to write these notes, but hopefully that has happened by the time we kick off tonight.

Like we said last year, it takes time for everything to settle down, but we have made a good start and a win tonight would make it a really promising first few games.

Get behind us,



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