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REACTION: Robinson on Millwall

Karl delighted as United go through

28 August 2019

A dramatic comeback with two goals in the last five minutes set up a penalty shoot-out win for Oxford United as they knocked Championship side Millwall out of the Carabao Cup last night.

After the game iFollow asked boss Karl Robinson if he thought his side were out of it as time began to ebb away?

“Not with this team” he said. “I think we have seen at Blackpool away and even at the weekend, we never look like we are out of games because we have good players at this football club. Sometimes rather than keep playing into the press you have to try looking in behind teams and seeing how the opposition enjoy defending that: put more crosses into the box, challenge the centre-backs. We sometimes don’t question them enough by playing balls into the strikers’ feet or balls across the face of the goal

“Take the result away and I needed 20 minutes out of Ben Woodburn, 15 from James Henry, some time on the pitch for George Thorne and 65 minutes from Shandon Baptiste and Rob Hall. So it all worked out well. Poor Kevin Berkoe got cramp but wasn’t in the schedule for coming off!

“I thought Thorney did well. He is one of the best passers we have got and is a dream to watch but still struggles with mobility over five yards and needs to get fully fit but he is one of the best midfielders in this league. He is an exceptional talent and he hit two or three unbelievable passes.

“But all of them deserve credit: James Henry coming on and taking a penalty with the last kick of the game and then all of them who took penalties. To score all four was very accomplished. We hadn’t practised them but we drew over 90 minutes with a very good side, and then to go and win on penalties is a fantastic testament to this group of players.”

See the full interview plus extended Highlights in iFollow.

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