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Karl: We need to build on Blackpool performance

28 February 2019

Oxford United need to build on an excellent away win at Blackpool last weekend and make it back to back wins when they welcome Scunthorpe United on Saturday

“The message all week has been not to undo the work we did in winning at Blackpool” Karl Robinson told iFollow earlier today. “We need self awareness and team awareness of our situation. We need a performance that reflects the talent of this team and what they want to achieve over the remaining games this season. They have worked hard this week and will be fully prepared for another big game

“We have done alright at home against Sunderland, Barnsley and Portsmouth recently but we let points slip in two of those games. We know we have the capability to win any game in this league but equally we have shown we have the ability to lose any game too! That’s why we have to get the mentality right.”

United welcome back Gavin Whyte, Jamie Mackie and Marcus Browne as the injury list eases.

“Yes, that’s something we have to embrace and enjoy” Karl said. “It’s nice to have to do my job and not just accept what I have in front of me. It’s a challenge to get the selection right but that’s something you should enjoy in this job. It also means I have a job to do in the second half with substitutions as well.”

That first away win of the season at Bloomfield Road has given everyone a lift after a testing time on and off the pitch, but Karl believes that the collective experience has forged a remarkable togetherness that runs throughout the whole club

“We have all stuck together- everyone in the building- and met so many challenges this season. Everyone has put their shoulders back and taken responsibility; they may have looked for assistance when needed and whenever they have done that someone has been standing right there beside them. That is something I will always remember and people need to be paid back for. We need to get results on the pitch now and move forward once again, starting with back to back wins and six points at a very important stage of the season.

See the full interview including Karl’s thoughts on the departure of midfielder Ivo Pekalski, only in iFollow.

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