Oxford United’s pre-season schedule finished with a 1-1 draw at Solihull Moors on Saturday. A Cameron Brannagan strike levelled things for the U’s and Head Coach Karl Robinson was pleased with his team as they shape up for a trip to Sunderland on Saturday.
“Solihull have a very clear identity and way of playing and were the second best team in the Conference last year” he told iFollow. “They have added one of the best players from that league this season. So when you look at their credentials it was the perfect game for us. It was aggressive and that is what you have to accept because there will be three or four teams in our league who are even more aggressive and we have to stand up to that.
“I think our back four stood up to it well and we created the best chances: their goal came from a miskick that dropped to them but we worked a good goal to get level. The last 25 minutes were very open and disconnected but that’s because of the changes we made.
“We need more players, we know that. We need four still and that’s hard for everyone. But we have to make sure we stick with each other right now. It’s hard but people who really have the club in their hearts have to stick together and believe in each other. Whatever gets said: negative or positive, I don’t care. It’s about one thing: the badge.
“We have to be sustainable and believe in what we do. Are we frustrated? Yes: all of us. But we can’t just click our fingers and magic something special. That doesn’t happen unfortunately. We have got to make sure we keep doing the right things. That means continuing to find the right players. We are working extremely hard and will get it right.”
See the whole interview plus the thoughts of scorer Cameron Brannagan in iFollow.