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Robinson on Rovers

Karl Robinson looks ahead to Saturday's game at home to Doncaster Rovers

10 October 2019

Oxford United look to keep their unbeaten run going but convert two draws into one win when they welcome Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Karl Robinson’s side are in good form but will look to go one better after consecutive 2-2 draws at Accrington and at home to Portsmouth in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday.

“I was happy enough with the draws but disappointed to have conceded four goals” Karl told iFollow this morning. “How we have let them in has not been great and we have had conversations about it because part of our job is to make things like that better.

“But we also had double figure corners and over 20 shots on Tuesday so there were mistakes all over, not just in our own area. We are moving the ball well and creating good opportunities to shoot thanks to movement and things we have worked on so we will try to be better in both areas on Saturday.”

Ben Woodburn’s injury means that Shandon Baptiste and Mark Sykes look to be competing for the on-loan Liverpool player’s midfield place:

“It gives people a chance but don’t knock on my door: work hard and you will get noticed” Karl said. “But don’t forget Anthony Forde’s injury too because if he was available further forward then James Henry might be able to play there and he scored a lot of goals from that position last season. But we will see what the weekend brings.”

United face a Doncaster side level with them on points :

“Doncaster are a good side” Karl warned. “Last year John Marquis was scoring all the goals so they have adjusted well to him leaving and James Coppinger is again roaring around like an 18-year-old! But there is a group method and I have really enjoyed watching the way they play because they have some very good players. So we know it will be difficult.

“They are all difficult though.The next two games we play a team who would argue they should have beaten Charlton in the play-offs last season and then we travel to Rotherham to face a side that was in the Championship last season. So things don’t get much more difficult than that.”

See the full interview plus the thoughts of James Henry in iFollow.

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