Oxford United travel to Peterborough United on Saturday looking to build on a league win against Blackpool last Saturday and a fine display against Newcastle on Tuesday night.
“They have been two really encouraging performances” First Team Coach Derek Fazackerley told iFollow earlier today. “The Blackpool game was important because we needed a win in the league after just a little blip, and then I thought the Newcastle game was a wonderful occasion.
“It wasn’t just the way we played on the night, it was the whole spectacle of a full house and the determination not to give up even when we went 2-0 down. Nobody just gave it up and let the game drift, we went for it and so nearly took it to penalties.
“I’ve been in the game a long time and it didn’t hurt any less to lose that game! But the next day you watch it back and you see how well we played and we have to take that, use it as motivation and try to take it into Saturday’s game.
“We should have James Henry back again, which is good news, and Matty Taylor came on, with Dan Agyei, George Thorne and Liam Kelly all pushing their claims as well. We took Cameron Brannagan and Marcus Browne off partly with Saturday in mind so we have a really strong squad and a lot of decent options.
“Peterborough are a very good side. They have a strong model for how they run the club and they develop young players and try to play good football too so it should be a good game. But we have 17 games left now and over the next few weeks we have to play Peterborough, Burton, Sunderland and Ipswich- all of them are in and around it and it is so important for us to keep our foot down and try and take points off the clubs around us, hopefully starting on Saturday.”
See the full interview in iFollow