Oxford United are more than ready as they welcome Sunderland to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
A draw at Burton got United moving in the right direction once again and boss Karl Robinson believes that the best is still to come from his side as they start to turn the corner and begin the race for home…
“We will be ready” he told iFollow today. ”The two days since Burton, we have trained and the players look fresh, sharp and motivated. They work so hard and we will all work harder now for each other. There is more to come from all of us and hopefully we start seeing the fruits of our labours through March and April.”
“There’s a vibrancy and freshness about the place which is brilliant. We spoke with the players this week about what it takes and what they have left in their tanks and the last couple of days have really helped us. We are in a good place. We have only lost two games since the turn of the year but we have drawn too many in that run. Some games where we could have been out of sight because we have dominated, we haven’t taken our chances and ended up drawing and then the two defeats, against the teams who are first and second, look worse.
“James Henry, Cameron Brannagan and Matty Taylor have all been out so you have to see it as a difficult period that we have come through. Those players have had to get match sharp in matches themselves and now we are without Alex Gorrin who is suspended and Jamie Hanson is out with an illness plus Liam Kelly is out, although his hamstring injury isn’t as bad as we first thought.
“But we will be ready for Saturday and I really want to say thank you to the people of Oxford because they are phenomenal. It is one big group - we are just one small part of that - and we thank them for their support because they are the energy source that we are pulling from.
"They are the ones who we are drawing our energy from, especially at home. We enjoy playing at home and have been doing well and want to continue that. It will be a big crowd so come along, get behind the team and be part of another big match for us.”
See the full interview plus the Preview Show in iFollow right now.
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