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KARL: We won it the Oxford United way

U's boss proud as they go through in the FA Cup

6 January 2020

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson praised his side for their identity and belief as they beat Hartlepool to go through in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"I thought we were excellent" he told iFollow. "The way we moved the ball was exceptional. I know we were 1-0 down at half time but we dominated the game without asking enough questions in that half, in my view. But the way the players went out second half was great testament to them. We conceded in a silly area but otherwise they were sensational today.
"We stuck to our task and the strength of character came out. Stay true to what you believe. If you make a mistake then fine. Do you change what you do because of it? I thought we stuck to our style and it is the identity of Oxford United. People need to realise that we want an identity and a style so if we lose then we do it playing our way. That’s important for us but it takes time and it takes coaching and belief. But slowly things are coming together.
"We dedicate it to John Shuker’s family who were here today; if you dedicate your life to this club like John did then they remember you forever. The applause the fans gave on 77 minutes was nice, and nice to see the family applaud our fans towards the end of the game. The fact that John isn't here doesn't mean we forget his legacy.
"The players have three days off now because it has been a difficult period and we only played three days ago. But we are in the hat and we dust ourselves down and go again.
"We have Rotherham and Ipswich now. Those games are why we do this job. Those are two huge games and we may get over 10,000 again, but what an amazing crowd today. That shocked all of us: I asked yesterday and someone said about 4,500 fans would be here and it was 1,000 more than that. It was basically a sell out in what we opened. Wow. People of Oxfordshire are believing in this team and that makes me very proud.”
See the full interview plus extended highlights, all in iFollow.

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