Oxford United welcome Crewe Alexandra to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night looking to start putting a run of results together in the league. United were without a game at the weekend due to scheduled opponents Doncaster’s international call ups and that added to a fixture list that has already seen three games postponed for covid related reasons.
Two of those have been against Crewe, as Karl Robinson told us:
“What happened the previous two times is irrelevant” he told iFollow today. “The frustrating thing with the second game was that nobody would tell us why the game was off, but there have been a number of other games called off now this season and it is so hard to get clear information. All that matters is that Tuesday night’s game is on and we get a chance to try and get back-to-back wins in the league.
“We haven’t had that opportunity too many times this season; it has been a bit stop start but having the weekend free meant we could so some testing and make sure everyone is fit and available not just for Tuesday night but for a really challenging time over the next few weeks where we are going to be playing a lot of football.
“Crewe are a really good side as they showed on Saturday by beating Peterborough. They are a club with a long tradition of bringing through their own talented young players and playing good football and we know they will be a test for us.
“But we played well against Rochdale last time we were at home in the league and then made changes for the cup games against Peterborough and Walsall. I thought we played well in those matches and a number of players got time on the pitch, and did well, who hadn’t played much football before then. So that has given me one or two things to think about and we go into the game in a really good place.”
See the full interview in iFollow right now where Karl also pays tribute to one of his footballing heroes, former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence.
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