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Karl on QPR

U's boss looks ahead to Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup

23 August 2021

Oxford United head for QPR on Tuesday night hoping to evoke the spirit of 86 as the two finalists that year meet in the League Cup once more.

The name of the competition may have changed but U’s boss Karl Robinson is hoping his side can start to make new memories for United fans, 35 years on from the Milk Cup final…

“Oxford against QPR holds great memories for fans who remember 86, and for those like me who see the images from that day and know what it means to the club” he said. “The younger generation now have an opportunity to engage with the club and generate the next generation of memories. We are a million miles off what those players in the 80s did and it’s a different trophy and competition these days. But we certainly hope we can create a few good memories for the fans on Tuesday.

“QPR are my London team and always a club I look forward to going to. Loftus Road has a great feel about it, a ground built up the right way. I have been lucky enough to have some good results there so it’s a game I can’t wait for.

”We will be strong as a team. We will make one or two changes but we are still without Sam Long and James Henry who has a scan today to see how bad his injury is. I think he would have made a big difference at Bolton at the weekend; we should have done better in a lot of situations and his calm head is valued here.”

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