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Karl's Hopes For 2022

U's boss looks forward to Cheltenham at home on New Year's Day

30 December 2021

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Boss Karl Robinson isn’t getting carried away despite Tuesday night’s excellent performance at home to AFC Wimbledon.

Good things are happening at the U’s right now but as he told iFollow, the hard work needs to continue as United kick off a brand new year against Cheltenham Town at the Kassam Stadium on New Year’s Day.

“It was a really good performance and I enjoyed watching it” he said.” Some of the football we played was exceptional and there were people within the game there watching last night who were ringing me and saying how well we played, but we know we can improve and we know we have to keep doing that in all areas.

“I think we have made massive strides in 2021 in all areas but we have to be better, not just the team, not just myself but everyone throughout the club. We have to keep pushing each other and keep striving for something we know can’t ever happen: perfection.

“I think something has clicked here and the fans are on board with everything we are trying to do. I thought they were fantastic last night, just like they were against Wigan. That game, when we had players out and our backs to the wall, was a big moment because it really brought the whole club together and I felt like that continued on Tuesday night.

“I see more and more Oxford shirts around the city and more and more people stopping me to say they feel part of it all. That’s great. We have an older generation of fans who saw the great days in the 80s, we have a generation who were at Wembley in 2010, and now we have to inspire another generation of fans who are 14 or 15 and want to feel part of their club. Do that and they are fans for life, but the best way to do that is to win games.

“So we want to carry that on against Cheltenham. I like their Manager and what he is doing there is great. They were excellent against us at their ground earlier in the season but it is similar to the Wimbledon game where we played well away from home and got nothing but now have a chance to make amends.

“Tuesday night counts for nothing in that regard. It is all about recovery, preparation and then hopefully another big crowd gets right behind us on Saturday and help us get another three points on the board.”

See the full interview in iFollow

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