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Karl: "Look After Each Other"

U's boss looks ahead to Saturday's home game against Wigan Athletic

16 December 2021

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Oxford United boss Karl Robinson sends his side out to face in-form Wigan Athletic at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

"We have played very well in three big away games but things don’t get any easier and now we face a very good Wigan side as we start the Christmas games" he told iFollow today.

"We have two new covid things to deal with, one staff one player, and like everyone in the country there is an uncertainty about what is going on. If you test properly and have proper protocols in place then you are always going to pick up cases like this but we are OK and we can't wait for Saturday.

"What I would like to ask of the fans is just be careful and look after each other when you are inside. If you are inside then wear your masks and abide by the rules. And when you are in your seat then stay safe but get right behind us. We are going in to a busy Christmas period, we have some very hard games, but I can’t wait for it to begin.

"We will be without Jordan Thorniley who was one of our best signings in the summer butis suspended for one game: I didn’t know his dad was a rugby league player, I'd better be nice about him! Luke McNally was very unlucky to come out of the side but Jordan had done nothing wrong and deserved to go back in.

"Whoever plays, we know that Wigan have some really good players in the middle of the pitch who have seen it all and done it before, they are dangerous up top and the lads at the back are really good so we are under no illusions. They are second, and favourites for promotion for a reason.

"Their Manager is a really good person and what he did for Charlie Wyke was extraordinary. It has had an impact on what we do here as well. We have equipment and we have trained medical staff but would I have had the understanding to deal with that myself? I have done a bit of training, like most coaches, but we have reviewed things here and talked about it a lot. We send our best wishes to Charlie; some people here have worked or played with him and say he is a top lad so we hope all goes well for him.

"There will be immense respect from us for Wigan as a club and as a team but once the whistle goes it will be a hell of a game."

See the full interview in iFollow, then CLICK HERE to book your seat and get behind the U's on Saturday.

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