Oxford United look to end 2021 on a high when they welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Kassam Stadium on Wednesday evening in Sky Bet League 1 (7.45pm)
United reach the half way point of their season right in the mix for the promotion places but as striker Matty Taylor told iFollow, the work is only half done so far…
“We have had some difficult games but got a decent points return so far” he said. “Every game from here on in is going to be tough but we are pretty happy with where we are and we are at the right end of the table so we should be pleased with that. We have had quite a few players missing for the last couple of weeks for various reasons, covid, injuries and suspension, but we just get on with it and we know we have quality in depth here. Hopefully we should have everybody back on Wednesday.
“I thought the performance against Wigan was really good. Forget the circumstances where we had so many players missing, we got ourselves back into a game against one of the best teams in the division after we had gone 2-0 down and that took some character. I felt like we had more energy and were the more likely team to win it but they hit us with a bit of a sucker punch and we ended up losing but we are still on a really good run.
“When we have players missing we don’t moan, we just stick together and we cheer each other on, whoever is on the field. That has shown in the last few weeks where everyone has put in a great shift. We are going to need to keep doing that between now and the end of the season.
“Wimbledon were very strong at the game at their place. They have two dangerous players up front so we are expecting another tough game. We lost that game but I thought we played really well for 60 minutes. We kind of owe them one after that game and at home we have a fantastic record over the last two and a half years. We just need to keep picking up the points at the Kassam Stadium and this year we have picked up a lot more points away too so we are doing OK, and hopefully that can continue for the two home games we have this week.”
See the full interview with Matty in this week’s preview Showin iFollow where we have special guests Peter Rhoades-Brown and James Constable.
And Matty is right; there are two massive home games this week as we welcome first Wimbledon and then Cheltenham Town on New Year’s Day. Book your seat and be part of the action.
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