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PREVIEW Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

A full guide to tonight's game in the Papa John's Trophy

2 February 2021

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Oxford United welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Kassam Stadium tonight in the quarter final of the Papa John's Trophy (7pm)

The U's made three signings on Deadline Day - Joe Grayson, Elliot Lee and Brandon Barker althogh none of them are likely to be involved this evening.

Instead boss Karl Robinson is likely to give Jamie Hanson, Mark Sykes, Anthony Forde, Rob Hall, Dan Agyei and Sam Winnall the opportunity to stake their claim for a more regular starting place. All six have been regulars on the subs bench but struggled for game time with the U's on an eight game winning streak.

Simon Eastwood returns in goal but Marcus McGuane and John Mousinho are missing through injury.

French striker Derick Osei Yaw, who has scored three times in the competition, joined Walsall on loan last night while Dylan Asonganyi has today extended his loan at Chelmsford until the end of the season.

Hear Karl's thoughts in iFollow right now where you can also hear from all of the new signings (and one of their dogs!) and see the whole game live.

You can stream the game HERE

For the second time in a row United face a team with an Interim Manager. Mark Robinson’s first task after he took over this week was to remind his players of ‘the greatest story in English football’.  Robinson stepped up to take charge after the departure of Glyn Hodges on Saturday night and yesterday gave the players a 45 minute presentation of the journey that AFC Wimbledon have made, with their now boss working behind the scenes since 2004.

“I’ve just been given the opportunity to be the manager of the club with the greatest story in English football,” he said ."For whatever time it may be, I’m the manager of the greatest story in English football and the players need to understand that they are playing for the club with the greatest story in English football. That’s been the underlying message, underpinning everything, along with the values that go with that, both on and off the pitch.

"I don’t know how long it’s going to be for, but I’ve got to implement what I think is important, so it has just been really busy – all hands to the pump. I wanted to make an impact on the boys when they came in today, so there was just lots of preparation and planning, and trying to get the boys excited to go again."

Our thanks to Wellers always good friends of the club and sponsoring the match tonightFind out all about them HERE

As well as live coverage on iFollow we have all the build up on twitter and on our official Insta page, complete with behind the scenes exclusive content, plus a full report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction from all the key men in iFollow.

And look out for some special guests on the official You Tube channel for 'Matchday Live', available to help you get in to matchday mood from 6.15pm.

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