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Robinson Ready For Rovers

U's boss looks ahead to Saturday

21 January 2021

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson faces some tough decisions as he prepares his side for a home game against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

The U's have won five games in a row and a long lay off since their last league game means a fully fit squad for Karl to choose from at the Kassam Stadium.

"We have everyone fit which is a positive and we come in to a busy batch of games now in good form even if we haven’t played for a while" he told iFollow. "But our training has reflected that form and the players this week have been very good, making my decisions for the weekend even harder.

"I asked an experienced manager when I was just starting out what I should do if I was struggling with a particular decision and he said ‘leave it as long as you can because something might happen’. But the longer I leave it the more they impress me this week!

"So we are in a really good place. People will be frustrated not to play or even be in the squad, but that should be a positive too because you know you have to play well just to get in the matchday squad.

"You never want those who miss out to be happy with it: you want them to think you have made the wrong decision and to be determined to show me I got it wrong. That’s another good thing. But as much as they can be frustrated with me, we know they won’t be frustrated with their teammates because they support one another and it is all about winning games as a group. The most important thing is the badge. You only have to look at Sam Long and Jack Stevens: they were in and out of the team but they trained well, they respected their positions and have now become two of our best players this season.

"Bristol Rovers will be difficult but we know we have to perform like we have been doing. We have a big week ahead of us but we love a challenge. We know Rovers will come and have a real go, they signed another player this week and they have a good Manager who will motivate them but we are looking forward to it and there is a very positive mood about the place as we prepare for Saturday.”

See the whole interview in iFollow where Match Passes are available for just £10 to see the U's take on Rovers.

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