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Karl's Notes For Peterborough

Oxford United Head Coach Karl Robinson writes in the Peterborough programme

2 March 2021

Karl Robinson wrote the following notes for the Peterborough United programme in Sky Bet League One tonight:

Good evening everyone and wherever you are watching it from, I hope you enjoy what should be a really good game of football tonight.

Peterborough are a fantastic football club run the right way and with a very distinguishable way of doing things. They have spent a few years getting that right and have always been around the promotion and play-off places over the last few years. They play exciting football; they believe in young players and so far this season they have been the best team in our division.

That should serve as motivation for us this evening, because the last few meetings have been very close and I have no doubt that Peterborough will be wary of coming here tonight. They will know our form, both clubs know all about the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses, and I think it sets up what should be a very close game.

Having said that, all our games seem to be close right now. The last three or four matches have been real battles and there’s not been much to choose. That was true at Ipswich, then at home to Portsmouth, and then again at MK on Saturday. We travelled to one of the form teams in the division: if you can leave Cameron Jerome and Will Grigg on the bench then you have a little bit of strength at this level. But I thought it was our subs who had the greater effect on the game

Certainly Dan Agyei gave us a different sort of threat up front. He was involved in a moment of controversy which, I think, should have seen us playing against ten men, and then played a big part in Elliot Lee’s goal in the last minute that gave us a point. Fair play to everyone out there in orange shirts, because we deserved at least one point, maybe two more, and never gave up the chase.

We talk about fine margins and I mentioned the impact Dan had, but I also want to mention Sam Winnall who went on as a sub then had to come back off five minutes later through no fault of his own; it’s nobody’s fault when a player lands on another’s ankle by accident like that. We will see how Sam goes and how serious the injury is, but you are going to get things like that happen between now and the end of the season purely because there are so many games left to play.

That’s a huge challenge; we already lost Marcus McGuane, who will be a big loss, but we have a brilliant medical and sports-science team and we had the backing of the board in January to bring in new faces and prepare for all eventualities. There’s a long way to go still and everyone will play a part, starting tonight.


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