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Karl Prepares for Blackpool Away

U's boss looks ahead to the play-off second leg

20 May 2021

Oxford United look to make history when they travel to Blackpool in the second leg of the Sky Bet League 1 play-off semi-final on Friday.

No side has ever come back from 3-0 down after the first leg but boss Karl Robinson refused to write his team’s chances off as they prepared for the trip to Bloomfield Road.

“I’m not sure what people want me to say but there is a chance, of course there is a chance” he told iFollow. “And while that chance is there you have to believe you can take it.

“I’ve watched Tuesday night’s game back. I watched it on my own after the game that night then we watched it together early on Wednesday morning. On the night someone mentioned ‘three and a half minutes of madness’ that cost us and I didn’t really register what was said but having watched the game back it was much closer than I thought on the night- same number of shots, similar number of chances but they took their and we didn’t.

“So now we have a very difficult job on Friday night but we don’t mind being written off. We were written of after ten games when we were bottom of the league, we were written off again when we lost to Sunderland and Accrington at Easter, and now people have written us off once again after Tuesday. We’ll see.

“I think it’s six times this season we've scored three or more goals away. We scored three against Gillingham in 16 minutes. If you look at a lot of our performances away from home then there is still something for us to play for.

“Our task is made harder because of the injuries to Sam Long, Sam Winnall and Cameron Brannagan, we will wait and see on them, but whoever plays we will be up for it and we will give it a real go.”

See the full interview in iFollow, plus the thoughts of Matty Taylor.

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