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THE VERDICT: Karl Robinson as the U's Make the Play-Offs

"For us to still be in this fight to get out of this league is quite incredible"

10 May 2021

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Boss Karl Robinson was incredibly proud of his side’s achievement as Oxford United took the last play-off spot in League 1 with an emphatic 4-0 win over Burton Albion on Sunday.

“For us to still be in this fight to get out of this league is quite incredible” he told iFollow. “We go into the play-offs nowhere near favourites; we were bottom of the league at the start of the season and in the relegation zone for three months, so it is an immensely proud moment for all of us.

"Last season we got in to the play-offs through a phone call and that was hard but today we did it on the pitch, we are delighted and the best thing is that there will be fans back. We can’t wait.

“The early goal settled things for us and will have had an effect on the other games. They maybe were thinking we would win today anyway but then when news sinks in that we are 2-0 up it gets to you that you need to win: I have been in that situation before. Subconsciously it changes things for you.

“For us to get to the play-offs is way beyond our Board’s expectations, our fans to a certain extent. We have finished above some very big clubs and for some unknown reason we are in with a shout of going to the second tier of English football.

“It is difficult being suspended in these moments but maybe a little bit easier with no fans there because the players can hear you and you can get every single message across to them. But it’s the players and staff who deserve tremendous credit for what they have achieved today.”

See the full interview and extended highlights, all in iFollow.

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