Oxford United welcome Bristol Rovers to the Kassam Stadium on Sunday with boss Karl Robinson looking for his side to build on a four game winning run and progress in the Emirates FA Cup
"It’s not going to be an easy game, as we saw in the pre-season game we played at their place" he told iFollow today. "Any side managed by Joey Barton is going to be motivated, no matter what competition the game is in, and they have started to get the results that their performances probably deserved.
"But we are in decent form ourselves. It’s the first of a few big games we have coming up. We play Ipswich and Wigan away in the league next and so the next two or three weeks are very important to us.
“We will be strong on Sunday because we want to get through and we want to do well in the competition. I loved the FA Cup as a kid and I saw how it can bring whole communities together. It can get cities and even counties talking about the game and about the club and that’s a wonderful thing to be part of it.
“We will train over the next couple of days and because it is a Sunday we have had that little bit of a break so we should have everyone fit to choose from other than Jack Stevens who will be a little while before he is well enough to return.
"But Simon Eastwood has done great and it shows the importance of a strong squad where everyone pushes everyone else and is determined to stay in the team when their chance comes along."
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