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Karl Robinson Previews Sunderland at Home

U's Boss looks forward to a big game at the Kassam Stadium

7 April 2022

Oxford United welcome Sunderland to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday with another sell-out crowd ready to get behind Karl Robinson’s side.

“It’s become the norm now” Karl told iFollow as the last ticket was sold this morning.

“People might say it’s because Sunderland are coming, but that’s not it.Their fans are brilliant and they sell out the away end wherever they go. But because of where our segregation is in our stadium we have almost sold out of our own allocation in seven of the last eight games, so it’s something we have become accustomed to and want to continue to happen moving forward every week.

“We are looking at a minimum 9,000 home fans each week when it was 4,500 not so long ago. So in terms of the crowd and atmosphere it won’t be too different for us on Saturday.

“We come into the game off the back of two very good performances where we are still feeling a sense of injustice about the results. This game can be harsh and we know that criticism follows if you lose, regardless of how you played or how small moments just didn’t go your way. That’s the situation we are in right now.

“If people want to write us off that’s fine but Browne, Baldock, Brannagan and Moore have been missing; big players who would probably get in any team in the league.

“One is our captain, then Sam, who has scored goals wherever we have been, Browny who the fans all know what he can do, plus Cameron who is one of the leading scorers in the league from midfield. They are so hard to replace because players come in to the side and have to hit the highest level quickly, without time to get up to speed. That’s a bit unfair but two of the four are back this weekend and we are looking forward to it.

“We know it will be a very difficult game against a good team who are well managed and well coached but there is a positivity abut the place still and we are really looking forward to it now.”

See the full interview in iFollow

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