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Karl Robinson looks forward to Saturday

17 February 2022

Oxford United Boss Karl Robinson returns to former club Charlton Athletic on Saturday as the U’s look to keep up their promotion push at the Valley.

“It’s a fantastic club and I loved my time there” Karl told iFollow. “When I first came here to Oxford I sort of regretted my decision at first but I made the decision for my daughter really, to be able to get back home and spend time with my family. But I have no regrets now and I look at that decision as the best one I have made in my career. I look forward to going back on Saturday and seeing some really good people but I love being at Oxford and we have moved forward here in every way possible.

“We spent 18 months at Charlton making big changes and adjusting the age levels in the squad and I loved the challenge. They got to the play-offs in the year I left to come here, which was great, and Johnnie Jackson has the job and had a massive influence on the football club back then.

“But that’s in the past and we need a reaction after losing to Bolton. We have looked at all the data and the Wigan game is the only one we should really have lost recently - we got away with a point there. But the performances have been very good, the unity is strong and the players were hurt when they lost last Saturday.

“I’m glad we didn’t have a game on Tuesday; that’s not always the case because sometimes you want a reaction straight away and to go again, but last weekend wasn’t like that, just a feeling that it was a bit unfair. But we have had a clear week and that has been helpful.

“There was a tremendous game on Tuesday where Sam Winnall scored two, Sam Baldock scored two, Marcus Browne scored a fantastic goal, and Oisin Smyth showed what a good player he is. That game couldn’t have gone any better for us and people are pushing for every position, which is great for us as we go into a really important part of the season, starting at Charlton on Saturday.”

See the full interview in iFollow right now.

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