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LAST WORD: Karl on Ipswich Draw

U's boss: "We fought like hell"

21 March 2022

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Luke McNally’s last minute equaliser gave Oxford United a point against Ipswich on Saturday but Boss Karl Robinson was unimpressed by his team’s performance

“I was furious” he told iFollow. “We created three one-on-ones in the first half, cutbacks to players six yards out which we shoould have done better with. We dominated that half and Ipswich had nothing at us whatsoever.

“We underestimated the wind in the second half but for some reason we played into their hands and it baffled me. We hadn’t worked on hitting straight balls on to Burgess’s head: it’s not in the coaching manual to see how many balls you can put on the centre-back’s head to let him head it back and put us under pressure.

“The effort was always there, the grit and determination and the players never let me down in that way, but I was disappointed with our technical capability.  I can cope with that because they just had a bad game. When that happens you just have to find a way.

“If we’d played the two halves the other way round we would probably have been happier and said the point was fair. Ipswich are the best team I have seen here against us this season but every point at this time of year is to be celebrated.

“When you have a team that is committed and works together like this one you always have a chance. We have big players not available at the moment and today isn’t the best you will see us play, but we fight like hell, we believe in each other and moving forward we know parts of today were not acceptable and we have to be better.

“We have a big break now with no game next weekend. The players will get time off. I demand a lot from them and we all need a break away from each other, but we will be back on the training pitches at the back end of the week and we will get ourselves ready for another big game, away at Plymouth. We’ll be looking forward to that challenge.”

See the full interview, the thoughts of Herbie Kane and Luke McNally, and extended highlights all in iFollow now.


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