Oxford United head for Peterborough on Saturday looking to build on their progress over the last three games.
A draw at home to leaders Bolton Wanderers in the league was followed by cup victories over Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers, with Head Coach Des Buckingham looking for his side to keep that momentum going on Saturday.
“We have had four games in ten days, I feel settled and the players are settled with me now,” he said. “It has been a bit of a whirlwind and takes time for things to settle, it was always going to be like that, but I feel like I am in charge now.
“We have gone three games unbeaten, three consecutive clean sheets and two potentially tricky cup ties that we have come through. We have played well in patches but now it’s about knowing exactly how we want to do things and making sure we put that into every game to keep us going forward.
“Every player has had a chance now. Tuesday night was important because there were a number of players who hadn’t taken to the field, so to get minutes into them served two purposes. It allowed me to see them in action but it also got match minutes into them ahead of a really busy period where we are going to be playing a lot of football.
“The downside was Stephan Negru pulling up with a hamstring problem right at the end on Tuesday night. We are sending him off for a scan this afternoon but it’s very unlikely he will be available for Saturday. But we’ll know the full extent when we get the results back from the scan later.
“Every week poses a different challenge. Peterborough are a good side with a Manager who knows the club well and has built a side that will be competing at the top of the table come the end of the season, like we want to as well. But if we approach it in the same way we played against Bolton, and convert some of the chances we create, I’ll be extremely happy. We have to get ourselves in a position where we come away from Peterborough in a good place and set ourselves up for the trip to Reading on Tuesday.
“The fans will be there for us, I’m sure, the players are raring to go, so we look forward now to building on what has been a very good three-game period.”
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