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In opposition: Oxford United - what they're saying

7 December 2021

A man with significant knowledge of Sky Bet League One, Oxford United head coach Karl Robinson has been at the helm of the Us since March 2018.

For the past two seasons Robinson has helped guide the club to consecutive League One play-off finals steering the team to a fourth-place league finish in a COVID-shortened 2019/20 season, followed by a sixth place league finish in 2020/21.

Prior to his arrival to Kassam Stadium, Robinson served two years (2016-18) as manager of Charlton Athletic, before resigning in March 2018 – the same day in which he accepted his current position with Oxford United. Robinson began his coaching career with the Liverpool Youth Academy before later moving to Blackburn Rovers. His first head managerial role came in May 2010, when the former Oswestry Town forward was charged with heading Milton Keynes Dons in League One.

In his first season at the helm of MK Dons, he guided the team to a play-off appearance after finishing the season fifth in the league table, followed by another fifth-place finish and play-off involvement the following campaign. In 2014/15, Robinson helped lead MK Dons to the Championship by finishing as runners-up in League One. He would stay with MK Dons until October 2016.

Head Coach Karl Robinson met the press earlier this week…

On the team fitness and injury update:

“Everyone is back, but one or two aren’t fit still. People that have had COVID will understand, you are back on day 10 or 11 and all of a sudden, you’re back into work and feeling fatigue and tired.

“If you’re training, it’s a little bit harder as well. If you’re trying to push your heart and breathing to a high level, then you can see the effect it has on sports people. So, some of them have come back and struggled. We are without one or two.”

 

On having three tough away games in the current fixture list:

“Yeah, three games away from home and they all have challenged, tactically, in different ways. Physically, it’s a real tough week. But we’ve prepared for that – for all three games. You got to really good stadiums as well, the likes of [The Keepmoat Stadium] and Stadium MK. They’re all new, modern stadiums, and they’re all places that you really want to perform in.

 

On his team’s 1-1 draw against Sunderland from the weekend:

“If you looked at the first half, I thought we were by far the better team. I thought we dominated most aspects of the game. I thought we started poorly in the first five minutes, but then we got to grips with the game, and looked like a real class act.

“I’m really angry with our performance in the second half. I feel in the second half, we became disjointed. You’ve got to say we’ve done well to hang on [for the draw].”

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