Good time to play U(s)?
It should be a good time to play Oxford. They suffered late FA Cup heartache at Middlesbrough on Saturday after superbly clawing their way back to 2-2 against Premier League opposition.
3,200 U’s fans shared that heartache on Teeside on Saturday and there will be many less at The Valley tonight. Mind you there won’t be that many Addicks either as The Valley is set to witness another sub 10,000 official attendance.
We haven’t lost to Oxford in 15 league games going back to 1987. In fact you can throw in another handful of unbeaten cup games although they did beat us in a League Cup game on penalties in 2002 at The Valley.
One would think Michael Appleton’s team will be rattled and still hurting after Saturday and like us sit in mid table with the play-off’s moving further away from view although they do have an extra game in hand to play catch up. They are also one of the form sides in the division and their away results have been good. Plus they are only a game away from Wembley in the much criticized Checkertrade Trophy.
The often maligned Appleton has done well at Oxford finally finding his feet. After swearing not to walk away from Portsmouth, he did and went to Blackpool and walked out on them as well ending up at Blackburn, where he was sacked after 67 days. A year later Oxford reignited his managerial career still only a few years old. Promotion and a Wembley appearance followed last season.
Blimey, I’m talking my way out of my optimism!
Whatever 3 points is essential and I expect Robinson to twist again tonight with his squad. I expect Byrne, Mavididi and Teixeira to start.
Come on you reds.