Karl Robinson was full of praise last night after his side came out 1-0 winners over Crewe Alexandra.
It was midfielder James Henry who got the match-winner when he confidently fired home a penalty in the 34th minute.
The U’s display, however, didn’t start well and ended nervously and Robinson acknowledged that saying, “We rode our luck with the chance in the last minute, but other than that I thought we were quite comfortable for large parts of the game.”, as quoted by the Witney Gazette.
“They know we were under par”, he added.
Though, there was no denying how impressed the U’s head coach was by his side’s attitude to dig deep and hold out to win the game. “I did the team talk on the pitch [at full-time], so I could tell them there’s nothing I can say to make them feel any better for their performance.”, he added.
The game was watched by a 6700 strong crowd at the Kassam Stadium, who were also praised by Robinson, as he continued, “When you’re not as good as you should be, it’s just about working hard. “The fans and the players stuck together and that’s what got us over the line.”
It was a win, though, that was tainted slightly for United as Nathan Holland, Ryan Williams and Billy Bodin all went of injured. The U’s boss does not know the extent of each yet but said “I hope they’re not too bad and we have bodies available for the game on Saturday.”
Oxford will travel to Bolton Wanderers for Saturday’s match.
Oxford’s well earned victory last night means they recorded two wins in the first month of the season for the first time under Robinson, at the fourth attempt.
This is Oxford’s sixth straight season in League One and whilst fans will be happy to see the club maintain consistency at this level, the urge to achieve more is creeping in.
In the last two seasons the club have made the play-offs, reaching the final in 2019, but ultimately losing out. If they can emulate last nights spirit across the course of this season, there should be no doubt that this year they can go one better.