Karl Robinson’s rallying cry ahead of Oxford United v Gillingham
KARL Robinson has issued a rallying cry as Oxford United look to reverse a poor run of results.
The U have taken a point in their last three games and haven’t scored in four hours of football.
This saw them drop to 15th place in Sky Bet League One ahead of back-to-back home games against Gillingham tomorrow and Accrington Stanley on Tuesday.
Robinson says their disappointing form is not for lack of trying and called for a united front at Kassam Stadium.
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The U’s head coach said, “On Saturday take the roof off the place.
“Based on some of the results we’ve had, we’ll show you that we care.
“We know they (the fans) care.
“Together, our passion for club football will be 100% manifested on Saturday at 3 pm.”
United’s winless streak was extended to four games at Cheltenham Town last weekend, when they lost 1-0 and failed to respond.
There were a few boos away full-time and midfielder Mark Sykes went to talk to the fans.
Robinson said, “We are in an industry where people will always have an opinion.
“I always applaud the fans when we’re beaten, because if you do it when you win, you should do it when you lose. It is part of our job.
“Sometimes when you catch someone looking in your face and it’s negative, you want to have a conversation.
“I went to watch a game at North Leigh, there was a group of 20 fans (United) who had been diehard fans for a long time.
“They have a very deep love for the football club.
“You see the passion in their eyes when they talk to you, how hurt and frustrated they are with me and the players.
“The passion that these people show is something you have to embrace and you accept the negativity when it presents itself.”
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United have had plenty of time on the training ground during a frustrating September, with no Tuesday games for the past three weeks.
Players normally prefer to play as soon as possible after a loss, but Robinson was relieved not to have to leave three days after Cheltenham.
He said: “The response has been good because they are great people.
“Sometimes my staff and I care so much that it hurts a little more.
“When you’re beaten you always want this game to be okay, but I think it would have been difficult for us to play on Tuesday because that result really cut us off.
“There are so many things that are not falling for us right now and it’s frustrating, but you’re making your own luck.
“This has been the message throughout the week. ”