Oxford boss convinced his side can outscore free-scoring Posh, team news, current form and big match odds
Speaking ahead of tonight’s (March 2, 7pm) game against free-scoring Posh, Oxford United boss Karl Robinson insists his club will soon put their goalscoring woes behind them.
Elliot Lee’s last-minute goal for Oxford at MK Dons on Saturday was their first in six hours of football. Top scorer Matty Taylor hasn’t score since January 23, 10 matches ago.
But Robinson told the Oxford Mail: “I wouldn’t swap Matty Taylor for anyone. That’s being totally honest, for me he’s as good as you’re going to get in this league.
“If you look at Saturday’s game, we were probably a few yards off three or four really good opportunities. The ricochets fell in their favour. You always go through two periods in the season where things don’t seem to be clicking.
“Before the game on Saturday we were joint-second with the most goals scored since January 1, so I’m not going to worry about the last four games.”
The Oxford Mail report striker Sam Winnell will definitely miss tonight’s match with an ankle injury and influential midfielder James Henry is doubtful with a hamstring problem. On-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Marcus McGuane is also out injured.
Dan Agyei delivered an impressive cameo as a substitute at MK Dons on Saturday and could start up front alongside top scorer Taylor. Taylor has 11 League One goals this season, three more than exciting on loan QPR winger Olamade Shadipo.
Midfielder Cameron Brannagan scored in two 1-0 wins for Oxford over Posh at the Kassam Stadium last season. Posh pulled out of a move for centre-back Rob Atkinson before he moved from Eastleigh to Oxford 13 months ago.
Oxford won seven League One games in a row either side of Christmas to storm into promotion contention. That run stretched to nine wins out of 10, but they haven’t won any of their last three matches.
Oxford drew 0-0 at Ipswich and 1-1 at MK Dons either side of a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Portsmouth.
Posh won an FA Cup tie at Oxford 2-1 earlier this season thanks to goals from Siriki Dembele and Jack Taylor.
It finished 1-0 to Oxford on the second Saturday of last season. That made it nine wins and six defeats from this Football League fixture for Oxford, from 15 meetings.
Oxford are slight favourites to win tonight with Sky Bet. They are 8/5 with Posh priced at 17/10 and the draw at 21/10.