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Preview - Oxford United

5 September 2012

Town begin their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign this evening at local rivals Oxford United.


After Sunday’s 4-1 reverse at Preston North End, Paolo Di Canio would like to see a reaction from his players. Speaking to the media pre-match, the manager says he is sure that his players will put in a different performance against their local rivals.

“When we come from a very bad performance in terms of commitment, desire and passion normally we react well,” he said. “In terms of expression of commitment, desire, discipline and quality obviously I’m sure they will make a very good performance.”

“We have to have more determination (than last year), take our chance, be strong and be focused for 95 minutes if it is necessary. We have to give something to our fans.”

After reaching the final of the competition last season, the manager was determined to repeat the feat in 2013.

He continued: “Realistically it’s the only (cup) competition where we can reach Wembley. So it’s the only real cup we can win because I want to go through and go again to Wembley.

“I think every game you win gives you a sort of strength, power but this is extra for Oxford - we give more because obviously I know what it means for the fans. It is important that we play with maximum desire and passion.”


Currently sitting in third place in League Two, the U’s 3-1 defeat at York City on Saturday ended a run of three straight league wins. In the Capital One Cup, a victory on penalties over Bournemouth was followed by a 3-0 defeat at Leeds United in round two.


Last season’s first league meeting between the two sides at The Kassam Stadium ended in defeat for the Town. Despite having striker James Constable sent off early on, the home side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Asa Hall and Oli Johnson.

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