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Shrimps’ boss hoping to build on momentum

28 October 2021

Stephen Robinson hopes Morecambe will continue where they left off as they travel to the Kassam Stadium to face Oxford United on Saturday.

A sixth minute goal from Jonah Ayunga was cancelled out six minutes later by Danny Mayor, though the league leaders struggled to contain the Shrimps who came close to claiming all three points on several occasions.

The display against Argyle pleased Robinson, and the 46-year-old says his side can take confidence from a performance that was reminiscent from the club’s successful start to the campaign.

“I thought we came away from what we’d done on Tuesday night against Cheltenham, Saturday we very much got back to it,” he said.

“We pressed really well, we passed the ball, you control the game when you’ve got the ball, not when they’ve got the ball, and out of possession as well, I thought we were very good.

“I thought we were very organised and disciplined against a top of the league side.

“You can’t forget what you’re really good at, sometimes results make you forget why you were successful, relatively successful early on in the season, and I thought we got back to that on Saturday.

“It’s now a chance to maintain that against another very good footballing side.”

Given his ties with Northern Ireland, Robinson says that he’s familiar with several of United’s players and looks forward to Saturday’s clash between the two sides.

He added: “They’ve got some very good players, an ex-player of mine Alex Gorrin [Alejandro Rodríguez], some Northern Ireland internationals Mark Sykes and Gavin Whyte, Taylor up front, they’ve got good players throughout the team, I could name them all.

“Karl [Robinson] has built that team over a period of time, and probably what we’re trying to emulate really.

“We’re trying to get to that stage where we’ve got a squad as strong as him, we’ve got an identity and a style like Oxford, and it’s a good club to aim for really.”

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