12 October 2019 15:00
OXFORD United fans are confident Karl Robinson's men can continue their excellent home form against Doncaster Rovers this afternoon. The U's host their Sky Bet League One rivals hoping to extend a run that has seen them lose just two of their last 20 games at the Kassam Stadium. We spoke to United season ticket holders Liam and Paul Wakeford from The Fence End podcast, with both predicting a home win. Liam said: "I think it'll be 3-2 Oxford - it'll be close and I would take a dog awful game as long as we win, with two for [Tariqe] Fosu and one for [Josh] Ruffels." Paul said: "I think United will win 2-0 and I'll go with Brannagan and Henry." Doncaster arrive at the Kassam Stadium below United on goal difference, but with two games in hand. Darren Moore's men have lost just twice this campaign and reached the play-off semi finals last season.
With both sides looking up the table rather than down, Liam and Paul are expecting a competitive game. Paul said: "I think the surface has made a difference. We like to play football, Doncaster do as well, so hopefully it'll suit our game and we can put on a show today. "With the form we're in and the way we've been playing, it's just as scary for them." Liam added: "I don't like stats like that [two defeats in 20 home games] as each game you play is closer to a loss. "That being said, the first half against Gillingham was just so much fun to watch.
"I've seen a few things where people were saying we're going to win the league now. That's nice, it's good for them to get excited. "But it's our job to not get too excited and, as boring as it sounds, just focus on the next game. We're not shouting from the rooftops, but you're in the wrong game if you want to finish mid-table." The striker added: "Doncaster will be a very good side. "It will probably be a good benchmark for where we're at." The goal against Portsmouth in midweek was the Bristol City loanee's fourth in five appearances, which is his best run for almost three years.
United have no new injury worries, with Jamie Mackie likely to be available after a back spasm earlier this week. Doncaster are without Matty Blair (groin), Kazaiah Sterling (dead leg) and Alex Baptiste (Achilles), but on-loan Wolves striker Niall Ennis could return on the bench. Oxford Utd: from Eastwood, Cadden, Dickie, Mousinho, Ruffels, Gorrin, Brannagan, Baptiste, Henry, Taylor, Fosu, Mackie, Hall, Sykes, Moore, Long, Stevens. WE welcome Doncaster Rovers to the Kassam Stadium this afternoon knowing it will be another really good test for us. Last season's play-offs seem a long time ago now, but I think Doncaster were there on merit and came very close to a return to the Championship. They remain a really good team and I have enjoyed watching them play when we analysed them in the build up to today's clash. After a dozen games or so I think the league table is starting to take shape and we are in a handy position. Read also: Matty Taylor wants to keep Oxford United fans flying high We had one rough week early in the season but since then we have been pretty consistent and one defeat in 11 games is a good run by anyone's standards. I think there is more to come from this team and I have complete faith that the players will keep pushing forward and get us even higher up the table. We should have won after carving out chance after chance, but credit to their keeper, who had a great game. Read also: Karl Robinson bids to keep entertaining Oxford United home fans It will go down as a 2-2 draw in the record books – it was in the group stages, not a knock out game! I was a bit frustrated not to win in normal time, but without checking the statistics I'd love to know when we were last in this position. It's October and we're in the top ten and still going in two cup competitions, with the FA Cup just around the corner as well. But you know what I'm going to say next. Read also: Three Doncaster Rovers players to watch against Oxford United Football has a terrible habit of knocking you down if you get carried away. When Tuesday's game went to penalties, I got all the players together and turned to Fabio Sole. I asked him if he fancied taking the first one and straight away he said "yes, not a problem." Ok, it wasn't a high pressure situation but it still takes a bit of bottle to step up like that and score. Fabio was happy to accept responsibility and take that penalty, just as I know Fabio Lopes, another youngster who came on during that game, would have done. Both of them were at the training ground the next day for their module with the LFE (League Football Education). The academy is producing good footballers, but it is also producing fine young men. If this is the first time you have subscribed to emails from JPIMedia Ltd, the publishers of Doncaster Free Press, please check your inbox to verify your email address.