Karl Robinson gives his view on a 'free hit' against Newcastle United

Karl Robsinon says his Oxford United players are aiming to make the most of a “free hit” at St James's Park.

Robinson’s side take on Newcastle United tomorrow in a fourth-round tie.

The League One team will be backed by around 4,000 fans at St James’s Park, which is expected to be sold out.

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“I don’t see us winning this competition, so it’s not something we’re ever going to be judged upon,” manager Robinson told the Oxford Mail. “I think to get to the fourth round is tremendous testament to the players – and credit to them.

Karl Robinson.Karl Robinson.
Karl Robinson.

“We’ve managed to get this type of draw away from home, and give everybody a great day out. That’s what it will be, it’s a free-hit.

“We just need to get them (the fans) excited again, and I think one thing this team can be applauded for is it’s brought people together a bit more.

“I think that’s a tremendous sign at the weekend that people have belief in us. Every one of those 4,000 knows it will be difficult, but they probably also think there could be a shock as well.

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“That’s our responsibility, to make sure we do everything right leading up to the game to give ourselves the best opportunity.

“It is a long way and I think it’s extremely important that everyone who has bought a ticket and will be paying for petrol, food and hotels knows that we appreciate it. We know there will be a lot of yellow shirts in Newcastle.”