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Oldham manager Stephen Robinson has demanded a response from his players after Monday night’s shcok FA Cup defeat to National League side Lincoln City.
The Imps beat the League One side 3-2 in what was an enthralling encounter for the neutral, but Latics boss Robinson did not see the entertaining side, and remains angry at the manner of his side’s exit.
“It’s been a tough week with a few home truths said to people. They let themselves down first and foremost live on the television and it has financial implications for the club as well.” Robinson told the club’s official website.
“We have had good performances but we haven’t picked up the results we wanted but that has to turn. We owe a performance to the fans and to ourselves because we let each other down.
“In football you have to move on quickly and we have another tough game against Oxford. We have prepared meticulously for the game again and we are looking for a response from our players.”
Tomorrow’s trip to the Kassam Stadium looks set to be another tough match, with Michael Appleton’s U’s just three points off the play-offs and desperate to stay in touch with the promotion chasing pack.
Oldham have their own battle on their hands as they scrap to get out of the relegation zone, and want any points they can get, but Robinson knows what sort of test his players face.
The manager said: “They have got a lot of pace in the team. “The boy [Rob] Hall out wide and Marvin Johnson who we had at Motherwell is a threat as well.
“He has been playing in a deeper position at the moment and we know what he can do. He is a player they signed for a lot of money and it shows they are throwing money at it and they have a decent squad.
“Michael Appleton has done well over the last couple of seasons and they have a bit of momentum as well and it will be a tough test for our team.”