Opposition view: Robinson says there was a 'gulf' between Oxford and Cobblers

Karl Robinson.Karl Robinson.
Karl Robinson.
U's leapfrogged Town in League One standings

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson felt his side 'put a gulf' between themselves and the Cobblers during Tuesday's emphatic 4-0 victory at the Kassam Stadium.

The two struggling sides cancelled each another out during a drab first 45 minutes, but as Town lost their way in the second period, Oxford went through the gears and cruised to victory.

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Matty Taylor scored with two headers, Olamide Shodipo found the corner with a deflected shot and Dan Agyei rounded off an excellent evening for the 2,000 home supporters with a fabulous strike in stoppage-time.

"For the first time in a long time we’ve put a gulf between ourselves and a team in 90 minutes," said Robinson. "This is why I love my job and I’ve missed loving my job.

“The fans got what they wanted and so did we from them. I thought in the first-half our midfield dropped too deep but in the second we asked them to play a bit higher and that got us one v one out wide.

“I thought our turnover in possession and our intensity was quite incredible. You always knew the first-half was going to be tight and they would stop and start it. They’ve done it better than anybody else than I’ve seen.

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"The big turning point was at 2-0 when they had a set play that they could have scored from but didn’t. That was the only bit of luck we got tonight.

"I thought Sean (Clare) made a big difference when he came on and it was a pleasing performance but still a work in progress because we have still not seen what I expect consistently. But it was nice to see shots go in and deflections go our way.

“The second goal was really well worked and reminded me of how we played last year."