Oxford United boss relishing 'ding-dong' four-way battle for play-offs with Blackpool, Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic

Oxford United Karl Robinson admits he's relishing a 'ding-dong' battle for a play-off place with his side's top six rivals Blackpool, Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 8:25 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 8:28 pm

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The fifth-placed Seasiders play their game in hand against Doncaster Rovers tomorrow night knowing a point will guarantee their spot in the play-offs.

But if they're beaten, the play-off race will go down to the final day where Pool take on Joey Barton's Bristol Rovers at Bloomfield Road.

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Oxford boss Karl Robinson

Oxford, who are seventh, three points behind Neil Critchley's side, came from behind to beat Shrewsbury Town 3-2 on Saturday.

The U's, who beat top six rivals Portsmouth on penalties in last season's play-off semi-finals, host Burton Albion in their season finale next Sunday.

They've got to win and hope that Blackpool and Pompey drop points in their respective games.

Charlton Athletic, who like Blackpool still have two games to play, are also in the frame.

"Roll on next Sunday and the balls start rolling again," Robinson told BBC Radio Oxford.

"Charlton will have to score an awful lot of goals to go above us with their game in hand.

"Depending on Blackpool's result on Tuesday, we could go ahead of them on the last day of the season.

"If Blackpool lose and there's four of us fighting for two spots, it's going to be a right ding-dong on the last day of the season.

"I don't sit here and play games, we just love what we're doing and our job.

"To get to the last day of the season, to get so close, get to 74 points - that's been enough for many years. Even 72 points is enough so to get the points tally we have is exceptional.

"We're in it. It was hard and it was tense (at Shrewsbury). It would have been another special moment because this could be a pivotal moment in our history."

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