Sheffield Wednesday: Oxford boss Karl Robinson happy with side’s ‘game management’ at 'intimidating' Hillsborough

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson spoke of his delight after his side upset the odds and snatched three points late on at an 'intimidating' Hillsborough.

By Steve Jones
Sunday, 3rd October 2021, 6:00 am

The U’s took the game to Sheffield Wednesday in the first half and, by their manager’s own admission, managed their way through the second period when the hosts turned up the pressure.

Callum Paterson’s header looked to have rescued at least a point for the Owls after Cameron Brannagan had given the visitors a half-time lead, but James Henry found the net in stoppage time to earn Oxford their first away win of the season at the expense of Wednesday’s first home defeat.

"I don't think many teams come here and take the game to Sheffield Wednesday like we did,” said Robinson.

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Karl Robinson of Oxford United.

“To come to one of the most intimidating places in the league and perform the way we did was exceptional.”

Robinson admitted his side were forced to change their approach after the break.

He said: “In the second half our game management had to be a bit better.

"You understand you’re going to go down, you’re going to ask certain questions of the referee, you’re going to have to.

“You can’t compete for 90 minutes with a team like Sheffield Wednesday. From our point of view, it’s a wonderful win.”

The experience was bitttersweet for Scouser Robinson, however.

"It’s a special place,” said he said of Hillsborough.

“This stadium has been an embedded part of football history for good reasons and horrific reasons, my father was here on that day (15 April 1989).

“It’s always weird being a Liverpool fan coming here, it always has that strange sense."