I’m really struggling to call this one. Will the team’s brittle confidence be in pieces after Saturdays setback or will the boys rally with the help of a churchillian speech from Robinson, and get back on track with a victory?
Difficult one to call this. Had the Bradford game not happened on Saturday, I'd be reasonably confident. Unfortunately, there were shades of the team that threw away so many early season points visible on Saturday. Has that awful play returned or was it just a blip?
You do have to go back to 2004 to find the last Rochdale win in Oxford so it's not a happy hunting ground for Keith Hill. However, it's a cold, wet, miserable Tuesday which could be a great leveller.
This is an important game to make sure we get something from, preferably all three points, but a point is not to be sniffed at, as it maintains the momentum we have built up over the last few weeks, and avoids the pressure of a losing run building up. Keeping things ticking over with draws is not a bad place to be in in the grand scheme of things, as it keeps the pressure on others around us to at least match that, which not all below us are doing, and it even drags in some of those above into the mix as well.
Saying that, the other worry is that our next three games are against teams in the top 8, so our expectations from those will inevitably have to be lower, so we will have to be satisfied with anything more than three points across those three games - maybe call it six from the next four as a reasonable target?
A point would be a poor result, considering we are at home and Rochdale are close to us in the league. Saying a point is not to be sniffed at is the kind of comment I can hear kr coming out with, in anticipation of a display as bad as Saturdays.