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Michael previews Oxford visit

23 December 2019

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Imps boss Michael Appleton says the players will be wanting to set the records straight, as his side travel to Oxford United on Boxing Day.

City were heavily defeat by Karl Robinson’s side in September in the final game before Michael took charge of the Imps.

Oxford, who Appleton managed for three years between 2014 and 2017, will be returning to the Kassam Stadium for the first time in the opposition dugout since his exit for Leicester City ahead of the 2017/18 season.

“The players will do that [have the reverse result in their minds]. Speaking as an ex-player, it is something I would want to do,” he said.

“I have to be mindful of that as well, making sure there is an ice about us in our heads, knowing our jobs and what we need to do. I wouldn’t want to take too much of that from them.

“There will be a reminder of that for the players, not just from me, but from everyone else.

“Sometimes you don’t get the opportunity to put it right in the same season, and hopefully we will take the chance to do that on Boxing Day.”

The squad won’t be in for training on Christmas Day, but they will be staying together in a hotel in the evening, something which the boss thinks is important ahead of a Boxing Day fixture.

“It’s about getting the players in the best frame of mind,” he added.

“Christmas is a big part of the year for football and people with families as well.

“To give them the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep on a busy day, is the best scenario for everybody.”

Michael O’Connor marked his return to the side on Saturday, but was brought off on the hour mark as part of his recovery process the Imps boss revealed, despite picking up a slight knock shortly before.

“We knew we would only get an hour of him with the time he’s missed,” he said.

“His presence is always good for us, but when he got his knock it was a double whammy and it was right to get him out of there.”

Imps fans are able to pay on the day at the Kassam Stadium, but the match is also available to watch live on iFollow for UK and International Imps. Click here for more information.

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