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Preview: Powell looks ahead to Oxford trip

The Blues boss covers all the hot-topics in the build-up to Saturday's game

13 April 2018

Chris Powell is targeting at least two wins from the remaining three away games.

Blues travel to Oxford United on Saturday on the back of an encouraging performance at Blackburn Rovers.

Ultimately last weekend’s game ended in defeat, something that Powell is hoping to change on Saturday.

“We’ll always have our way of playing and our style, but we have to tweak it now and again like we did for Blackburn and learn from the previous away game like I feel we did, because we didn’t turn up at Plymouth.

“We went to Blackburn and gave them a really good game. They should finish first or second and they’re talking about getting away with it which is pleasing, but ultimately, you’re judged on getting points to try and make your own situation better.

“We’ve got three away games and I’m targeting at least two to win. I think we can win at least two of them.

“It won’t be easy, and we need to score in the second half which I didn’t know until last week.

“That’s another stat that is beyond me and needs changing. Our fans would be going home at half time in some of our away games. We don’t want that, and I know they won’t!

“We’ve learnt in the last few games but they’ve been two defeats. We can’t keep learning and losing because that’s not a good equation.

“The next step is picking up points, and the players know that. We’re capable of going to Oxford, Oldham and Bradford and picking up the wins I feel we should get.”

Oxford are in a precarious situation with their future in Sky Bet League One not assured.

And Powell will be hoping to take advantage of their uncertainty this weekend.

“Karl has gone in and he has a way of playing. He will be looking to get a result after a couple of defeats and a couple of draws.

“They will be looking to get that boost they need and I don’t want to give that to them, so in some ways we can do our best to put the pressure on them early in the game.

“They have some good footballers. I’ve always looked at them throughout the course of the season, and there’s two or three players that can really handle the football.

“They’ll play in a certain style and they had the heartbreak of an injury-time winner against Fleetwood, which is never great because we had the game watched by Kevin Keen who said they performed pretty well.

“We know they have quality in certain areas and we have to make sure that we don’t let them or allow them to build and build their confidence because that could make it a tough game.

Blues have not lost in 90 minutes against the U’s in their last 10 outings, but that is not something Powell is placing any importance on.

“I always think they are a bit quirky them stats because it’s different players, different managers, tactics, formations.

“We played Gillingham not long ago and everyone was saying we don’t do well against them and won 4-0.

“It can be a bit misleading but we will take any positive that comes our way and if that’s the case then let’s hope we can continue that.”

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