Karl Robinson proud of Oxford United in Blackpool play-offs
KARL Robinson was proud of Oxford United’s character as they fought in their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final at Blackpool.
The U drew 3-3 in the second leg at Bloomfield Road, their 3-0 home loss Tuesday costing them dearly as they lost 6-3 on aggregate.
United needed an unprecedented comeback to reach a second straight final at Wembley a week tomorrow and Matty Taylor’s strike in the seventh minute gave them hope.
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But quick goals from Elliot Embleton and Kenny Dougall slammed the door, with a header from Rob Atkinson followed by an effort from Jerry Yates for Blackpool.
Mide Shodipo equalized to make sure the contest ended completely and Robinson took heart from United’s display.
“When my team lost 2-1 a lot of teams would have collapsed – we went out and won the second half,” said the U head coach.
“I think we have been fighting.
“We were short, I didn’t expect this team to concede six goals.
“It was never in the game plan.
“We came here to score three points and have three, (but) I’m disappointed because I think we left ourselves pretty vulnerable on turnover from possession.”
Returning to Bloomfield Road for the first time since September, the 4,000 home fans made a lot of noise throughout the 90 minutes.
There was a recovery of breath after Taylor’s opener, as the U looked to become the first team in Football League playoff history to come back from three goals at the halfway point.
But, like in Tuesday’s first leg, Blackpool scored two back-to-back goals to gain control and Robinson was frustrated to see the good work undone.
“We conceded four goals in five and a half minutes. There is the tie, ”he said.
“The game plan was to stay 1-0.
“1-0 at halftime is all you need.
“You find yourself 2-1 and it’s my frustration, at 1-0, I’m just screaming to see half eliminated.
“I didn’t even have a chance to breathe.
“It’s almost like a boxer hits you with a few combinations, you’re numb.
“We didn’t lose that game, which was really important – to come back and really push them to the end.
“We failed and we just weren’t good enough on two legs.”