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MICHAEL DUFF ON OXFORD UNITED TRIP

30 January 2023

Club News

MICHAEL DUFF ON OXFORD UNITED TRIP

30 January 2023

The gaffer spoke to the assembled press ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Oxford United on Wednesday evening.

ON INJURIES

"Matty Wolfe looks like he got a bad one in the in-house game on Saturday. We're still waiting on the scans, but it doesn't look particularly good. It was innocuous, it wasn't even a tackle - a football incident. Marshy (Aiden Marsh) felt his hamstring in the game, other than that, everyone's as you were from the week before.

"Mads was just precautionary. It's just a training session. We would have done that on the training pitch in front of nobody. The only reason we did it at Oakwell was to give a little bit of a thank you to the supporters that travelled on Tuesday. The in-house game was booked in three weeks ago when the Sheffield Wednesday game got moved."

 

ON TRANSFER WINDOW 

"I'll be honest - if we sit and talk about names and rumours, I'll be sat here until the window shuts! There have been bids put in for players, we're interested in lots of players - there's a lot of nonsense out there. Until someone signs on the dotted line, it's not something I'm interested in getting involved in, in terms of tit for tat and hearsay."

ON EXETER POSTPONEMENT

"It's different for the players, me and the staff - we get paid to go down there. We get paid to go down, all our food is paid for by the Club. It doesn't cost us anything. 

"I don't know whether they can do any ruling where a decision has to be made before the opposition coaches set off, I don't know. It's not ideal - it's frustrating. I don't know how much it's going to cost in petrol, £100 at least I imagine. A day off work, food and then getting back a 3, 4 in the morning. We understand the frustrations of the supporters because we wanted the game, but it's different for us. It's their time, and their money. It was really, really frustrating."

ON OXFORD UNITED

"A tough one. They've got good players, I think they've been in the play-offs the last three years. They've got a really well built team, they've got a manager who's got a lot of games compared to his age. You look at the last home game, they beat Ipswich. They gave Arsenal a really good run for their money in the FA Cup, came out with a lot of credit from that although they got beat. 

"They'll be wounded from the last couple of games. They're a dangerous opponent - a wounded animal with good players. They'll probably think they've still got a chance of the play-offs because of the squad they've got and they can put a run of results together. We know it's going to be a difficult game."


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