Karl Robinson admitted that he was to blame for the changes that led to Oxford’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Burton Albion last night, as reported by Derbyshire Live.
His side led 2-1 in an enthralling game at the Kassam, but he made a double change that upset the rhythm of his side. Burton had already grabbed a 3-2 lead by the time he took off Anthony Forde and Ben Woodburn, replacing them with Tariqe Fosu and Jamie Mackie.
Steven Fraser bagged the Brewers’ fourth not long after and Robinson admits it was a fault of his alone.
“We didn’t put the ball in the box quick enough, we didn’t play forward quick enough, but equally I have to take responsibility,” said Robinson.
“I made a double substitution far too early and that is my responsibility.”
He felt he could change their tactical approach and get back into the game, but instead, it opened up the encounter and allowed Nigel Clough’s men to seize the initiative.
“You’ve seen in a number of games this year where if you keep your shape and discipline, gaps will appear at this level. From those two substitutions, the game became a basketball match.
“It was poor from me and is something I’ll take the blame for.”
The result leaves Oxford in 16th, with one win from their opening four matches. They travel to Bristol Rovers this weekend, before a tricky-looking trip to St Andrew’s to face Coventry City.
Karl Robinson might be on borrowed time at the Kassam. His side struggled last season and they’ve not started this campaign well either.
They’ve got a good squad, but the summer didn’t go according to plan and many of his key signings have come in the latter stages of the summer.
If they gel, quickly, maybe this false start can be forgotten, but on the evidence of last night’s encounter, it might not be that easy.