Oxford United have been drawn at home to Premier League champions and current Carabao Cup holders Manchester City in the quarter-finals of this seasons competition.
The U’s booked their place in the last eight with a penalty shoot-out victory against Sunderland on Tuesday night having beaten Peterborough United, Millwall and West Ham United earlier in the competition.
It is thirty-two years since Oxford have been in a last-eight draw. Still, the match is a repeat of last season’s third-round tie, which Pep Guardiola’s side won 3-0 on the way to winning the cup at Wembley, and this seems to have tempered the excitement of many Oxford fans when they took to social media to react to the news.
Judging by some of the posts, another home game against Pep’s millionaires is not setting the pulses racing amongst much of the Oxford fanbase who are currently enjoying some of the best football seen at the Kassam Stadium in several years under the guidance of boss Karl Robinson.
They are in great form, having risen to fifth in the League One table with some pulsating football producing lots of goals and big wins both home and away. However, many fans see the only positive of the draw is a swelling of the coffers from a sell-out crowd, with most giving very little chance of an upset.
Here is a selection of some of the more downbeat responses to yet another game against the Premier League giants on Twitter.
And TV revenue
— Andy Padley-Smith (@aps6000) October 31, 2019
That's all we can do. Sell it out, Sing our hearts out for 90minutes and hope the lads as good as they have been have something else in the bag
— DannyB (@DannyBOUFC) October 31, 2019
Only positive will be a full house again
— Aaron (@Aaron40044542) October 31, 2019
— Andrew Lawrence (@YellowAL) October 31, 2019
Boring, we've played them before!!
— Janine B (@yayabailey) October 31, 2019
No one wanted that
— Zak Jaggs (@JaggsZak) October 31, 2019
City fans all tweeting about what an easy draw they've got!
Lets make them eat their words!
— Claire Riseley (@ClaireRiseley) October 31, 2019
— Vickers (@JoshVickers10) October 31, 2019
Funny how getting Man City at home, somehow feels like a disappointment. 🤔
— Dorset Yellow (@LeeB155) October 31, 2019