Karl Robinson on striker hunt, Josh Murphy's omission and more late drama

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Oxford United head coach Karl Robinson Picture: David Fleming
Oxford United head coach Karl Robinson Picture: David Fleming

KARL Robinson was coy about Oxford United’s chase for a striker as he closes in on another addition up front.

The U’s are thought to be on the brink of signing Kyle Joseph on a season-long loan from Swansea City, who they beat on penalties in the Carabao Cup last night.

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The 20-year-old has not played this term and sat out the first-round tie at the Kassam Stadium.

Robinson answered ‘we’ll see’ when asked pre-match if his hunt for a striker had been successful and was equally reluctant to give details at full-time.

He said: “For once I don’t want to tempt fate, but someone I really admire might be close and they will make this football club stronger.”

The U’s head coach also revealed Josh Murphy will go for a scan today after the winger was forced off with cramp against Cambridge United on Saturday.

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The summer signing was left out of the squad against Swansea as United take a safety-first approach.

Robinson said: “We think it’s nothing, but we don’t want to take any chances.

“Sometimes you’re better being out and making sure you’re ready and raring to go for the weekend.”

On the pitch, United staged their second late show in four days as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and send the game to penalties.

Jay Fulton and Liam Cullen gave Swansea a comfortable lead at the break, before Alex Gorrin charged Steven Benda’s clearance into the net to make it 2-1.

Cameron Brannagan then emulated Tyler Goodrham’s stoppage-time goal on Saturday with a deflected free-kick, also in the 93rd minute.

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The tie went straight to spot-kicks and Ed McGinty made a debut save from Matty Sorinola, leaving Brannagan to score the winning penalty.

Robinson said: “I remember going to Anfield in 1989 to see Liverpool pick the trophy up, and losing to Arsenal.

“I know how things can change in the last minutes of games of footy.

“Unless I’m going to scout games and the player I want to watch is being dragged off, I always try to stay to the end because I love football.

“To be fair to our fans, I don’t think many left either.

“They had every right to leave at half-time – I was almost going to get in my car myself.

“We’re good value for money, good entertainment.”