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Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook anticipates a 'great game' against Oxford United



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Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook is expecting a tough afternoon when his side plays host to Oxford United tomorrow (3pm).

The U's head to Portman Road sitting sixth in the League One table, four points better off than Ipswich in ninth.

Their boss Karl Robinson is also anticipating a closely-fought encounter, although he does feel that Ipswich could be a little 'cautious' in their approach.

Paul Cook's Ipswich will take on Oxford tomorrow afternoon. Picture: Ady Kerry
Paul Cook's Ipswich will take on Oxford tomorrow afternoon. Picture: Ady Kerry

Robinson told reporters: “Everyone knows the quality of staff that they’ve got and the players they have, you can see the flow of what they’re trying to do.

“This is the best team we’ll probably have faced at their place.

“It won’t be as open as maybe we foresee, they’ll be a little bit cautious as they’ll know on the turnover we’ll be very good."

Asked for his take on Robinson's 'cautious' comment, a smiling Cook replied during this morning's press conference: "No comment!"

He then continued: "I’ve got the utmost respect for Karl Robinson. I’ve known him a very long time and he brings his side here tomorrow in a very good place. They’re a good side, have got really good players and a good style.

"We’re looking forward to a really good game. It’s one of the fixtures I look forward to because you know you are going to get two teams on a football pitch trying to win a game. That normally means you’ll get a great game.

"They are definitely one of the better sides in the division. I think anyone who comes across Oxford will be tested at times, without a shadow of a doubt. They are very, very good in possession of the ball.

"I think this will be a really good benchmark to see where we are at this time."

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