John Coleman won’t underestimate Oxford United despite the Us being on the hunt for their first points of the season.
The Reds travel to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow night looking to build on four points in the last two league games, especially the draw with pre-season promotion favourites Charlton on Saturday.
“I was pleased with the performance on Saturday but I don’t think you can ever be pleased with a draw at home, you want to win games,” said Coleman.
“Charlton might feel they should be beating us because of the stature of their club compared to ours but I feel we should be beating the likes of Charlton at home.
“If we are going to be successful and try and mount a challenge for the play-offs, we have to win our home games and that means whoever comes here we should be beating.”
Coleman knows Oxford, managed by his friend Karl Robinson, will provide a big threat.
“That’s always the difficult games at the start of the season, teams who are scrapping for their first win, they are probably the most difficult opponents to overcome.
“But we have done our homework and will continue to show the players what we need to but we know it will be tough.
“We know though that when we get our game going, we can be a match for anyone.
“I know Karl well, after the game you have a chat and a laugh but you are serious when the game is on.
“He has had a good managerial career so far at such a young age and I am sure he will be turning them around soon.”
Coleman has some food for thought with his team after midfielder Sam Finley impressed on his full league debut after signing from AFC Fylde in the summer.
“Sam has had a lot of experience of playing men’s football, he has played a full season in the Conference, he has played in Europe, he has won titles, he has a lot of attributes and he will certainly shine for us.”
And the manager hasn’t ruled out more loan signings.
“It is frustrating as I know the ones I want but I just have to wait for their clubs to get other players in, that’s frustrating but we will carry on,” added the Reds boss.