Danny Rose can’t wait to play in front of Oxford United’s biggest crowd in almost two years, and wants the high-fliers to put on a show which will keep fans coming back for the rest of the season.
An attendance of around 10,000 is expected at the Kassam Stadium for the Boxing Day clash with Plymouth Argyle (3pm), following a marketing push by the club.
It is almost double the average home gate this season and will be the largest since 11,825 watched the 2-0 derby win over Swindon Town in March 2012.
Rose has experienced a packed Kassam during his first spell with the club and is buzzing to do so again.
The U's midfielder said: “It’s exciting. I have played at the Kassam when it’s been full during the play-offs back in the Conference days.
“When the stadium is full, the atmosphere is electric and the fans can really have a positive effect on the team.
“The club have done brilliantly to promote ‘The Big Match’ and hopefully it will generate good income and a good result.”
The increased attendance will be made up by thousands who are either new to the club or only spectate occasionally.
Rose knows an attractive display from the U’s, who could return to the top of Sky Bet League Two if results go their way, could make a big difference to home gates in the second half of the season.
He said: “Hopefully, we can put on a performance which will make them want to come back.
“If we can do our best to do that, it will be great for all involved.
“It can definitely intimidate the opposition going away to big crowds, which will work in our favour.”