While the rest of you enjoy the Easter weekend, we’ll be back in training as usual today because we’re in between two difficult games.

We travelled up to Sunderland on Thursday, then came back last night and will come in to the training ground for a light session to get the match and the long journey out of our legs.

The medical staff and the sports science and nutrition teams will have their work cut out to make sure the players recover as quickly as possible and have the right fuel and preparation for Accrington on Monday afternoon.

For some reason people only focussed on Friday, but we have always treated the two games in the same way: equally important and a good chance to show what we can do as we head towards the finish line of a long and very challenging season.

Looking back, the match at Accrington kind of set the tone for a lot of the season.

If you remember, a sensor on the team bus was set off by the antibacterial spray when the doors closed and the bus wouldn’t move.

I can still remember standing there in the hotel car park trying to organise lifts and taxis for the squad so we could get to the game and still social distance!

Opinion: Games in hand are less important this season

Everyone mucked in, there were skips and bags going all over the place but everyone was laughing about the situation.

In the end we won 4-1: laughing at adversity seems to have been the best way this season.

I thought we were over the worst of things in that respect, but then last Friday we had to suddenly change all the arrangements for Lincoln City after they had a Covid scare on the day of the game.

We moved their changing room to one of the lounges, the first time we’ve had to do that this season.

It was the right thing and credit to Michael Appleton and his staff who accepted the circumstances and acted with real dignity.

We opened all the doors so nobody touched handles and there were some fine details that needed to be put in place.

The same will happen on Monday, not to put Accrington off or cause a problem for them: we don’t do that to other clubs.

It’s just the right thing to do to ensure that both teams are looked after and can play the game safely ahead of what’s going to be a very hectic last month of the season.

Pictures: Oxford United and Oxford City pay respects to Micky Lewis

Before we set off for Sunderland, we took the team bus and the entire squad down to Oxford City where the two clubs lined up side-by-side to pay our respects to a true legend of football in Oxford: Micky Lewis.

The cortege went past and we were all very emotional; our love and best wishes go to Micky’s wife Suzanne and son Zach.

I thought it was a nice way for Oxford United and Oxford City to show our appreciation of a wonderful human being whose death has really shocked everyone who knew him.

Plans continue for a game in his honour, but football in Oxfordshire will never be the same without one of its great heroes.