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Why Mark Sykes and Oxford team-mates rejected Wembley walk-out ahead of League One play-off final

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Oxford United's Mark Sykes (left) whips in a cross during the semi-final second leg.

Oxford United's Mark Sykes (left) whips in a cross during the semi-final second leg.

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Karl Robinson

Karl Robinson

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Oxford United's Mark Sykes (left) whips in a cross during the semi-final second leg.

Oxford United have rejected the chance for a Wembley visit ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League One play-off final.

Boss Karl Robinson has revealed he asked his players if they wanted a pre-match tour to get their bearings - and they said no.

The U's will face Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe for a place in next season's Championship, with Robinson insisting any match at the national stadium will be special, even behind closed doors.

"It's something they preferred not to do," said Robinson, of a possible pre-match Wembley visit.

"I don't know whether Wycombe are going.

"If they do, they may think we're being arrogant by not going, but that's certainly not the case.

"I just know that we feel when we turn up, we'll be ready and that's the most important thing.

"Wembley's always special and a place that creates memories, but the best time to use your phone is after the match.

"And if you don't get that chance to celebrate, and take pictures, then you don't deserve that chance.

"There's no right way, there's no wrong way; this was just the choice of my players."

Asked if Wembley can retain its magic without the fans, Robinson continued: "It's Wembley, I've cried there, as a fan I've enjoyed winning there.

"I've been there and won as a coach, and I've had many, many memories going there for different reasons. And it's always special."

Belfast Telegraph