League One side Oxford United are currently looking to break back into the top-six despite their poor run of form following the festive period.
Manager Karl Robinson has already stated that there are still lots of games to go this season and that the U’s are looking to get their play-off push back on track after a few poor results.
Robinson will be keen to avoid any mistakes that himself and the side have made across the season so far as Oxford face an uphill battle to achieve their goal of promotion.
Here are three mistakes that Oxford and Robinson can’t afford to repeat in the season run-in…
Going behind in games
Oxford have conceded first in their last three league games, a mistake that is proving to be costly as they seek a return to winning ways.
Robinson will be instructing his side to go out on the pitch and get the first goal in games while maintaining their discipline and structure at the back to try and keep things tight.
Conceding first in games gives Oxford an uphill battle and with every point now vital to them, they will be determined to ensure that they are the team taking the lead in every game possible.
Relying on attackers for goals
Oxford need the midfield and defence to chip in with goals on a more regular basis if they are going to achieve their season targets.
Forward James Henry has nine league goals to his name while loanee Matty Taylor has seven goals in League One so far this season with central midfielder Cameron Brannagan third-top scorer for Oxford with five goals in the league.
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Robinson will be wanting his team to take more risks when in attack and he will be asking his midfielders to get in the box more from open play while hoping his defenders take no prisoners when it comes to attacking set pieces.
Not having suitable backup for Taylor
Matty Taylor has been vital to Oxford since arriving on loan from Bristol City last summer.
One mistake that Robinson may have made this season is not having a replacement that is good enough to replace the forward when he has been unavailable.
Taylor has recently suffered with a knee injury that has left him out for three weeks and Robinson will be ruing not having the squad depth there to replace him for a short period of time.
The Oxford chief will be working on a backup plan with his current options in case Taylor was be struck down again with injury.