Chief executive Mark Ashton has called on supporters to ‘pack the Kassam’ for Oxford United’s next two crunch Sky Bet League Two clashes.

The U’s host Carlisle United today, before entertaining York City on Easter Monday – with a Good Friday trip to Wycombe Wanderers in between.

In a letter to fans, Ashton says: “We all share the same disappointment and frustration at the way our results have gone.

“However, with the end of the season rapidly approaching and vital points still needed, this is a time for us to stand together as one.

“I’d like us to pack the Kassam for both the Carlisle and York games. It’s a great opportunity to all show what we can achieve, together.”

United have given out hundreds of tickets in recent weeks and Ashton was keen to stress that these have been funded, and not just ‘freebies’.

“I understand that some season ticket holders may be concerned that we are simply giving away free tickets despite the fact they are paying,” he said.

“Whilst I can understand those concerns, I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify that the tickets we have distributed have been part of our community season ticket initiative, which has seen the tickets paid for, by both sponsors and individuals.”

Meanwhile, Ashton revealed the club will be holding a series of special events for the York match.

One will see the club trialling a new supporters bar in the car park next to the Ox, which will offer discounted prices for season ticket holders between 12.30-1.30pm.