KARL Robinson has thanked his staff at Oxford United for staying calm over overdue wages ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Wycombe Wanderers.

The playing squad were paid on time yesterday, but everyone else at the club – including Robinson and his coaching staff – are still waiting.

It is hoped the issue - blamed on delays in the process of transferring the money from Asia - will be ironed out early next week.

The issue, the latest in a long line of financial problems this season, emerged on the eve of today’s important relegation clash with the Chairboys.

Also read: UPDATES - Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers

But Robinson is determined it will not derail their attempts to claim a third successive victory, which would edge them to within sight of survival in Sky Bet League One.

He said: “There was a glitch with the transfer of the funds. They were transferred on schedule in Asia and there are one or two protocols that it has to pass through.

“The players and the staff were brilliant yesterday.

“There have been one or two where there’s been a worry element to that, but we’re fortunate Tiger has been here. The reassurance has been magnificent.

“Everyone showed in a time we thought would be difficult, it is that simple even though it doesn’t look like it from the outside.

“But every member of staff stood up and really drove us on and spoke about how much the club means and how the game is more important than our individual things short-term.

“That was a really refreshing day to see that and I want to thank the staff and players for the way everyone handled themselves.

“We’ve always spoken about learning curves and there might be one or two more bumps in the road and we’re not going to shy away from that.

“Once we get into the summer there will be an assessment of what’s gone wrong – and it will be a long meeting.”

On the pitch, United make two changes from the 1-0 win at Coventry City.

Jerome Sinclair replaces Jamie Mackie up front, while top scorer James Henry comes in for Jordan Graham, who is fit enough to make the bench.

Gavin Whyte is not involved, but is expected to be available next week.

Oxford Mail:

Unused subs: Stevens, Mousinho, Hanson, Graham, Lopes, Sykes, Mackie.