KARL Robinson’s plans for yesterday did not extend beyond his living room as everyone at Oxford United put their feet up for a well-earned break.

The squad have also been given today off after a punishing schedule in February.

But they are able to rest up in high spirits, after beating Southend United 2-1 to claim a fourth win on the spin took them back into Sky Bet League One’s play-off places.

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The U’s averaged two points per game last month, far above Robinson’s expectations.

“To get 16 points in a month is some going,” he said.

“I need (a break), I feel horrendous and tired.

“We’ve all pushed ourselves and I want to thank every member of staff and every fan who has put money down to come and watch their team.

REPORT: Oxford Utd 2, Southend Utd 1

“I want to thank my players for their hard work and disciplined behaviour, away from football as well.

“They have two days to rest.

“I can’t wait to lie on that couch all day on Sunday and not move.”

Having played so well in recent games, United were six minutes away from drawing against Southend.

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While Matty Taylor got the plaudits for the winning goal, Robinson paid tribute to the way Marcus Browne chased back to reclaim the ball at the start of the move.

“Have a look at what Marcus did,” he said. “That’s a loan player.

“That’s why I’m so proud of my players, because that’s what I get all the time.”

It ended a week which had seen speculation over Robinson’s position following an approach from Blackpool, which was rejected.

And the head coach came out before the game to applaud the U’s fans for their backing.

He said: “I thought it was important I did that, rather than just glossing over it.

“The club means a lot to me.

“I won’t be here forever, we all know that.

“There will be a time when the fans certainly don’t want me here as well.

“But in the meantime I thank them for the support that me and my family constantly get.

“It means so much to me that my family is respected as well.

“Hopefully they can be proud of their team and I just want to say thank you.”