OXFORD United’s form over the last two months has transformed expectations.

The U’s were towards the bottom of the Sky Bet League One table until late December, when predictions of a repeat of last season’s promotion challenge appeared far-fetched.

But after 11 wins in United’s last 13 matches, suddenly a finish in the top six – or higher – seems within reach.

The U’s have won games they would have drawn or lost earlier in the season, like the 3-2 triumph at Plymouth Argyle or the 4-3 victory at Rochdale.

It has created this feeling that United will always find a way to eke out three points, but do not be alarmed if that ability appears to desert them in a tough run of fixtures.

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With six of their next eight matches against promotion contenders, there are bound to be setbacks.

In these games, draws can be almost as valuable as wins, as they ensure rivals do not progress at United’s expense.

Tomorrow’s trip to Ipswich Town is a case in point, as a home victory would put the Tractor Boys level with the U’s.

We have got used to seeing win after win from United, but the main thing over the next eight games is that they do enough to stay within touching distance of the play-offs.