KARL Robinson says he is not worried about the form of Matty Taylor, who has scored just once so far this season.

Since that goal, which came in the 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers last month, Taylor has failed to hit the net in four Sky Bet League One matches.

The U’s striker got off to a slow start last season, scoring three in United’s opening 10 league fixtures, with two of those coming late on in the 4-1 win away against the 10 men of Accrington Stanley.

However, he ended the season with 18 goals in League One, and a further strike in the play-offs.

In his first season for United after signing from Bristol City, Taylor endured dry spells in front of goal mixed with purple patches.

After bagging his first goal in a 6-0 win at Lincoln City, Taylor then scored eight goals in 10 matches, across three competitions.

He then didn’t score in the league until February, but still ended the season with 17 goals in all competitions.

With that in mind, Robinson is confident the goals will come for Taylor.

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“We felt we had strikers who were in form going into the season,” said Robinson.

“Strikers always have that dip where they have a barren patch.

“If you look at Matty historically, he’s always gone through this, yet he still scores 20 goals a season.

“For me, I’m not overly worried about Matty Taylor, because I know he’ll come good.

“Am I worried about the chances that we’ve created in the last few games? Yes.”

United have certainly not yet hit the free-flowing style of play accustomed with the side in recent seasons.

This is particularly true when on their travels, losing their last five matches on the road and boasting just one point from four League One away games this season, that coming on the opening day at Cambridge United.

Robinson himself said after the recent defeat at Cheltenham Town that United don’t have an answer when going behind in games.

Those away day blues appear to be having an impact on Taylor and his involvement in the game.

In order to impact proceedings, the striker is dropping into deeper positions to try and get on the ball.

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Robinson said: “Because he cares so much, he comes deeper and deeper to try and show how much he can affect the game.

“That single-mindedness sometimes makes them [strikers] what they are.

“When Matty cares too much, he ends up doing too much running.

“Then when the ball’s flashing across the box, he’s not in the position that you’d expect Matty Taylor to be in.”

After the Cheltenham defeat, Mark Sykes went over to the United supporters in an away end where a smattering of boos could be heard at full-time.

Addressing the recent results himself, Robinson said: “I understand the frustrations, the results of late haven’t been good enough.

“Don’t think any of us go away thinking it’s alright, or that we’re coming to you with a deflection of a performance.

“We find ourselves in a high performance level at the moment, but a low results output.”