KARL Robinson has said all season that Oxford United concentrate on their five-game blocks, rather than the table.

It is a good job too, as a tough end to the season is just around the corner.

In their last six matches, United face four of Sky Bet League One’s top eight – Plymouth Argyle, Sunderland, MK Dons and Rotherham United – and visit Fleetwood Town, where they have never won in seven attempts.

Meanwhile, a home game against Doncaster Rovers on the final day of the season looks appealing now, but the visitors could well be playing for survival.

The U’s do not have a bad record against the current top eight, with 13 points from ten matches to date.

But they must give themselves breathing space to maximise their chance of reaching the play-offs.

United have four games left in this block: home fixtures against Burton Albion and Ipswich Town, as well as trips to Shrewsbury Town and Morecambe.

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The saying that there are no easy matches in League One is not just a cliche and all of those are potentially awkward - the Tractor Boys will still believe they can finish in the top six.

But the U’s can put themselves in a brilliant position for the final month of the season.

United have won 13 out of 19 games against the bottom half of League One and Burton, Shrewsbury and Morecambe are all in that bracket.

Two wins and two draws from their next four matches, which certainly seems achievable, takes them to 70 points.

That would surely put them within touching distance of the play-offs ahead of a difficult April.

Oxford United's run-in:

  • March 5: Burton Albion (H)
  • March 12: Shrewsbury Town (A)
  • March 19: Ipswich Town (H)
  • March 26: Morecambe (A)
  • April 2: Plymouth Argyle (A)
  • April 9: Sunderland (H)
  • April 15: Fleetwood Town (A)
  • April 18: MK Dons (H)
  • April 23: Rotherham United (A)
  • April 30: Doncaster Rovers (H)