OXFORD United’s patchy league form has been one of many talking points so far at the club this season.

Off the pitch, a change of ownership has grabbed the headlines, while the U’s still continue with their search for a new stadium.

Football matters have been dominated by injuries to players and frustration in the transfer market.

However, the slow start to the season is what irks fans most, because ultimately, that’s what supporters see week in, week out.

Performances haven’t matched those in recent years, with United lacking at the sharp end of the pitch in particular.

Tomorrow afternoon marks the start of a ghoulish set of fixtures in the lead up to Halloween.

Peterborough United, Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers all currently sit in the top seven of Sky Bet League One, and will more than likely be there come the end of the season.

The U’s however must relish the opportunity to play catch-up with those sides.

Taking points off that trio will do United the world of good, ahead of a November where the fixtures look more of a treat, than a trick.

Entering winter in a rich vein of form could change the outlook for the U’s going into 2023, and it all starts with getting points on the board in the final games of this month.