KARL Robinson’s touchline ban comes while there are two suspensions on the pitch.

Oxford United will be without their head coach for the trip to Bolton Wanderers, while Billy Bodin and Matty Taylor are also unavailable due to their respective bans.

It’s imperative that the U’s don’t lose their discipline, as they battle to pull away from the relegation zone.

That is not to suggest United have already done so, but each suspension could’ve been avoided.

The club appealed Taylor’s straight red card against Peterborough United, although it was ultimately unsuccessful.

While Taylor’s dismissal may have seemed harsh, the striker gave referee Andy Woolmer the opportunity to show a red card by raising his hands and shoving Ronnie Edwards in the midriff.

Bodin was another who gave the officials a chance to show him red.

On a yellow card at Fratton Park, the U’s man lunged in from behind on Reeco Hackett.

Robinson was shown yellow cards against Peterborough and Portsmouth due to his impassioned reactions to decisions made by the officials.

Ill-discipline simply cannot creep into a United dressing room already depleted by injuries, and fighting at the wrong end of the table.