WES Thomas insists Oxford United’s players are being held accountable for their recent below-par performances, but it does not always come from the obvious source.

The U’s head into tomorrow’s Sky Bet League One clash at Plymouth Argyle bidding to end a six-match winless run.

It is their longest spell without a victory since the 2014-15 season – the first year under Michael Appleton.

United have been trying to put a positive spin on the miserable run, while manager Pep Clotet’s calm exterior on the touchline has not changed.

Thomas, who scored his sixth goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town last weekend, believes ranting and raving at players is not the way forward.

And the striker revealed there are plenty of players in the squad who will voice their concerns.

The 30-year-old said: “He (Clotet) has got that calmness and if you want a team to play football you can’t be screaming and shouting at players and putting extra pressure on them.

“You want them to feel relaxed and confident.

“But we’ve got characters in the team as well.

“If somebody is not up to scratch, players will tell them, so it doesn’t have to come from the manager.”