OXFORD United’s no-blame culture is proving key to keeping morale high – but Ricardinho is hoping it will not be needed at Plymouth Argyle today.

The U’s six-match winless run in all competitions has been littered with costly errors, both individually and collectively.

United know they can ill-afford to make the same mistakes again at Home Park.

And, after a tough week which has seen the U’s lose Curtis Nelson and Rob Hall to long-term injuries, Brazilian left-back Ricardinho is hoping for a strong, well-organised display.

The 33-year-old said: “It’s important to keep things simple.

“But it is not just one person’s mistake, it is our mistake.

“We don’t need to say it was his or my mistake – we work as a team.”

United have not kept a clean sheet since their victory at Bristol Rovers a month ago, conceding 14 goals in their last six games.

Ricardinho is calling for his teammates to cut out mistakes today against a Plymouth side who sit second from bottom, but are unbeaten in four games.

Ricardinho said: “At the beginning of the season, we were solid in defence and we gave ourselves more chances to win games.

“But we need to be more focused in every situation, because sometimes we give chances to the other team.

“If we give them three opportunities, they score two goals.

“It’s not like they have ten chances, but we have to be focused for 95 minutes, so we don’t give them any opportunities.”