Rob Dickie has urged his colleagues to ‘roll up their sleeves’ as Oxford United aim to secure their League One status by the end of a crucial week at home.
The struggling U’s face three successive home games in the space of eight days as they limp towards the magic 50-point mark.
Two more wins would secure their third-tier position in theory, and defender Dickie wants to get the scores on the board as quick as possible.
Speaking after the latest defeat – a 3-2 loss at second-placed Shrewsbury Town – the 22-year-old said: “We haven’t got the rub of the green recently but that’s football – we have to take it on the chin and move on.
“We’ve got three big games against teams that are around us, which will be nice because we’ve played a lot of the top eight recently.
“With the talent in that dressing room we’ve definitely got enough to win them.”
The former Reading man added: “When the chips are down it’s tough. We’ve really got to roll our sleeves up and go for it in the next week.
“There’s no lack of effort, commitment or desire at all.
“Everyone in there is in it together, there’s no-one slacking it off or anything.
“We’re all committed to get the job done as early as possible.”
Despite United’s struggles, Dickie has impressed at centre back and has started the last eight games.