OXFORD United's challenging week hit a bizarre new low at lunchtime when their coach would not start.

As part of coronavirus precautions, an alcohol-based spray is deployed to sanitise the bus.

But it triggered the breathalyser used by the driver as a safety measure, which left the squad stranded at their hotel half an hour away from Accrington Stanley.

It appeared to have little negative affect on the players, who won the game 4-1.

Head coach Karl Robinson, who is juggling an injury-hit squad, said: "A lot of clubs at our level aren't doing Covid regulations properly, they're miles off it in some places.

"We've spent a lot of money on making sure our players are safe and everything that goes with it.

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"The problem is the blowing machine got affected by the alcohol gel on the coach, which meant when he (the driver) blew into it the coach stalled and wouldn't start for six hours.

"We had to use staff cars, taxis, you name it to get to the ground."

He added: "This week has certainly been sent to test us.

"It is what it is, you can't change it. We know things aren't falling in our favour.

"But it won't affect our attitude, the players are motivated by what's gone wrong.

"That's the beauty of life, when the going gets tough, the tough get going."