KARL Robinson felt Oxford United did not need to go chasing a fourth goal against Plymouth Argyle.

Matty Taylor’s strike ten minutes from time, his second of the afternoon, put the U’s 3-1 up and fifth in Sky Bet League One.

United are only above Blackpool on goals scored, while seventh-placed Portsmouth are also level on points.

Their rivals boast games in hand in a tight play-off race, but Robinson was happy to sit on the 3-1 lead.

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The U’s head coach said: “Two goals clear was enough for us.

“Someone said to me with three minutes to go that Blackpool were getting beat (1-0 at home to Shrewsbury Town), so you know they’ll lose a goal.

“We could have gone 4-1 up, but we could easily have conceded.

“There’s a lot of aspects that are pleasing, we’re in the mix.”

United controlled large parts of the game and should have had more than Joe Edwards’ own goal to show for their first-half display.

Plymouth threatened in spells and Robinson was particularly pleased with centre backs Elliott Moore and Rob Atkinson.

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“I thought we passed the ball wonderfully well, the centre backs are becoming man mountains,” he said.

“I’m frustrated that we didn’t put a few balls in behind and ask the question in the first 15 minutes, because their press was aggressive.”

Argyle’s best period was the first 20 minutes of the second half, which ended with Niall Ennis drawing the visitors level.

It came at a similar time to AFC Wimbledon’s equaliser last Tuesday, when United went on to lose 2-1, but Mark Sykes insisted there were no concerns of history repeating itself.

He said: “There we were thinking we’ll try and cling on for ten to 15 minutes, whereas (against Plymouth) we needed to score to get ourselves into those play-off places.”