OXFORD boss Karl Robinson reckons the standard of League One will keep improving and insists Wanderers “will have a go” next season.

The U's missed out on a place in the top six after finishing eighth in the table – just three points ahead of Ian Evatt’s men.

And with the likes of Derby added to the mix next term, Robinson admits things aren’t going to get any easier in the short term.

“The league’s going to be better,” he told the Oxford Mail. “Ipswich, Charlton, Portsmouth and Bolton will have a go.

“Three of that four (who reached the play-offs) are still going to be in this league with Derby County, Barnsley and Peterborough coming down.

“I only foresee it getting harder to try to stay in the top 10 and that something we’ve got to be better at as well.”

Wanderers finished the season on 73 points, which would have guaranteed a play-off place in at least five of the last 19 seasons.

But with the likes of Forest Green and Exeter promoted from League Two this season, Robinson is hopeful that the required total won’t be as high next term.

He added: “There are some big teams in the top seven of the league below so they’re only going to make the league stronger.

“This year the bottom part of the league was so disconnected. We always say 50 points is the benchmark so if (the promotion race) gets stronger, that gets lower.

“I don’t think it’s so much about the top teams, I think it’s about how strong the league is from top to bottom and that’s what balances out the averages.

“That’s where the averages will hopefully come down, because it’s going to be hard.”


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