OXFORD United showed a 'streetwise' streak to get clear of trouble at the bottom of Sky Bet League One, according to Coventry City boss Mark Robins.

Curtis Nelson's scruffy goal separated the sides at the Ricoh Arena.

While the 1-0 win took the U's up six places to 13th in the table, defeat halted Coventry City's play-off push.

U's boss Karl Robinson has called for his side to manage games better at times this season, so Robins's comments will be welcome.

He told the Coventry Telegraph: “They (United) came with a game plan which was to frustrate us and to break up the play when we were on top. 

Watch: Highlights from United's 1-0 win at Coventry

“They managed to slow things down a bit but at the end of the day, that is the other team's prerogative – to try and get something out of the game.

“Them coming out with the three points is bitterly disappointing for us, and they will be delighted with it because they have got clear of trouble.

“It’s partly to do with them being more streetwise but partly because we are masters of our own downfall because we could have been more clinical."