KARL Robinson feels the past week has shown signs Oxford United are turning the corner after a difficult start to the season.

The postponement of today’s game with Doncaster Rovers means they will have to wait until Tuesday, with the visit of Crewe Alexandra, for a chance to climb out of Sky Bet League One’s bottom four.

While they have lost six of their nine games, by tonight the U’s will have three games – all at home – in hand on most sides in the division.

Robinson is well aware results need to improve, but there is a belief things are moving in the right direction.

It began on Monday with positive news about Cameron Brannagan’s eye condition, followed by the signing of Jordan Obita.

He said: “Then I’m seeing Sam Winnall scoring goals in training, Mide (Shodipo)’s growing, the fans are now seeing the reasons why we signed Sean Clare after a sticky patch.

“Rob Atkinson’s back, Sam Long has proved he can fill in not just in the full back areas but also centre back.

“Jack Stevens is pushing Simon Eastwood.

“I’m seeing internal improvement. That doesn’t always lead to winning games immediately, it takes time.

“We’re still in that transition period in the season, which is far too late for our liking.

“(But) this is one of the first days I’ve felt a little bit more comfortable this season. There’s a lot of positivity around the place. “

Obita’s arrival, along with the return to action of John Mousinho, adds experience to the group which Robinson felt was badly required.

“We’re not what we were last year, we’re openly admitting that,” he said.

“We’ve lost so many players.

“We need some more senior players in the building to settle the nerves down a bit and find a little bit more consistency.

“I think he (Obita) will certainly add to that.”