OXFORD United must back-up last weekend’s point with a positive result today, says Jack Stevens.

The U’s make the short trip to Cheltenham Town (3pm) in Sky Bet League One and will be backed by a sold-out away end.

United are aiming for their first away victory inside 90 minutes this season, at the seventh attempt – their longest winless run at the start of a campaign since 1993/94.

Their last outing on the road was a sobering 3-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon a fortnight ago, but the U’s were much more solid in last weekend’s stalemate with Wycombe Wanderers.

And Stevens knows it is a platform to launch from.

“If we win, it’ll definitely be a good point,” the goalkeeper said.

“We said Wycombe was the best game for us, considering we were struggling a little bit (with set-pieces).

“We tweaked a few things, worked on it in training, went into the game and we were quite strong at defending them.

“We know we can do it and we’ve got to carry that on.”

Stevens has played every League One game this season, but eight teammates have featured in the back four already.

There could be more changes today, with Sam Long and Elliott Moore in contention for returns to the starting line-up, but the 24-year-old does not mind who is in front of him.

He said: “It’s so competitive that everyone’s going to get minutes.

“It’s a good group and there are no bad attitudes when people aren’t selected.

“Everyone understands we’re on the same route.”

Stevens needed that mindset as No 2 to Simon Eastwood, with his second and third League One appearances coming more than 19 months apart.

He added: “It’s just about controlling what you can control.

“Making sure you’re doing everything right, training as well as you can and waiting for that opportunity.

“When it does come you have to take it, because the squad is so strong.”

Stevens was promoted to No 1 last December and has not looked back, playing every league match of United’s condensed 2020/21 schedule, which took place almost entirely behind closed doors.

He reached 50 U’s games against Lincoln City last month and admits this season and last are worlds apart.

He said: “You’re able to really look forward to the games, as by the time the next game comes round it feels like you haven’t been out there for ages.

“I think the rest does us good, we come into the games fresh.

“Last year was Tuesday-Saturday every week, so I racked up quite a few games in a short space of time.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute.

“I missed out on a lot of good moments with the fans.

“Playing in front of big crowds still feels fairly new and it’s something I’m loving.”