Chris Wilder insists he is not under any extra pressure to-night as Oxford United attempt to stop a three-game losing streak at Cheltenham Town.
It comes just three days after the U’s were booed off by their own supporters following a 4-0 defeat at Burton Albion.
Wilder described it as the most disappointing day in almost four years at the club and is looking to half the slump at Whaddon Road.
The United boss is not panicking, just as he did not get carried away when a hat-trick of wins at the start of the season took the club top of npower League Two.
He said: “People will always have their thoughts on me, it’s a ridiculous situation where one minute I’m getting mentioned for manager of the month and then people are questioning whether it’s time for a change.
“That’s football – we win three games and you’re the king, lose three games and you’re a nugget.
“Nothing’s changed in my approach to how hard we work and what we’ve got to work with. We always put ourselves under big pressure to deliver.
“I’ve done that since I’ve been here. I’ve devoted 100 per cent of my time and effort into turning it around.”
Wilder was most alarmed on Saturday by United’s lack of commitment, which fell well below the expected standards.
Restoring their competitiveness is the priority tonight against near neighbours, who have also gone three games without a win.
He said: “I didn’t think we competed at all against Burton, we were second best in physical challenges and in our intensity.
“I think this is a great game for us because it’ll be a hurly-burly local derby and we have to go there and compete, because if we don’t we won’t get a result.”
Despite declaring there were players who had lost his trust on Saturday, the U’s boss has faith in the squad after coming through similar troughs.
He said:“I’ve been in this position before, the first year back in the Football League we had a poor run and went to the league leaders, Chesterfield, and won 2-1.
“We did it last year when we ground one out at Morecambe (0-0) to get us going again.
“I’m confident and positive this group can do it.”