KARL Robinson felt the discipline of Oxford United's players and staff helped ensure the entire squad tested negative for Covid-19.

The only positive result came from a member of support staff, who had not shown any symptoms and is now self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines.

The individual had been kept separate from the first-team squad and Robinson felt the test results rewarded the stringent protocols in place at the training ground.

United’s head coach said: “We had people come round to check our protocols and we were in the small percentage of people that did everything right.

“Making a training ground fit for purpose in the world we live in requires an awful lot of hard work.”

Karl Robinson: some clubs have become sloppy with Covid regulations

Robinson has been vocal about a perceived sloppiness over Covid rules that has crept in at some clubs.

The virus has caused dozens of postponements across the EFL, with 23 Sky Bet League One games called off since December 15.

All 72 EFL clubs are due to be swabbed this week, in a measure that was planned before the dramatic increase in cases that led to the latest national lockdown.

Meanwhile, the Premier League announced yesterday that 40 players or staff had tested positive last week.

Although Robinson can now plan for Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy third round tie against Cambridge United with a full squad available, he reminded his players that they must continue to take precautions.

He said: “Clear today doesn’t necessarily mean clear tomorrow.

“If you make a mistake with this virus it can be quite damning.

It gives us an opportunity to ensure we do the right things moving forward.”