KARL Robinson felt Oxford United deserved a penalty in each half against Wycombe Wanderers.

Both incidents involved Mark Sykes, with the midfielder going down under a tenth-minute challenge and later seeing a cross blocked by Chairboys defender Joe Jacobson.

It added to a frustrating afternoon for United as the visitors slowed the game down at every opportunity, but Robinson was pleased his players kept their heads.

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The U’s head coach said: “We knew that’s the way it is, Gillingham will be the same next time we come here.

“But referees have to be stronger.

“There’s a blatant penalty in the first half, absolute stonewall.

“When Sykesy gets in (in the second half), Jacobson handballs it.

“I don’t think the referee sees it because of the way he rotated his body.

“For all of the stuff that they did, I don’t think we lost our cool.”

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Robinson did not look to his bench until the 89th minute, but felt he did not need to change things up sooner.

“I would do exactly the same thing if I had the same opportunity,” he said.

“There weren’t many things I wanted to change other than final third entries and a little bit more quality.”