WE made the long trip down to Plymouth yesterday in preparation for today’s Emirates FA Cup second-round game.

It’s not the first time we will have played Plymouth this season, but I expect a very different game from when we beat them in the league back in October.

Home Park is undergoing a bit of rebuilding work right now, but it won’t take away from the atmosphere at a fantastic club who get great support down there and make it very tough for away teams.

We go into the match after a really good win against Rochdale on Tuesday night.

It’s funny though, because I thought we played as well up at Bradford in terms of keeping our shape, pressing and dominating possession.

It was just that on Tuesday we were that bit more ruthless and took our chances.

I asked for that reaction after Bradford and I want another reaction today because winning one game means nothing.

You need to win games back-to-back and get that level of consistency in every match you play.

So far we have only won two games in a row twice this season – Gillingham and then Forest Green being the most recent.

The other occasion saw us beat Burton Albion and then Newport County.

Perhaps there is an omen there, a league win then progress in a cup competition.

My challenge to the players is to keep improving and to show what a good team we are every time we go out there.

I sense that there is a growing belief among the fans who are starting to see that we have a very talented group of players here.

Marcus Browne got all the headlines on Tuesday, but Gavin Whyte can be just as exciting and I actually thought Jamie Hanson had a terrific game.

It was his best so far and in a role that he is starting to really make his own.

Those are positives and whether you are following us down to Plymouth today or listening to the game at home, we want to give the fans something else to cheer about and start the busiest month of the season with another win.

THERE won’t be too many changes in the squad for today’s match.

But Harvey Bradbury will have to miss out because he is cup-tied after scoring a hat-trick for Woking earlier in the competition.

His place will go to Owen James, another very exciting young forward who has been very impressive this season with his energy and work rate.

It seems a perfect moment to remind you that there’s also a game against Wolves on Monday.

The match will be held at Thame United and fans can see our under 23 team take on one of the best young sides in the country.

That is going to be a major test for them, but we have faith and I know that they will rise to the challenge.

Why not come along and see some of the exciting players we have here at Oxford United in action?