OXFORD City boss Mark Jones has reacted quickly to his side’s defeat at Concord Rangers, by making two loan signings ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Hemel Hempstead.

Last week’s loss means City are firmly back in the Vanarama National League South relegation dogfight, sitting just two points above the drop zone.

Jones has since snapped up Sam Nombe from MK Dons and Frankie Musonda on loan from Luton Town.

Nombe, a striker, has made nine first team appearances for Dons this season, and joins until the end of the season along with Musonda, a second-year pro with the Hatters.

At the same time, Jones has released defender Christian Navarro and midfielder Matt Peake-Pijnen.

The manager said: “The aim is very clear now. We have 13 games left and we need to fight for every point to make sure we stay in this division.

“We had a clear the air meeting on Tuesday, and we are all together for this run of games.

“I think we’ve lacked a bit of intensity since Christmas. I don’t think we’ve been poor, but we haven’t done enough in games.

“We are a side that has lots of possession, but don’t cause opposition enough problems.”

City’s two new signings go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match.

“Frankie is very highly thought off and has a very good character and Sam has made several first team appearances at MK Dons, is quick, powerful and will add a bit of athleticism to the side,” said Jones.

“There are times when Matt (Paterson) has looked a bit isolated up front, so hopefully Sam will add some more threat.

“The signings hopefully show other players that we are not accepting this run. We need to fight hard.”

Jones said Navarro was released to free up money to bring new players in.

“It was a really tough decision, but we can’t afford to keep everyone,” said the manager. “It may be a little harsh on Christian, but I think he would have found his game time limited in the coming weeks.

He added: “We are in a battle. I think maybe five wins may be enough to stay up, but we need to give it our all in every game.”

Oxford City (v Hemel Hempstead, home): from King, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Poku, Oastler, McEachran, Fofana, Sinclair, Paterson, Hirst, Pearce, Tutton, Forde, Godwin-Malife, C Stevens, Nombe, Musonda.