Oxford United squad competition is key says Damian Batt
Oxford United full-back Damian Batt has backed his team to continue their fine form - as competition for places is ensuring standards cannot be dropped.
The U's are in the League Two play-off places after going six games unbeaten.
Batt, 27, insists healthy rivalry for starting positions is having a positive effect on their push for promotion.
"You can't take your place for granted and you have to perform because other people will come in and try and take the place," Batt told BBC Radio Oxford.
The U's currently sit in seventh place and next face Crewe in the league.
"Everyone has put a shift in when they have had to play, apart from that month in November. This level of performance has been like this all season," added Batt.
"There is good competition all around and this is good for the players and the club.
"All the players here rise to the occasion and want to fight for their place, and people who want to fight to get into the 11.
"That is important and the only way you are going to move forward is if people are wanting to play every week."
Six of United's next nine games are at the Kassam Stadium and Batt says they need to make their home a fortress if they are going to keep their run going.
"We've got a lot of home games coming up and we need to pick up as many points and make it a fortress at home," he said.
"Pick up some key points and keep this momentum going. We have to win on Saturday."