KARL Robinson reckons he still needs a striker in the January transfer window, despite seeing his experiment against Ipswich Town yield three points.

United’s head coach paired Billy Bodin and Yanic Wildschut up front in a 3-5-2 formation against the Tractor Boys.

The latter opened the scoring in the 2-1 win, grabbing his first goal for the U’s in the process.

Despite watching the duo perform well and produce the goods against Ipswich, Robinson reiterated that he wants to sign a striker this month.

He said: “Yanic’s played up front in a two so that was a position we knew he could play and Billy Bodin’s played up front as a nine with Bristol Rovers, so we didn’t see it as that left field.”

Asked whether he feels the club still need a striker, Robinson said: “That’s been a big question we’ve been asking ourselves.

“We have Gats [O’Donkor] in the building, and where we are in the season right now, yes we’re looking for a striker but building and preparing your own is just as exciting.

“He’s in the early stages of his career so I don’t see why that should be a problem.

“We have players and flexibility in the front areas of the football pitch.

“Matty Taylor’s looking as sharp as ever, that bit of a break he’s had has really given him that lease of life and I can’t wait to unleash him.”

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United make the short trip to Adams Park, to face Wycombe Wanderers tonight.

The hosts are just three points above the U’s with both sides experiencing an upturn in form since they met at the beginning of October.

Wanderers’ 1-0 win at the Kassam Stadium lifted them to 15th, and dragged United down to 20th, above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Robinson said: “This is why I don’t get too carried away when we win or too low when we lose because I know you can be caught very quickly and catch very easily.

“They’ve had a good run themselves but we probably should be a few more points better off than where we are, which really would put us in the mix.

“The game’s come at a good time for us.

“The postponement will help them but you can’t really control the uncontrollables.

“I know it’s going to be intense, they’ll want to beat us because it’s their derby as well.”

United’s boss said his side never gave up closing the gap to the play-offs, this evident by the emotions shown after the late goal to beat Ipswich at the weekend.

He said: “I’ve seen the picture of Cameron Brannagan’s goal, the celebration with him and Kyle [Joseph] shows you how much this means to us.

“I don’t think anybody can really question our desire and how much we really want this.”