This is Des Buckingham's latest column written exclusively for the Oxford Mail.

We travel to Peterborough United this afternoon for what will be one of our toughest away games of the season.

Peterborough are a good side who have been in great form at home, but against that, we have been in excellent form away ourselves so it sets things up nicely and I hope produces an entertaining game.

It’s important that we keep things going after two good cup wins this week. The first came against Grimsby in the FA Cup last Saturday.

We were playing a side from the division below and with a new manager in charge and fought for everything.

I thought they looked a decent side and created a couple of chances in the second half which we dealt with but I also felt like we had control of the game.

You can never truly relax: one wonder strike or one slip and everything changes but we kept our concentration well and saw it through to earn a trip to Coventry in January.

The roles will be reversed and we’ll be the underdogs for that one but it’s not far for fans to travel and we’ll be the ones going there looking to cause an upset.

It was cold at the Kassam on Saturday but still about ten degrees warmer than it felt up that hill at Forest Green on Tuesday!

I want to thank the 147 away fans who came to see us get through in the EFL Trophy. I could see you shivering and trying to keep warm and your support means a lot to us.

Making nine changes to the starting line-up gave an opportunity for me to look at those players who I haven’t yet seen too much of against a full-strength Forest Green side.

We made it through to the next round and those minutes gained will be vitally important for our upcoming games throughout December.

It’s not easy to just step into the team and get up to speed immediately, especially for those who may not have played for three or four weeks but I thought the attitude was very good.

We have a lot of football coming up and Tuesday helped in a couple of ways: one or two players got a bit of a rest, one or two got minutes on the pitch.

All of them will have a part to play in the next few weeks and the togetherness and team spirit is really strong. Let’s go and show that at Peterborough this afternoon.

One thing that maybe went unnoticed on Tuesday was an excellent performance from Simon Eastwood in goal.

He helped us keep a third clean sheet in a row and it’s fantastic to have such an experienced player around the place and there to offer any help that James Beadle might need.

I’m sure that James will tell you himself what a good role-model Simon is.

That goalkeeping position is a crucial one for any successful team.

They are two pretty laid back characters but don’t let that fool you- it takes real determination to get to the levels they have both reached.

We are very fortunate to have two excellent keepers pushing each other and making sure we are in very safe hands.