Wilder: time for Oxford United to produce

Banbury Cake: Chris Wilder is desperate to see his side end a four-game winless run at Plymouth Argle tomorrow to improve their play-off prospects Chris Wilder is desperate to see his side end a four-game winless run at Plymouth Argle tomorrow to improve their play-off prospects

AFTER watching his side fail to convert performances into results in recent games Oxford United manager Chris Wilder urged his side to make it count at Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

United head to Devon on a run of four games without a win, their worst sequence since December.

Their position in the npower League Two play-off places is precarious, with just goal difference keeping Crewe Alexandra at bay.

But the U’s have the comfort of knowing wins in their final three games would claim a place in the play-offs, regardless of results elsewhere.

Wilder has been pleased with the displays, if not the results, during the blip and is calling for his side to combine both elements during a fortnight which will define the entire season.

He said: “We’ve got three big games coming up, there’s no hiding from that and it’s time for everybody to produce a performance and get a big result.

“We’re not chucking it away, we’ve still got a hell of a lot to fight for and as the players have shown me in the last three games we are in decent form.

“We’re not thinking about changing the shape of the team or massively changing the personnel.

“I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with the team at the moment, we just need to make sure we don’t give anything soft away and maybe be a touch more clinical in the final third.”

Tomorrow’s game offers a real opportunity to improve United’s position in the play-off race, with eighth-placed Crewe hosting Cheltenham Town in sixth.

Wilder is more concerned about how the U’s handle their own fixture after admitting the tension affected his side during the goalless draw with rivals Gillingham last Saturday.

There is plenty at stake again tomorrow, with Plymouth knowing a win would ensure they avoid relegation.

“We have to keep our nerve and stick together,” Wilder said.

“The squad, as I’ve always said, is good enough to get a result anywhere and we’ve got to go and prove that now.

“One of my criticisms this season is we’ve not won enough tight games from decent positions.

“We need to do that now in the last three games.”

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3:50pm Fri 20 Apr 12

mike stfc1979 says...

we are going up say we are going up come on you reds good buy poxford hahahahahahahhahahha
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we are going up say we are going up come on you reds good buy poxford hahahahahahahhahahha hahhahahhahahhahahha hhahahhahahahhahhaha hhahahhahahahhahhaha hha mike stfc1979

4:14pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Oxford Male says...

mike stfc1979 wrote:
we are going up say we are going up come on you reds good buy poxford hahahahahahahhahahha

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Well done Mike. You have confirmed a few things here. Intelligence is obviously not your strong point. You must be incredibly stupid to confuse "good buy" with "goodbye". Or is there some kind of deep intellectual wit hidden away that I've missed?
[quote][p][bold]mike stfc1979[/bold] wrote: we are going up say we are going up come on you reds good buy poxford hahahahahahahhahahha hahhahahhahahhahahha hhahahhahahahhahhaha hhahahhahahahhahhaha hha[/p][/quote]Well done Mike. You have confirmed a few things here. Intelligence is obviously not your strong point. You must be incredibly stupid to confuse "good buy" with "goodbye". Or is there some kind of deep intellectual wit hidden away that I've missed? Oxford Male

8:27pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Whitstablexile says...

Good buy mike, you spasticated gurning lollipop
Good buy mike, you spasticated gurning lollipop Whitstablexile

8:39pm Fri 20 Apr 12

oldun says...

In 2001, would you Us fans have believed it would take at least 11years to return to the 3rd tier? I am confident that next season we will be playing the likes of little League One clubs like Scunthorpe, Colchester and Yeovil. You will agree that over half of the clubs in that division are much smaller than United - add to those three the following Bury, Exeter, Leyton, Hartlepool, Oldham, Rochdale, Stevenage, Tranmere, Walsall and Wycombe. All of the others of the 'biggest five' in our division were relegated in the past 5years - Swindon, Rovers, Argyle (all last year) and Bradford . Shrewsbury and Torquay are doing well and 9 of the remaining 17 clubs (including Dagenham) have been there in the past five years . Next year we will be there . Come on you yellows
In 2001, would you Us fans have believed it would take at least 11years to return to the 3rd tier? I am confident that next season we will be playing the likes of little League One clubs like Scunthorpe, Colchester and Yeovil. You will agree that over half of the clubs in that division are much smaller than United - add to those three the following Bury, Exeter, Leyton, Hartlepool, Oldham, Rochdale, Stevenage, Tranmere, Walsall and Wycombe. All of the others of the 'biggest five' in our division were relegated in the past 5years - Swindon, Rovers, Argyle (all last year) and Bradford . Shrewsbury and Torquay are doing well and 9 of the remaining 17 clubs (including Dagenham) have been there in the past five years . Next year we will be there . Come on you yellows oldun

12:58am Sat 21 Apr 12

Ab Boy says...

Where was Mike when Oxford beat them home and away??

You have to be able to take it as well as give it Mike and you have just made yourself look a bigger ****!!!

Be a man like FISH AND CHIPS who gives it out but also takes it back!!!

I am more gutted than most at Swindon winning the league as I bet SHREWSBURY 12-1 at the start of the season!!!!

Hand on heart I think we will get beat 2mrw/today and miss the play-off's
Where was Mike when Oxford beat them home and away?? You have to be able to take it as well as give it Mike and you have just made yourself look a bigger ****!!! Be a man like FISH AND CHIPS who gives it out but also takes it back!!! I am more gutted than most at Swindon winning the league as I bet SHREWSBURY 12-1 at the start of the season!!!! Hand on heart I think we will get beat 2mrw/today and miss the play-off's Ab Boy

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