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Wilder rues Oxford United's bad luck
CHRIS Wilder rued Oxford United’s luck as they came within a whisker of clinching all three points in stoppage time at Barnet last night.
With the score at 2-2 and the final whistle looming, Johnny Mullins saw a firm header strike one post, roll along the goal line, hit the other upright and bounce clear.
Manager Wilder felt after a run of decisions going against his side in recent games they were due some good fortune, but had to settle for a point.
He said: “We’ve dominated teams and things like that have gone against us.
“You just thought that maybe we were due a touch of luck, but it’s come off both posts and fallen into the keeper’s hands as two boys were rushing to tap it in.
“It would have been fantastic if we had scored, but it is what it is – a draw away from home and we have to go on now.”
It would have been a worthy reward for the visitors, who had come from behind to lead thanks to goals from Sean Rigg and Andy Whing.
They were pegged back when Jake Hyde grabbed his second of the night, but both sides produced a committed display in difficult conditions at Underhill.
Wilder said: “We’ve played a lot better than that and I’m not hiding from the fact that we weren’t great in terms of our performance, but we showed other good qualities in our game.
“We’ve got a result, I’m not jumping about it, saying it’s the best result we’ve had all season, but it’s a result and we move forward.”
Whing’s goal was particularly noteworthy, as it was his first for the club and only the fifth in his career.
The full back looked unsure how to celebrate his second-half header, before being mobbed by delighted teammates.
“He’s not prolific, is he?,” Wilder said.
“But it was a popular goal for a popular player.”