Wilder: Don't waste it now

Banbury Cake: Sean Rigg returns to the starting line-up for the U’s against Southend tonight after appearing as a substitute in Saturday’s FA Cup tie Sean Rigg returns to the starting line-up for the U’s against Southend tonight after appearing as a substitute in Saturday’s FA Cup tie

Chris Wilder has urged Oxford United’s players and fans to seize the opportunity as they attempt to take a big step closer to Wembley tonight.

Southend United visit the Kassam Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern semi-finals.

The winners will go through to the two-legged area final next month – the final hurdle before the showpiece at Wembley in April.

Wins over Swindon, Cheltenham and Plymouth have ensured this is already United’s best season in the competition.

But with a rare chance to play at the national stadium on the horizon, Wilder is determined to make the most of it.

“It’s going to be a tight tie, but one we can certainly win,” United’s manager said. “It’s a massive opportunity for the players and the supporters.

“We’ve worked hard to get through some difficult ties and we’ll have to do it again, but it really is game on for us and we have to grab this chance.”

The prospect of three games in eight days may be too much for the fit-again Michael Duberry and, with one eye on Saturday’s league trip to Bradford, Michael Raynes could be preferred to the veteran at centre half.

Sean Rigg will definitely start after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United.

The winger may be asked to play in a role just behind top scorer Tom Craddock, with James Constable suspended, and Justin Richards, who started against the Blades, cup-tied.

Fellow new signing Lewis Montrose is also unavailable, but fit-again Liam Davis is back in contention.

Southend lost their league game here 2-0 in August, but had won their previous six meetings with the U’s, including a third-round tie in this competition last season.

United midfielder Simon Heslop feels a desire to make up for past setbacks, along with thoughts of reaching the final, will act as powerful incentives.

He said: “We shouldn’t have any problems motivating ourselves. We know all about Southend – they’ve had a few wins against us in the past, so that will drive us on.”

Southend striker Britt Assombalonga will have a late fitness test after missing Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Brentford in the FA Cup.

Oxford Utd: from Clarke, Batt, Raynes, Wright, O’Brien, Potter, Heslop, Leven, Capaldi, Rigg, Craddock, Davis, Duberry, Worley, Parker, Marsh.

Southend Utd: from Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Phillips, Prosser, Woodyard, Hurst, Martin, Timlin, Tomlin, Assombalonga, Corr, Benyon, Eastwood, Straker, Bentley, Spicer, Barker.

OXFORD United’s League Two fixture against Fleetwood, postponed before Christmas because of waterlogging at the Kassam Stadium, has been re-arranged for Tuesday, February 12.

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10:57am Tue 8 Jan 13

BigOx22 says...

Please please please play Worley instead of that lanky streak of pi55 Raynes! We can win today if we play to the best of our ability.
Please please please play Worley instead of that lanky streak of pi55 Raynes! We can win today if we play to the best of our ability. BigOx22

3:30pm Tue 8 Jan 13

oldun says...

no heslop - please , CW
no heslop - please , CW oldun

4:06pm Tue 8 Jan 13

dorsetyellows says...

Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY
Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY dorsetyellows

4:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

oldun says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY
Even that Heslop - no thanks
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY[/p][/quote]Even that Heslop - no thanks oldun

10:28pm Tue 8 Jan 13

mikek says...

oldun wrote:
dorsetyellows wrote:
Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY
Even that Heslop - no thanks
Dream on yellow warriors your Wembley appointment is over and trust ex Town players Timlin and Benyon to end it for you poor success starved fans. Well done ex Town manager Paul Sturrock you have done STFC fans proud I may even pop up to Wembley to give them a cheer. Ha Ha Ha
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY[/p][/quote]Even that Heslop - no thanks[/p][/quote]Dream on yellow warriors your Wembley appointment is over and trust ex Town players Timlin and Benyon to end it for you poor success starved fans. Well done ex Town manager Paul Sturrock you have done STFC fans proud I may even pop up to Wembley to give them a cheer. Ha Ha Ha mikek

1:20pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Doctor69 says...

mikek wrote:
oldun wrote:
dorsetyellows wrote:
Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY
Even that Heslop - no thanks
Dream on yellow warriors your Wembley appointment is over and trust ex Town players Timlin and Benyon to end it for you poor success starved fans. Well done ex Town manager Paul Sturrock you have done STFC fans proud I may even pop up to Wembley to give them a cheer. Ha Ha Ha
It must hurt that those ex boys can do a job at the Kassam, but your current lot can't? Why else would you keep posting on the Oxford site?
[quote][p][bold]mikek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY[/p][/quote]Even that Heslop - no thanks[/p][/quote]Dream on yellow warriors your Wembley appointment is over and trust ex Town players Timlin and Benyon to end it for you poor success starved fans. Well done ex Town manager Paul Sturrock you have done STFC fans proud I may even pop up to Wembley to give them a cheer. Ha Ha Ha[/p][/quote]It must hurt that those ex boys can do a job at the Kassam, but your current lot can't? Why else would you keep posting on the Oxford site? Doctor69

7:51pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

mikek wrote:
oldun wrote:
dorsetyellows wrote:
Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY
Even that Heslop - no thanks
Dream on yellow warriors your Wembley appointment is over and trust ex Town players Timlin and Benyon to end it for you poor success starved fans. Well done ex Town manager Paul Sturrock you have done STFC fans proud I may even pop up to Wembley to give them a cheer. Ha Ha Ha
Don't forget Barry Corr as well Mikek
[quote][p][bold]mikek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: Lets hope it's the Heslop from 2 seasons ago , cannot make it up tonight have pencilled in the dates for the semi- final already , positive thinking , COYY[/p][/quote]Even that Heslop - no thanks[/p][/quote]Dream on yellow warriors your Wembley appointment is over and trust ex Town players Timlin and Benyon to end it for you poor success starved fans. Well done ex Town manager Paul Sturrock you have done STFC fans proud I may even pop up to Wembley to give them a cheer. Ha Ha Ha[/p][/quote]Don't forget Barry Corr as well Mikek Chish and Fips

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