Oxford United boss gives side the thumbs-up

Chris Wilder acknowledges the travelling support after his Oxford United side got back to winning ways at Plymouth on Saturday

Chris Wilder acknowledges the travelling support after his Oxford United side got back to winning ways at Plymouth on Saturday

First published in U's News Banbury Cake: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

A DELIGHTED Chris Wilder’s only complaint after Oxford United beat Plymouth Argyle was they had not won more handsomely.

Maximum points were secured by James Constable’s 16th-minute tap-in, only the side’s third goal in six games.

A failure to take chances has been United’s Achilles’ heel during a five-game winless run and again they spurned clear-cut opportunities.

But a single goal was enough to claim a deserved victory, which thrilled Wilder.

He said: “Every win is important, but that was a big three points for us.

“We always felt we were one performance and one result away from going again and we’ve got to make sure we do that.

“Over the last two or three weeks the performances have been OK against some decent sides and we were up against another one.

“I thought we dominated the game, although I would have liked to have scored another couple of goals because I think our play deserved that.

“We looked bright and on the front foot. It was an uncomfortable last 20-25 minutes because we knew the gap should have been bigger than it was.

“You always put pressure on yourself to win, but when you’ve not done that for a few games you have to go looking for it.

“We were bold in our selection again, we were bold in our approach and we got our reward.

“Nothing has changed in the overall process between winning the four games over Christmas and the last few.

“You keep believing.”

United had to make yet another late enforced change to the side, as Alfie Potter succumbed to an illness on Friday night.

Tony Capaldi did not travel due to a similar virus, which meant the visitors could only name six substitutes.

Wilder is optimistic the winger will recover in time for Saturday’s game at home to York City, but praised his replacement Josh Parker, who was already being considered for selection after encouraging performances as a substitute.

“Hopefully Alfie will be available for the next game,” the United boss said.

“In the middle of the night he got taken ill and I got the dreaded (physio) Andy Lord phone call in the morning.

“But we dealt with it and I was delighted with Josh Parker, who I thought was excellent.

“He deserved his chance and he was in our mind to play him in the game anyway.”

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7:08am Tue 19 Feb 13

oldun says...

Three more points are needed on Saturday . We need to win about 9 of our remaining games to secure our play off place (turn around like that of 1995-6 is on the way) COYY . United women bid to reach last 16 in the FA Cup this Sunday - may they progress. COYY
Three more points are needed on Saturday . We need to win about 9 of our remaining games to secure our play off place (turn around like that of 1995-6 is on the way) COYY . United women bid to reach last 16 in the FA Cup this Sunday - may they progress. COYY oldun
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8:53am Wed 20 Feb 13

Manor Born says...

I wouldn't be surprised if Wilder will be heading to Luton within the next week. He surely knows he is on borrowed time here & Luton would be the ideal club for him.
I wouldn't be surprised if Wilder will be heading to Luton within the next week. He surely knows he is on borrowed time here & Luton would be the ideal club for him. Manor Born
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