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Oxford United boss calls for players to prove team spirit
OXFORD United’s players must back up talk of a strong team spirit by showing their true colours at Torquay this Saturday, according to manager Chris Wilder.
The U’s were stunned by a 4-0 home defeat to Rotherham on Tuesday, all the goals coming in a 14-minute spell before half-time.
It halted the momentum gained by victories against the division’s top two – Gillingham and Port Vale – in the previous week.
Skipper Jake Wright praised the belief in the squad after the win at Priestfield, but Wilder thinks the real test comes after the kind of heavy defeat they suffered at the hands of the Millers.
He said: “Players talk about a good team spirit when you win against Port Vale and Gillingham.
“Now is the time for team spirit, now they have got to show what they’re about.
“I think they did, to be fair, in the second half on Tuesday, even though it was a dead rubber – they stuck at it.”
The U’s return to action this weekend, with a visit to a Torquay side who are bottom of the form table after one win from their last 15 games.
Midfielder Andy Whing knows the players have to regroup quickly.
He said: “We’ve got to forget the four goals and look at it as three points gone.
“It’s another big game against a struggling team on Saturday, so we have to put it behind us.
“We’ve had three tough games in a week, there are winnable games ahead of us and hopefully we can go again.”
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