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Oxford boss Wilder wants more from his forwards
While the U’s have averaged nearly three goals a game on their travels this season, a record only beaten by Peterborough in the entire Football League, it has been tougher on home soil.
They have scored five goals in their four Sky Bet League Two games, but the attacking options available to Wilder have improved.
Sean Rigg and Deane Smalley are both sharper following injuries, while Dave Kitson is in contention after sitting out the 3-1 win at Hartlepool United a week ago through suspension.
Wilder said: “I think there is a lot more to come from our front players at home. “We’ve got Riggy back and he’s only started one home game.
“It’s been a little bit stop-start for Deane and Kits as well because they’ve missed games.
“Ryan (Williams) has just come into the team as well, so whatever way we go – the same as Saturday or Dave coming into it – we always expect the forwards to take the limelight.
“They need to start us off, but I’m not putting any pressure on the players. “We want to be consistent and go on another run.
“Southend represents a tough challenge for us, but not one we should be frightened of, and it’s one we should look to get on the front foot, as we have done.”
With skipper Jake Wright injured and Andy Whing suspended, Wilder’s main selection decision is on whether to bring Kitson straight back into the side.
Doing so would push Alfie Potter out to the right flank at the expense of Williams.
But after the on-loan Fulham winger opened the scoring last week, United may stick with an unchanged side and hold Kitson in reserve.
Oxford Utd: from Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Mullins, Newey, Williams, Hall, Rose, Rigg, Potter, Smalley, Kitson, Constable, Marsh, O’Dowda, Ruffels, Davies, Bevans, Crocombe.
Southend Utd: Bentley, White, Phillips, Prosser, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Atkinson, Straker, Corr, Eastwood, Thompson, Woodrow, Timlin, Payne, Smith, Reid, Clifford, Banton.
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