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Oxford United's gamble pays off as Worley proves the hero
CHRIS Wilder was delighted to see his Plan B come off as Oxford United hit back late on to grab a point at Morecambe on Saturday.
The visitors’ Plan A almost worked, but despite dominating the opening 25 minutes they could not find a breakthrough in the npower League two clash.
Tom Craddock had the best chance, but his shot could only find the goalkeeper’s legs.
James Constable, Alfie Potter and Sean Rigg all missed the target when opportunities fell their way.
United were staring at a defeat when Morecambe took the lead 12 minutes from time.
But Wilder, who has been accused by his critics of lacking alternave strategies, responded.
Defender Harry Worley was brought on as a striker and within five minutes bagged an equaliser.
The United boss said: “Possibly I can be a little bit critical of my forwards, really they should have gone and won the game for us. “But Alfie showed a bit of quality to put a great cross in and it was a great finish (from Harry).
“We have to have plans. Some people might not think we do, but whether we’re up or down in a game we need to have different ideas. “We’ve talked to Harry and they all do a bit of finishing on away trips, so we’ve had that plan for quite a while.”
The centre back missed the start of the season with an ankle injury, but even since regaining fitness, has found himself down the pecking order.
The 24-year-old has had just 15 minutes of first-team action in two months and with Michael Duberry on the verge of a comeback his chances look set to become even more limited.
Wilder praised the approach of Worley, who declined requests for interviews after the game, but did not make any assurances over his position at United.
He said: “It’s been a bit of a difficult time for Harry, but he’s not sulked, he’s got on with it. “If his future lies here or elsewhere he’ll earn a living in the game because of his attitude and what he showed out there. “I think that’s generally the attitude of everybody in the squad.
“When they get an opportunity to play, they want to play well for themselves, for their teammates and the club, regardless if they feel they’re bang in their manager’s plans or not.”
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