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Oxford United's wide boys delight Wilder
CHRIS Wilder wants more of the same from his lively pair of wingers after Sean Rigg and Alfie Potter played key roles in the Boxing Day victory at Exeter City.
Rigg in particular was outstanding, giving his marker Scot Bennett a torrid time in the first half.
The 24-year-old beat the defender almost every time he received the ball.
On the other flank Alfie Potter was also a threat as the U’s chalked up an impressive 3-1 win.
The duo were central to Wilder’s strategy at St James’ Park and the United boss has challenged them to repeat the display – starting tomorrow at AFC Wimbledon, who have the second worst defence in the division.
He said: “We had a plan to exploit Exeter out wide and I thought we did that with Alfie and Riggy.
“We were disappointed with our front four at Morecambe last time out (a 1-1 draw), because we feel when they’re like that (at Exeter), they can cause teams all sorts of problems.
“They did at Wycombe (a 3-1 win) and I think they really did it against Exeter, they really pushed the opposition back.
“We just needed to keep getting the ball to them, not to change the script.
“That was our game plan, to get it wide and keep overlapping to keep putting crosses in.
“Sometimes it leaves you a little short in other areas, they might have had a little bit more time on the ball in the middle, but we got the better of that battle.”
Wednesday’s win was only United’s third on the road in npower League Two this season.
They will fancy their chances of another away success against a struggling AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.
“We’ve not won enough away games, Wilder said.
“I don’t think it’s been down to a situation where we’ve not tried to win away games.
“I think we’ve been really positive in our approach – maybe at times a little bit too positive at Chesterfield and other places.
“I don’t think we’ve ever parked the bus, apart from the last five minutes to see a game out.
“It’s the other way around, when I’ve got Damian (Batt) and Tony (Capaldi) overlapping when we’re 3-0 up and we don’t really need to.”