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Oxford United skipper: 'We were rubbish'
JAKE Wright did not pull any punches after Oxford United’s 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town on Saturday, describing the performance as “rubbish”.
The U’s were second best for the opening hour, by which time the Cod Army had taken advantage of defensive errors to lead 2-0.
A late rally from the visitors failed to yield any clear-cut chances and salt was rubbed into the wounds with a third goal late on.
It ended Oxford’s four-game winning run in npower League Two – and Wright had no complaints about the result.
“We gave away some sloppy goals – let’s not beat around the bush, we weren’t good enough. We were rubbish,” United’s skipper said.
“It happens in football sometimes when you can’t really put your finger on it, but they turned up and were better than us.
“We deserved nothing from the game.
“Obviously the first goal was a bit of a freak one, but it happens and after that you have to roll your sleeves up and go again and I don’t think we really did that.
“We had a little go in the second half, but we didn’t really get going.”
The defeat halted United’s eight-match unbeaten league run, which had turned their season around and saw them on the fringe of the play-offs.
There is an opportunity to put Saturday’s performance behind them, when play-off rivals Burton Albion visit the Kassam Stadium tomorrow night.
Wright believes the form the U’s had been in means they are far better placed to bounce straight back, compared to the previous meeting with the Brewers.
He said: “I think it was a massive game anyway because of where they are in the league.
“We owe them one after they stuffed us 4-0 at their place.
“That was in that tough time in September when we weren’t going well.
“If this result had come then, it would have been hard to take because we’d be looking round saying ‘where do we go from here?’ “We need to put it right on Tuesday, but we know we can go again and beat the teams that are above us.
“We’ve done it in the last few games and there’s no reason why we can’t get three points on Tuesday night.”