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What a waste, says Oxford United boss
The U’s, who had won their previous two games, fell behind to Marc Richards’s goal after five minutes, but went on to take a firm grip of the game before half-time.
It led to a succession of chances, all of which were not taken due to a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.
A third win in eight days would have taken United to within three points of the npower League Two play-offs.
Boss Wilder admitted they had squandered a golden opportunity to get closer to the top seven and could not believe his side had not wrapped up the game before the interval.
The U’s boss said: “That game should have been put to bed at half-time, and we have got nobody else to blame apart from ourselves for not finishing the chances. “It was totally one-way in the first half and it should have been all over – we have missed a massive opportunity.
“Credit to Chesterfield, they have put some great blocks in and their keeper has made a couple of great saves, but we should take those situations out of the equation.
“It should have been a win and we have chucked three points away because we were wasteful in the final third.”
Wilder was also disappointed with the goal that United conceded, which allowed Chesterfield to sit back for the rest of the game and protect their advantage.
It was the only shot on target for the visitors all afternoon and the United manager felt the manner in which it was taken provided an example to his forwards.
He said: “We didn’t put enough pressure on the ball and Richards is a decent player. He ran off the back of a defender and scored. “He had one chance and scored one goal, it seems that we need ten chances to score one goal and we’ve not even done that. “That’s hurt us and has let us down. “There were no problems with the organisation, the play, the character and enthusiasm or the shape, but if you don’t score you don’t win games.”