9:00am Saturday 24th August 2013
By David Pritchard
Andy Whing admits being top of the league has given Oxford United’s players an added buzz which they have no intention of giving up against neighbours Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.
Victories in the opening three games, scoring nine goals in the process, make the U’s the fastest starters in Sky Bet League Two.
They are favourites to extend the 100 per cent record against a Wycombe side who have lost their last two games.
It may only be the fourth league fixture of the campaign, but Whing acknowledged the U’s felt a boost from leading the division.
“Of course you do, you want to be top of the pile whenever it is in the season,” he said.
“There’s a great feeling around the place and to be fair there was before the first game.
“It is very strange, it’s completely different to what we’ve had in the last couple of years and hopefully we can take that forward.”
He added: “We’ve worked hard to win the last three games and we’re not going to give it up easily, especially in a local derby where they are going to be bringing a lot of fans and will be fired up.”
Clashes with the Chairboys may not match up to the derbies with arch rivals Swindon Town, but with just 30 miles separating the clubs, it normally means a healthy away contingent.
United estimate the crowd will be in excess of 7,000 this afternoon and manager Chris Wilder is looking forward to a noisy encounter.
He said: “I don’t think it’s anywhere near what Swindon games mean to the supporters, but it does represent a decent atmosphere. “We all like to play in front of decent crowds with good away following. “Credit to Wycombe, they’ll bring a decent away following up the road, as we always take to them. “That makes it a more attractive game for everybody to be involved in.”
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