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Oxford United boss says side got what they deserved
9:30am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Headlines
CHRIS Wilder criticised Oxford United’s self-belief as they lost in the league for the first time this season.
Ritchie Humphreys scored the only goal of the game at the Kassam Stadium to give Chesterfield a seventh win in eight Sky Bet League Two games.
Wilder said before the game his side would not be intimidated by their opponents, but the United boss was unhappy with a timid performance.
He said: “I didn’t think we ever got a foothold in the game or asked enough questions.
“I don’t think we put enough pressure on players or anticipated, it was all a reaction.
“I thought it summed us up when in the dying seconds Kits (Dave Kitson) pulled away and won a great header. It was a tap-in for somebody, but everyone was on the back foot.
“The support and atmosphere around the place was terrific, but I don’t think we deserved to get anything out of the game.
“We didn’t have a spark and a belief about our play.”
The big talking point was a straight red card for Andy Whing following a mis-timed tackle on Eoin Doyle midway through the second half.
Wilder did not feel the U’s were going to get back into the game with 11 men.
But he argued referee Trevor Kettle had got the decision wrong, especially as it came just after Chesterfield’s Sam Morsy had only been warned for a rash tackle on Dave Kitson.
“I think the tackle (Morsy’s) in the middle of the park was just as bad, if not worse than Andy’s,” he said.
“I didn’t think Andy’s was a red card and I have lost an important player.
“I thought the boy skipped past him, but Whingy doesn’t go out to do people and he didn’t lift his feet off the ground.
“It was a sliding tackle and just caught him late.
“I thought the referee made a really quick decision on it, aided by a lot of opposition players running towards him.
“I think he should have taken a moment out of it and made the correct decision, which would have been a yellow.”
He added: “I spoke to the referee afterwards and he said he thought the severity and impact and the aggressiveness of the challenge deserved the red card.
“I said about Morsy and that I didn’t think it added up.”
Whing was again deputising as captain with regular skipper Jake Wright sidelined through injury.
Wilder confirmed during the midfielder’s three-game ban Johnny Mullins, who took the armband for the final 20 minutes, will continue as interim skipper.
He said: “John has been superb and was a shining light for us.”