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  • "Attendances are a worry but a lot of the negative fans are obviously not going because the atmosphere during matches has improved somewhat. I am a great believer in positivity and despite what a lot think of me on here am positive I want this club to rise above this Division 4 and be capable of staying in the top half of Division 3 before becoming a reasonable Division 2 team. We will, almost certainly in my lifetime, never again be a top flight side but who cares, we just want a successful and entertaining side. Wilder is right that neither the players or fans get carried away, feet need to be kept on the ground, although Beano can lift both off occasionally if he's to repeat Saturdays effort. We do need to kill off teams earlier though to both breed confidence and raise the attendance, both can happen!"
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We will stay grounded says Oxford United boss

Oxford Mail: Chris Wilder on Saturday Chris Wilder on Saturday

CHRIS Wilder praised Oxford United for the way they responded to a setback, but felt no-one would be looking too far ahead after a stoppage time winner kept them top of the league.

Dave Kitson’s header secured a 2-1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge to send the fans home happy at the Kassam Stadium.

It preserved their place one point clear of the chasing pack in Sky Bet League Two, where they have lost just once in the last ten games.

But ahead of a busy festive programme Wilder is keeping everyone’s feet on the ground.

He said: “We don’t get carried away and there is a long way to go.

“We know there will be setbacks along the way, but you are in it to win it. We need to be in the race come January and this has done us no harm at all.”

United made a flying start and took the lead through James Constable, but were unable to add to their tally and Rhys Murphy’s chipped equaliser put the victory in doubt.

Wilder was pleased to see his side shrug off the goal to hit back and take all three points, although the manner of Dagenham’s goal disappointed the United boss.

“It was self-inflicted,” he said.

“The lad has had a swing at it and he will take credit for that, but there are 40 seconds to go before the end of the half and we take a short free-kick and gave it back to them. It should have been put in the corner.

“It’s about doing the right things at the right time and, to be fair, in the first half we had done that, so that was disappointing.

“I had a bark at them for 30 seconds and we reminded them how well they had done in the first half and how we needed to go again.

“The sign of a good player and a good team is how they react to mistakes.

“They made one, they held their hands up and they went again. I think we fully deserved the result, even though it was late in the day.”

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