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  • "If we add the points that Chris Wilder achieved at Northampton (a losing team at the time he took over), to his points tally at Oxford when he left, we see a points total of 76 - equal to Fleetwood, in 4th place.

    It's all very well people saying they are not interested in this, but that makes me worry that we as a fan-base have not learned our lesson in this fiasco.

    The decision not to back Wilder with a new contract was a disastrous one, unless of course you are a Northampton Town fan, in which case 3 defeats in the last 16 matches have saved you from the ignominy of non-league football.

    I would say let's all get behind Gary Waddock next season, but I know I'm wasting my breath. Maybe "let's all attack Gary Waddock next season" would be a more popular call to action? It seems we will never learn, and we will keep asking why does this always happen to us."
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Wilder: The belief has always been there

Chris Wilder in the Northampton dug-out

Chris Wilder in the Northampton dug-out

First published in Headlines Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

CHRIS Wilder said he had never thought about relegation after guiding Northampton Town to safety with a final day win against former employers Oxford United.

The 3-1 win at Sixfields completed the tough task he was set when swapping the U’s for the Cobblers in January.

Many questioned the move to a side six points from safety, but since then he has collected 31 points, while the U’s have picked up just 17 to fall out of promotion contention.

“I’d like to thank the players for their efforts and I’ve never wavered in the belief that they would keep us up,” Wilder said.

“We always kept that belief, the unity in the club from the players to the supporters has been terrific and I’m delighted that (assistant) Alan Knill and I have been able to play a part in that.”

Wilder added: “I have still got a lot of feeling for Oxford.

“You don’t stay that amount of time not to have an affection and affinity for a football club.

“I’m sure they will regroup and go again, but I made a decision and I am delighted with what we have done here.”

Former United winger Chris Hackett has been a part of a rollercoaster season and was full of praise for the way Wilder has revived the club’s fortunes.

He said: “We were pretty down, not quite out but we were in a bad way.

“Chris came in and has got the winning mentality and spirit back in the club and the fans.

“He’s turned it and to get out of the situation we’ve been in has been a mammoth achievement.”

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