Oxford United boss praises side's attitude despite draw

Oxford's players celebrate Adam Chapman's goal

Oxford's players celebrate Adam Chapman's goal

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CHRIS Wilder was loath to criticise a flat performance from Oxford United on Saturday and instead praised the squad’s attitude in difficult circumstances, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

The U’s were never able to get out of second gear, but there were significant factors in mitigation, most notably the tributes to Mitchell Cole.

Wilder felt given the situation, the squad deserved the benefit of the doubt.

He said: “You always hope they will be nice and lively, but from the off it was a tough day for us. “It’s been a tough week and I think people should cut us a little bit of slack – they’re human beings.

“There was a lot of endeavour, but there wasn’t any energy or flow in our play at all.”

The U’s boss admitted he could spend a couple of hours analysing what went wrong in the display.

But with several players also appearing while not fully fit, he praised their commitment for not taking the easy way out.

“I’ve got no complaints with the result, I’ve got no complaints with the players’ attitude and effort,” Wilder said.

“I could sit here and talk about certain things – about Liam (Davis) and Damian (Batt) chucking themselves back in, about Raynesy (Michael Raynes) not training for two days, Tommy (Craddock) putting his hand up to play.

“I’ve been involved with players at other clubs who wouldn’t have played. “I had to drag Alfie (Potter) off because I knew if he played on for another 25 minutes I might lose him for ten days with his ankle.

“The players put themselves on offer and I’d much rather have that than have players who want to sit in the stands.”

There was some consolation after the game, in the form of encouraging news on injuries to Jon-Paul Pittman (shoulder) and Andy Whing (knee and ankle).

It was feared both may need surgery which could have ruled them out for the rest of the season, but the diagnosis is much brighter.

Wilder said: “We’re hoping JP is four to six weeks, and six weeks with Whingy, which is really good news. There’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel on that.”

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11:42am Mon 10 Dec 12

BigAlBiker says...

CW has been banging on about injuries and bad luck since April earlier this year, basic fact is he has a group of players who are not good enough, we have a midfield who are slow and cumbersom, they get outrun every time by four/five of the opposition and they (apart from Accrington) produce nothing for the strikers who i feel sorry for. His tactics are next to useless and he has to go, there must be someone with more intelligence about this league wanting to work for a great well supported club. IL get your finger out and do us all a favour.
CW has been banging on about injuries and bad luck since April earlier this year, basic fact is he has a group of players who are not good enough, we have a midfield who are slow and cumbersom, they get outrun every time by four/five of the opposition and they (apart from Accrington) produce nothing for the strikers who i feel sorry for. His tactics are next to useless and he has to go, there must be someone with more intelligence about this league wanting to work for a great well supported club. IL get your finger out and do us all a favour. BigAlBiker
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12:03pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Open your eyes says...

I could talk about putting in Worley and Cox and using a fully fit Left-Back in O'Brien instead of playing injured and unfit players like Raynes, Davis and Chapman.

You made some horrendous calls at the weekend and it cost us. Let alone throwing Tommy Craddock back into it.
I could talk about putting in Worley and Cox and using a fully fit Left-Back in O'Brien instead of playing injured and unfit players like Raynes, Davis and Chapman. You made some horrendous calls at the weekend and it cost us. Let alone throwing Tommy Craddock back into it. Open your eyes
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4:25pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Headington Jim says...

The problem is we have had to many "flat peformances" this seaon for any excuse to be credible. We have a group of players who are quite good but we seem unable to get a team performance from.
This game should have been another straight forward win and three points. Yet it was another two points dropped and felt like a loss to me.
The problem is we have had to many "flat peformances" this seaon for any excuse to be credible. We have a group of players who are quite good but we seem unable to get a team performance from. This game should have been another straight forward win and three points. Yet it was another two points dropped and felt like a loss to me. Headington Jim
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5:20pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Doctor69 says...

Another awful home performance followed by more excuses. Wilder, why not hold your hands up and just admit, we are are poor outfit in a poor league 2? Maybe then you might get a bit of respect?!
Another awful home performance followed by more excuses. Wilder, why not hold your hands up and just admit, we are are poor outfit in a poor league 2? Maybe then you might get a bit of respect?! Doctor69
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7:58pm Mon 10 Dec 12

A Scroat says...

I agree with you all. How the hell can you praise boring ineptitude and make it sound like we were hard done by. Go now.
I agree with you all. How the hell can you praise boring ineptitude and make it sound like we were hard done by. Go now. A Scroat
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