Wilder calls for bravery from Oxford United

Josh Parker is halted against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday

Josh Parker is halted against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday

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

COURAGE is the key attribute Chris Wilder is looking for from his Oxford United players tomorrow as they look to snap out of a slump in form.

The U’s head to Plymouth Argyle in search of a first win since the memorable 2-1 success at Bradford City six games ago.

Belief has slowly ebbed away from the side during the run, to the point where several players looked mentally jaded in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

The loss of experienced players Ryan Clarke, Michael Duberry, Peter Leven and Justin Richards to injury has not helped, but with all four ruled out United have no option but to continue with the same squad.

Wilder knows a change in form could rest on one moment of inspiration or good fortune and the United boss is urging his players to stand up and meet the challenge.

“We’re just looking for a spark,” he said.

“The boys have got to be positive, when they get out on the pitch they are told to get on the front foot and they have to show that – whether that’s taking a shot when they’re not feeling well set.

“The message will be go and be bold and brave.

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“We will be with our selection and our attitude will be that we want to go and win – these players have got ability.

“It does seem a bit of déjà vu with what we had at the start of the season with senior players out.

“But the others to show that courage because it will take just one little thing to get us going, which helps with the performance, which leads to a result.

“Then you’re off and running with a third of the season to go.”

The barren run has seen United squander the momentum gained by a four-game winning streak during the festive period.

But Wilder, who has guided United through tough spells before, is confident of finding a way out of trouble.

He said: “We need to affect it now, as we did at Christmas.

“I’ve been through challenges right the way through my playing career and during my time as a manager and I’ve come out through the other side.

“I’m not expecting anything else from myself, my staff and my players.”

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11:10am Fri 15 Feb 13

Manor Born says...

Wish our chairman would be bold and get rid of this failing manager.
Wish our chairman would be bold and get rid of this failing manager. Manor Born
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11:34am Fri 15 Feb 13

Open your eyes says...

The word Deja-vu.....yes Chris.....it's all very deja-vu. You wittering on about injuries again to mask the rubbish which is served up and the hundreds of fans being driven away

No surprise that we are talking about coming to the end of his stint here either, the sooner the better now.
The word Deja-vu.....yes Chris.....it's all very deja-vu. You wittering on about injuries again to mask the rubbish which is served up and the hundreds of fans being driven away No surprise that we are talking about coming to the end of his stint here either, the sooner the better now. Open your eyes
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3:37pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Inkpot says...

He's looking for courage ???????????

We've turned into a team of ****.............
.can't pass, can't shoot, can't defend, can't tackle.

The season is turning into a nightmare from which we may not wake up!!!!!
He's looking for courage ??????????? We've turned into a team of ****............. .can't pass, can't shoot, can't defend, can't tackle. The season is turning into a nightmare from which we may not wake up!!!!! Inkpot
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8:47pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

What happened to the creative midfielder Lenaghan said we would be signing over a week ago ? We badly need him and strikers capable of scoring goals and defenders who make less mistakes than our players do. If you go from back to front there isn't a single player available for selection that inspires confidence that he may be the one to change things for the better.
What happened to the creative midfielder Lenaghan said we would be signing over a week ago ? We badly need him and strikers capable of scoring goals and defenders who make less mistakes than our players do. If you go from back to front there isn't a single player available for selection that inspires confidence that he may be the one to change things for the better. Richard Wickson
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