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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9:31am Mon 16 Dec 13

oldun says...

Well done United - top 3 (great)

Hi, Mr Happy

Fine goals from James and Dave . Some other very good performances

What matters is that we are in the top3 at the end of the season

(we must avoid that playoff lottery) .


Such an appallingly low turnout of home fans

(even allowing for Christmas shopping and there being two home matches in the following 16 days)

Why so pathetically low?
Well done United - top 3 (great) Hi, Mr Happy Fine goals from James and Dave . Some other very good performances What matters is that we are in the top3 at the end of the season (we must avoid that playoff lottery) . Such an appallingly low turnout of home fans (even allowing for Christmas shopping and there being two home matches in the following 16 days) Why so pathetically low? oldun

10:15am Mon 16 Dec 13

BigOx22 says...

oldun wrote:
Well done United - top 3 (great)

Hi, Mr Happy

Fine goals from James and Dave . Some other very good performances

What matters is that we are in the top3 at the end of the season

(we must avoid that playoff lottery) .


Such an appallingly low turnout of home fans

(even allowing for Christmas shopping and there being two home matches in the following 16 days)

Why so pathetically low?
They are all waiting til the end of the season so they can crawl out the woodwork again to join to promotion party. It's happens every time. How can we take 30,000+ to Wembley but struggle to get 6,000 at home when we are top of the league! Typical Oxford fans if you can call them that, don't care about the club unless they win promotion or we are playing the scum.

COYY
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Well done United - top 3 (great) Hi, Mr Happy Fine goals from James and Dave . Some other very good performances What matters is that we are in the top3 at the end of the season (we must avoid that playoff lottery) . Such an appallingly low turnout of home fans (even allowing for Christmas shopping and there being two home matches in the following 16 days) Why so pathetically low?[/p][/quote]They are all waiting til the end of the season so they can crawl out the woodwork again to join to promotion party. It's happens every time. How can we take 30,000+ to Wembley but struggle to get 6,000 at home when we are top of the league! Typical Oxford fans if you can call them that, don't care about the club unless they win promotion or we are playing the scum. COYY BigOx22

10:25am Mon 16 Dec 13

oldun says...

BigOx22 wrote:
oldun wrote:
Well done United - top 3 (great)

Hi, Mr Happy

Fine goals from James and Dave . Some other very good performances

What matters is that we are in the top3 at the end of the season

(we must avoid that playoff lottery) .


Such an appallingly low turnout of home fans

(even allowing for Christmas shopping and there being two home matches in the following 16 days)

Why so pathetically low?
They are all waiting til the end of the season so they can crawl out the woodwork again to join to promotion party. It's happens every time. How can we take 30,000+ to Wembley but struggle to get 6,000 at home when we are top of the league! Typical Oxford fans if you can call them that, don't care about the club unless they win promotion or we are playing the scum.

COYY
Massive fall since 2010-11 (when we did not play our main rivals) and 2011-12 (when we did)

7 ,415 average attendance 2010-11

7,615 average attendance 2011-12

Very worrying

Why the massive fall in such a short time?
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Well done United - top 3 (great) Hi, Mr Happy Fine goals from James and Dave . Some other very good performances What matters is that we are in the top3 at the end of the season (we must avoid that playoff lottery) . Such an appallingly low turnout of home fans (even allowing for Christmas shopping and there being two home matches in the following 16 days) Why so pathetically low?[/p][/quote]They are all waiting til the end of the season so they can crawl out the woodwork again to join to promotion party. It's happens every time. How can we take 30,000+ to Wembley but struggle to get 6,000 at home when we are top of the league! Typical Oxford fans if you can call them that, don't care about the club unless they win promotion or we are playing the scum. COYY[/p][/quote]Massive fall since 2010-11 (when we did not play our main rivals) and 2011-12 (when we did) 7 ,415 average attendance 2010-11 7,615 average attendance 2011-12 Very worrying Why the massive fall in such a short time? oldun

5:05pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Richard Wickson says...

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!
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! Richard Wickson

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