Chris Wilder says he will not change the philosophy of his attack-minded Oxford United team, who keep going for wins at home and away.

And they will be doing exactly the same at the Kassam Stadium tonight against fourth-placed Shrewsbury.

The U’s, tenth in npower League Two, have gone 16 games without a draw, the longest sequence in England and Scotland.

And some have questioned whether they might not be better off, especially on their travels, trying to grind out a draw.

Yet with three points for a win, United have made good progress over the last two months, and their manager sees no reason to change.

“A lot has been talked about not drawing games, but I think we are a team at the moment that goes for wins,” he said.

“We smell wins on the road, and at home. And I’ve got to take it on the chin that it sometimes leaves us a little bit open for the counter-attack.

“But we’re not interested in draws, we’re interested in wins.”

The Shrews, managed by the experienced Graham Turner, have reached the play-off final in two of the last four seasons.

And Wilder makes them favourites this evening.

He said: “We understand it’s one of the games of the season for us, one where we go into it definitely as underdogs, but we’re in decent nick.”

Both Paul McLaren and Harry Worley, who collected knocks in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Northampton, are fit to continue, and Alfie Potter has recovered from a shoulder injury and looks set to be on the bench.

Wilder believes the Oxford Mail demonstrated how unfortunate the U’s were to lose at Northampton on Saturday.

“I thought it was a fantastic picture on the back page showing James Constable clearly having his shirt pulled,” he said.

“The linesman made the correct decision for the offside goal.

“I just thought that with the criticism of the home supporters behind him for that, he was never strong enough to give the decision at the end because it was a definite penalty.”

Constable faces his old club for the first time since they let him go, to join Oxford.

“I enjoyed my time there,” he said. “We’ll pick ourselves up from Saturday, when we were disappointed because we played well enough to get at least a draw.”

Shrewsbury, unbeaten in three games, will have promising young striker James Collins up front, having completed a permanent move from Aston Villa last week.

Oxford Utd: (from) Clarke, Batt, Worley, Wright, Tonkin, Hall, McLaren, Clist, Maclean, Constable, Craddock, Midson, Sangare, Deering, Eastwood, Green, Potter, Payne, Purkiss, Kinniburgh, Gaughan.

Shrewsbury Tn: (from) Smith, Grandison, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, Sadler, Wright, McIntyre, Disley, Leslie, Collins, Bradshaw, McAllister, Harrold, Robinson, Holden, Goldson, Ainsworth, C Neal.