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We had a really bad day - Oxford United boss
CHRIS Wilder urged for some perspective as Oxford United’s good run came to an end with a heavy defeat at Fleetwood Town, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.
The visitors looked a shadow of the side which had climbed to the top of npower League Two’s form table on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run as they went down 3-0 at Highbury.
Although it was a disappointing afternoon, United stayed in the top half of the table ahead of tomorrow’s game at home to Burton Albion.
Wilder expects criticism for Saturday’s result, but urged for some perspective after a first league defeat in more than two months.
The United manager said: “There will be doom and gloom merchants out there having a right bash at everybody – me and the players – but we’ve got to answer them on the pitch.
“We have done that, winning four games on the bounce (before Fleetwood) is not bad going.
“We’re still in the mix, I think we’re seven points off third and that’s still a target for us.
“We can’t get away from it, we’ve had a really bad day, but it doesn’t turn into a disaster overnight.”
Although the visitors lacked an attacking threat, their chances of taking something out of the game were undermined by errors at the other end of the pitch.
The U’s had gifted Bradford City a goal in their previous game, but had come back to win.
They were unable to repeat the feat on Saturday and Wilder was unhappy with the ease at which Fleetwood took their goals.
He said: “We’re having to create and open teams up all the time and they haven’t (needed to).
“We have to defend better, it’s individual mistakes.
“You can say we were a bit unfortunate, but we got ourselves into a poor position on the first one and the second one is just a routine clearance.
“If that second goal doesn’t go in then we would have gone into the last 25 minutes on the front foot.
“We should have got something out of the game, even though I don’t think we were anywhere near the standards that we had been at for the last four games.”