Wilder eyes final home boost for Oxford United

Herald Series: Oxford United boss Chris Wilder  Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Oxford United boss Chris Wilder Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

IT IS often said home advantage counts for a goal headstart, but the Kassam Stadium has been anything but a fortress for Oxford United this season.

The fixture list for the penultimate weekend of the season is packed with exciting clashes as clubs fight for points to go up, or stop themselves from going down.

But the final home game of the season for the U’s has little riding on it – chiefly because of their previous results at the Kassam.

The home fans have seen as many defeats – eight – as victories this season.

Instead, most of their best moments have come on the road.

The pattern is especially marked over the second half of the campaign, when a deteriorating playing surface has not helped.

While United have enjoyed an away record which rivals the best in npower League Two, they have won just three of their last 11 home games, scoring only seven goals.

U’s boss Chris Wilder is hoping to finish on a high for the home fans, but admits it has been their Achilles heel.

He said: “The away record has been pretty positive, especially since Christmas when we’ve had some fantastic performances and results on the road.

“But really we’ve not backed that up at home, so even though we only find ourselves two wins outside of it with everything that’s gone off, certainly the home record has not been strong enough this year.

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“You look to win the bulk of your games at home and we’ve not done that, so tomorrow represents an opportunity to see if we can get a last home win and just tweak that record a little bit.”

The main frustration for the U’s boss is often his side have been the better side, without making the most of their efforts.

He said: “We’ve not taken enough chances at critical times and let some daft goals in.

“Look at the Morecambe game (a 1-1 draw), you’d say it was an OK performance, especially in the second half, but we didn’t take our chances and then the one odd chance they had they hurt us.

“The moans and groans from the stands after Morecambe was the same as the moans and groans in the dug out – ‘how have we come away from that with only a point?’

“Apart from Gillingham, when Ryan Clarke made some outstanding saves, I can’t remember the last time my goalkeeper had a man-of-the-match award at home.”

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9:52am Fri 19 Apr 13

BigAlBiker says...

Hopefully Wilders last home game as well, time to go, simply not good enough.
Hopefully Wilders last home game as well, time to go, simply not good enough. BigAlBiker
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4:43pm Fri 19 Apr 13

OxRoxBox says...

Couldn't agree more Big Al
Check out the form guide . . . pathetic and the same as last season. Luckily we had enough points in the bag
Couldn't agree more Big Al Check out the form guide . . . pathetic and the same as last season. Luckily we had enough points in the bag OxRoxBox
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8:04am Sat 20 Apr 13

Doctor69 says...

He just recycles the same old rubbish dosent he?
The real reason we haven't scored enough and conceded to many is a combination of poor players, training methods, tactics....which ultimately is due to wilder.
But let's put it down to bad luck instead!

Thanks for the day out at wembley chris, after blowing the lead we had for automatic promotion. It's time we all move on.

Wilder out.
He just recycles the same old rubbish dosent he? The real reason we haven't scored enough and conceded to many is a combination of poor players, training methods, tactics....which ultimately is due to wilder. But let's put it down to bad luck instead! Thanks for the day out at wembley chris, after blowing the lead we had for automatic promotion. It's time we all move on. Wilder out. Doctor69
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10:36am Sat 20 Apr 13

brow1985 says...

Vote of Confidence for Chris Wilder. A respectable finish for the resources he had available.
Vote of Confidence for Chris Wilder. A respectable finish for the resources he had available. brow1985
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7:15pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Malcy69 says...

wilder you prat just go and give us a chance next season
wilder you prat just go and give us a chance next season Malcy69
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