Oxford United welcome hectic fixture list

Herald Series: United's win on Tuesday set up a trip to Leeds United in round two United's win on Tuesday set up a trip to Leeds United in round two

CHRIS Wilder has no concerns the extra time played against Bournemouth in the cup this week will have an impact on Oxford United ’s squad tomorrow.

Some U’s players were suffering with cramp towards the end of the opening game of the season on Tuesday night, which they won 5-3 on penalties.

Wider admitted it was not the perfect way to begin the campaign, but has no reason to believe the fatigue will still be an issue for the trip to Bristol Rovers.

He said: “Not at all, we’ve just altered the training schedule so they had a recovery day on Wednesday.

“They’re a fit side, there was plenty of energy there on Tuesday deep into extra time.

“It’s not an unbelievably ideal situation, but the aches and tired legs all disappear when you have a great result.”

The second-round tie against Leeds United means the U’s will play eight games in the opening 26 days of the season.

Wilder is already managing a squad which has been stretched by five first-team players being out injured, but the U’s boss is unfazed by the hectic opening.

He said: “The players want to play.

“Hopefully we’ll come through the little period with everybody intact and the injured boys come back sooner rather than later.

“It is what it is, the fixture list is there and we’ve got to handle it – I’d rather be going to Leeds on a Tuesday night than training in the afternoon and so will the players.”

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