United are top dogs

Herald Series: Tom Craddock races through to fire home his and Oxford United’s second goal of the game against Southend last night Tom Craddock races through to fire home his and Oxford United’s second goal of the game against Southend last night

CHRIS Wilder hailed his Oxford United side after a 2-0 victory over Southend United sent them top of npower League Two.

Tom Craddock came off the bench to score both goals as the U’s made it six points out of six to move up to first place on goal difference.

United dominated against a Southend side forced to play more than an hour with ten men after Michael Timlin collected two bookings in quick succession.

Wilder was delighted with the way his team used the ball to open the visitors up and create a host of chances.

The United manager said: “Good players take advantage of (the sending off) and I thought we were good players tonight.

“Every one of them made really good decisions. “Sometimes it can be frustrating and a little bit scrappy, but they kept their patience, sucked people out of position and then put ourselves in positions to score.

“It was good for Tommy to settle us down with the first goal and then it was great for him to finish it off.

“We created loads of chances and scored a couple of goals – we could always be greedy and say we should’ve scored a couple more, but we’ll take 2-0 against a decent side.”

While the contributions made by Craddock and the rest of the attackers, particularly the outstanding Alfie Potter, caught the eye, it completed a third successive clean sheet for the U’s.

Southend were unable to muster a shot on target and Wilder reserved special praise for the back four.

He said: “There were some really good performances all over the pitch and not always from the front lads.

“It’s important the back lads are switched on because one slip gives the opposition a chance and then it really is difficult, but they were organised, disciplined and gave us a platform to win the game.”

 

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10:05am Wed 22 Aug 12

oldun says...

6 points down - about 78 more needed - great start
6 points down - about 78 more needed - great start oldun

12:02pm Wed 22 Aug 12

karatavuk says...

Craddock is quality. Anyone who doesn't think so is an idiot.
Craddock is quality. Anyone who doesn't think so is an idiot. karatavuk

12:04pm Wed 22 Aug 12

karatavuk says...

Craddock is quality
Craddock is quality karatavuk

4:15pm Wed 22 Aug 12

support your local team says...

Alfie was on his game - his second/third touch was fantastic - and Deano was full of running/aggression/t
hreat. Was also impressed by TCs defending and ability to get forward. Tommy is in good nick - taking a good pre-season into the start of NP2. Four players that are like new signings!
Alfie was on his game - his second/third touch was fantastic - and Deano was full of running/aggression/t hreat. Was also impressed by TCs defending and ability to get forward. Tommy is in good nick - taking a good pre-season into the start of NP2. Four players that are like new signings! support your local team

1:20am Thu 23 Aug 12

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Craddock is definitely at his best playing in a front 2 or just off the front man like he did Tuesday night! If he plays as a left winger he is useless!
Craddock is definitely at his best playing in a front 2 or just off the front man like he did Tuesday night! If he plays as a left winger he is useless! OUFC 4 EVA

7:02am Thu 23 Aug 12

YellowinMelbourne says...

Just saw the highlights on Yellow Player and I the sending off seemed a bit harsh. Great to see that Craddock is on form and Smalley also played well - he just needs a goal now. Hard to see how Beano will start on Saturday and a nice problem for Wilder to have.
Just saw the highlights on Yellow Player and I the sending off seemed a bit harsh. Great to see that Craddock is on form and Smalley also played well - he just needs a goal now. Hard to see how Beano will start on Saturday and a nice problem for Wilder to have. YellowinMelbourne

10:30am Fri 24 Aug 12

BigCrompy says...

Which suburb are you in, Melbourne Yellow? I live in Mordialloc in the south-east!
Which suburb are you in, Melbourne Yellow? I live in Mordialloc in the south-east! BigCrompy

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