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Chris Wilder admits play-off struggle for Oxford United

Chris Wilder
Wilder is in his first season as a Football League manager

Oxford United boss Chris Wilder admits his side will struggle to make the League Two play-offs this season.

The U's host Crewe on Saturday, having lost their last four in five games to sit 11th in the table, five points below the top seven.

Wilder told BBC Oxford: "I can't really seeing us doing it as we haven't shown any consistency.

"But who knows? The team have shown they're good enough but they've got to now show the desire to win games."

The U's boss continued: "We're going to have to win the next seven out of nine games and get about 72 points to get into the play-offs.

"But there's no reason looking at the games we have coming up that we should feel frightened.

"We just need to stick it all together, if we do that then there is no reason we can't win those seven out of nine games."

When the players go over that white line it's up to them to show me they are good enough to warrant a place in this team going forward

Oxford boss Chris Wilder

Oxford, who won promotion to League Two last season to end a four-year absence from the Football League, lost 2-1 at home to Stevenage on Tuesday.

"On the pitch is the only way the players can go about their business and show a reaction, they have to do a lot better on every aspect of the game then they did on Tuesday," said Wilder.

"I have a lot of hard work to do to sort my team out because I need to get it right as these are important games for us.

"Whether we get into the play-offs or we gain momentum going into next season, we've got to look at the players to see if they are good enough to consistently win games of football, which at the moment we are not doing.

"When the players go over that white line it's up to them to show me they are good enough mentally, physically and consistently to warrant a place in this team going forward."



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see also
Oxford sign Burge from Doncaster
17 Mar 11 |  Oxford Utd
Oxford Utd 1-2 Stevenage
17 Mar 11 |  League Two
Wilder demands more from Oxford
16 Feb 11 |  Oxford Utd


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