WILDER’S FUTURE AT OXFORD STILL A BLUR
OXFORD UTD......3 ROCHDALE ........0
OXFORD manager Chris Wilder admitted his future at the U’s is still unclear despite watching them comfortably dispose of Rochdale.
Second-half goals from Andy Whing, James Constable and Alfie Potter helped Oxford win their final home game of the season.
It was an excellent home finale to an otherwise disappointing season for the U’s as they fail to make the League Two play-offs.
They are six points behind seventh-place Bradford with one more game left, away to Accrington, and Wilder doesn’t know whether he’ll be staying or going. He said:“We punished them and if we’d punished teams more frequently like we did Rochdale, we would be in a much better position than we are now.
“The fans gave us a fabulous reception. The away record has been good all season but we should have had a few more days like at home.
“I just keep working and wait until the chairman speaks to me. When [he] speaks to me and tells me either way, I’ll take it in the way I always take things.
“Whether it’s me or whoever takes over and leads the club into the new season, I think it’s a lot healthier position than it was when I first took over.”
Oxford had the best chance of the first half after just three minutes. Deane Smalley’s angled shot was saved well by Josh Lillis before Potter dragged the rebound wide.Wilder brought top scorer Constable on at half-time in an attempt to reinvigorate his side and, just eight minutes into the second half, they went in front.
Smalley’s cross found Whing who struck a crisp volley home and Oxford doubled their lead with 14 minutes left when sub JonPaul Pittman fed Constable and fired into the top corner from six yards. Potter wrapped up the points for Oxford in stoppage tim and Rochdale manager Keith Hill was disappointed after seeing their six-match unbeaten run come to an end.
“We were a shadow of what I expect with and without the ball. The opposition put us under pressure. They turned us as much as they could because of the state of the pitch but we were quite lacklustre,” he said.
“I don’t want to be too critical of the players because we’ve covered a lot of ground in such a short space of time and I’m encouraged by that.
“Without being over-critical, they let themselves and the supporters down.
“I’ve been encouraged and I’m encouraged going into next season with a squad of players that I know we will be competitive week in week out.”
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