WILDER’S FU­TURE AT OX­FORD STILL A BLUR

OX­FORD UTD......3 ROCHDALE ........0

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Con­way

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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