The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

game too far, but you can’t be re­ally neg­a­tive to the lads who have been fan­tas­tic.”

The U’s took con­trol af­ter the restart – get­ting their just re­wards on 64 min­utes when Con­sta­ble stroked home for his 14th goal of the sea­son, whilst Smal­ley’s penalty made it two on 67 min­utes af­ter Peter Mur­phy tugged Con­sta­ble’s shirt in the area.

Molyneux’s rash chal­lenge on Al­fie Pot­ter in the 89th minute earned him a red card, while Rigg con­verted a sim­ple fin­ish in an in­jury-time counter-at­tack to com­plete the rout.

And Ox­ford boss Chris Wilder in­sists there are also many de­ci­sions to be made from him to avoid a mass ex­o­dus.

“At the mo­ment it can go both ways,” said Wilder. “We’ve got eight or nine outof-con­tract play­ers who started and they could have just thought things were not go­ing for them.

“But In the last three or four weeks, the play­ers have tried to fin­ish the sea­son on a high and have a lot of per­sonal pride in­di­vid­u­ally about their per­for­mance.

“That’s what we need if we ul­ti­mately want to be suc­cess­ful. We’ve fin­ished ninth, and though it's not where we want to be, all they could do was win the next game.

“Peo­ple were talk­ing about the game as a dead rub­ber but it wasn’t in my eyes, Leam Richard­son’s or our sup­port­ers who trav­elled so far.”


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