Howe plotsi more glo­ryi with Cher­riesi WILDER: I WANT SOME WAR­RIORS AT OX­FORD

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Chris Dunlavy

OX­FORD boss Chris Wilder is tar­get­ing a stur­dier breed of player af­ter sign­ing a new con­tract at the Kas­sam.

Widely ex­pected to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion to League One this term, in­juries to key play­ers have ham­pered the U’s chances and they have rarely been out of mid-ta­ble.

Now, with a host of play­ers set to leave, Wilder is de­ter­mined not to suf­fer the same fate again af­ter be­ing handed a new one-year deal by am­bi­tious chair­man Ian Le­na­gan.

“We’re ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed to fin­ish out­side the play-offs,” in­sisted the for­mer Sh­effield United full-back, who took charge of the U’s in 2008 and led them out of the Con­fer­ence.

“But we’re not far off, only four points shy. With a more set­tled side, a more ro­bust side that can han­dle the rigours of League Two, I think we’ll be there.

“If you look at our selec­tions over the sea­son, it hasn’t been set­tled. At the start, three of our best play­ers – Peter Leven, Michael Du­berry and An­drew Whing – weren’t avail­able un­til Oc­to­ber. Then there were oth­ers along the way.

“So I need to go out and get play­ers who can play 30 or 40 games a sea­son. Then we’re not chang­ing the side and we’ll get a lit­tle bit of con­ti­nu­ity.

“We’ve not won enough tight games and we’ve not put teams to bed. Get those things right – plus an­other 15 goals or so – and I think we’ll be chal­leng­ing.”

Wilder has faced hos­til­ity from sec­tions of the Ox­ford crowd and ear­lier this sea­son ad­mit­ted he had been “hurt” by the abuse.

But the U’s chief says they have been more sup­port­ive in re­cent weeks.

“The fans have gen­er­ally been very good,” he added. “It’s just mod­ern football now – peo­ple seem to want suc­cess in­stantly. It’s never quick enough.

“But we’re try­ing to do things in a sus­tain­able way. The chair­man wants this club to live within its means. Any man­ager will al­ways want an­other player, but we live in an age when fi­nances are tight.

“We’ve seen clubs plum­met – Ply­mouth, who are in our league, Portsmouth who will be next sea­son – through over­spend­ing.

“I did un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion be­cause I felt it aswell. But we fin­ished on a high and there was a good at­mos­phere af­ter the last game.

“That shows you what it can be like and I think they’ve gen­er­ally been very sym­pa­thetic to the prob­lems we’ve faced.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

LOAN STAR: Ravel Mor­ri­son, left, cel­e­brates a Birm­ing­ham goal with Mitch Han­cox Iss 162: April 28, 2013

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