Oxford United still targeting play-offs - Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder

Oxford United boss Chris Wilder says his side are capable of beating Southend on Saturday and can still make the League Two play-offs this season.

The U's are two points behind seventh-placed Crewe with two games still remaining and Wilder has urged his side to win their final two matches.

"Let's go and win a game of football and get us in there [the play-offs]," Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford.

"It's the 45th game of the season and we've done pretty well in big games."

After Southend, the U's travel to Port Vale for the final game of the regular season and Wilder is confident his side can grab all the points on offer.

That is despite the fact Oxford are without a win in five games. The U's boss is backing them to bounce back on Saturday.

"We've beaten the top two and conceded late goals against Crawley and Torquay so we are more than capable of winning the game," he said.

"We can get bogged down in terms of the last three or four results and the frustrations. The supporters don't have a monopoly on frustration we all feel it.

"We've been in the play-offs since the turn of the year, and now we've dropped out of it.

He added: "The daft thing about it is at 5pm on Saturday we could be up to sixth, and I do believe that both the teams above us won't win both games.

"If they do we have to make sure we do our part. We are due a win in terms of the performances and the selection. We are due a bounce of the ball and are due a win.

"It's going to be a great game, the opposition are bringing a healthy following and hopefully our fans will turn out in force and make it a cracking atmosphere."

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