Wilder pleased by U's steel

Oxford boss Chris Wilder believes his side showed their character as they bounced back with a 3-1 win over Torquay.

Last Updated: 09/03/13 at 19:23

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James Constable, back in the starting line-up, fired home his 12th goal of the season, after he outmuscled Torquay defender Aaron Downes before rounding goalkeeper Michael Poke in the 50th minute.

Four minutes later Constable's persistence caught Downes out and the centre-back tripped his man to concede a costly penalty which Damian Batt dispatched.

Downes headed in a corner to give Torquay some hope but Oxford repeatedly caught them on the break before Simon Heslop fired the clincher in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

"The players showed what they were are all about," Wilder said. "After we lost 4-0 at home to Rotherham on Tuesday night, there were a lot of disappointed people around the club, and we took a lot of criticism.

We expected to.

"It was a big hit in midweek, so it was a real test for us, of our character. We are a decent side at the moment, and we're in decent form.

"I was a bit disappointed that we weren't in front at half-time. But I sat our two centre-forwards (Constable and Alfie Potter) down at the interval and told them they'd put each other in through really good football and said they'd get more chances as the game opened up in the second half.

"James had missed two chances that he'd expect to put away, so to show the composure he did for both the first two goals is credit to him."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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