Wilder 'gutted' after derby draw

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Oxford manager Chris Wilder was disappointed after his side's 2-2 draw with Wycombe.

The Us eased into a two-goal lead through Alfie Potter and an own goal from Dave Winfield before Scott Rendell and Jon-Paul Pittman salvaged a point for the Chairboys.

Wilder said: "I'm gutted we haven't won that game. I thought we were great, especially in the first half, but we had a mad 10 minutes.

He added: "Their goalkeeper made three or four good saves and we should have had a penalty. I don't understand how the ref didn't give that, and he even had the whistle in his mouth. The decisions didn't go for us.

"But for us, we've again not won a game that we should have seen out. It's happened too many times here. And that's the difference between us and Wycombe at the moment.

"We showed a good reaction from losing at Bury last week, and James Constable really worked his socks off and got after their two centre halves. I possibly made a mistake in taking him off in the second half, in hindsight, but you do these things to try and win the game.

"I thought we might have nicked one at the end when we got over the disappointment of them getting back into the game. They're a good side and they're not going to lie down, and that's why they're up there. But Nikki Bull made an unbelievable save for them from Tommy Craddock."

Wycombe boss Gary Waddock praised the character his side showed at the Kassam Stadium, saying: "We changed it around in the second half and Scott Donnelly coming on made a big difference. Jon-Paul Pittman was excellent. He's had to wait and wait and wait for his chance.

"You know what he's about - frightening pace, and he's a good finisher as well. I've lost count of the number of times this season our goalkeeper Nikki Bull has made top-class saves and he did it again.

"The players never gave up and they showed, both as individuals and as a group, a lot of qualities. To come back the way we did was fantastic. Our performance tells you everything about the group. We're together as a group."

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James Constable
Jon-Paul Pittman
Scott Donnelly
Alfie Potter
League Two
Dave Winfield
Wycombe Wanderers
Nikki Bull
Scott Rendell

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