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Wilder rues loss of Potter in Oxford United defeat
CHRIS Wilder admitted his thoughts were with Alfie Potter after the winger left the Kassam Stadium on crutches after a horrible tackle in Saturday’s home defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers.
Potter, who was making his first appearance for four games after recovering from a hamstring injury, was stretchered off in the last minute of normal time.
The bad tackle from Rovers left back Tom Lockyer brought only a yellow card, and Wilder was not impressed.
“You don’t like getting beat, but my biggest concern today is Alfie,” United’s manager said.
“I thought it was a poor challenge.
“Hopefully it will be ligament damage. We are hopeful that it won’t be a break, but that was the first concern – that he had bust his leg.
“We don’t need any injuries at all with the size of squad that we have here.”
Wilder shared the views of striker Dave Kitson that referee Mark Brown gave the U’s little help.
But the U’s boss knows his side should have already been far enough ahead that the official’s poor decisions did not impact the outcome of the game.
“We had three ridiculous chances which we have got to score,” he said.
“Forwards are heroes one minute and villains the next.
“Beano has had two great chances there to not only make it 100 goals for the club, but 101 as well.
“But we didn’t do that and paid the price.”
Wilder was also left cursing Rovers’ winning goal from the penalty spot.
“It’s outside the box, but the referee wanted to be the star of the show today and he wanted to give a penalty,” he said.
“I went to see the referee and asked him four questions, and wasn’t really that bothered about what he said.
“He was fussy all afternoon. When John Ward, who has been in the game a long time, says the same sort of things as me about him, then there must have been something wrong.”
Wilder added: “We can’t do a lot about his display now.
“We can mark him low, which I am going to do, but that’s about it.”
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