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Wilder lauds strike duo

21 October 2012

Oxford boss Chris Wilder saluted four-goal hero Tom Craddock, and his strike partner James Constable after the 5-0 hammering of Accrington.

Constable, who took the captain's armband in light of Jake Wright's suspension, did not find the net but combined superbly with Craddock to give Stanley a torrid time.

"Obviously Tom will get the headlines, and rightly so for his goals, but I thought our skipper was outstanding," Wilder said.

"I'll be the first to admit the part Constable played. I thought he was back to his best, he was a handful and a menace, and took the heat off Tommy, who got the goals."

For Oxford it was a fine response following the 3-0 defeat they suffered in Monday's televised game at Port Vale.

Wilder said: "It's been a difficult week for our players. I asked a few questions of them after that match, when we really were not good, and they have responded well.

"But we have to show consistency now, and show the consistency that only the top two in this league are showing.

"There's nothing in this league, apart from the top two, Gillingham and Port Vale, who are showing some consistency.

"There's still a lot of games to go and points to play for. But for us it was a together performance and a lot better than Monday.

Craddock struck his goals after 12, 23, 36 and 71 minutes, more than doubling his tally for the season to seven.

And on several occasions Constable was the provider, or simply harried Stanley's defenders into leaving a gap that former Middlesbrough and Luton striker Craddock. exploited with his clinical finishing.

Alfie Potter rubbed salt into the wounds with a simple tuck-away at the far post 12 minutes from time to complete the five-goal rout.

It was only Oxford's second win in their last 10 league games.

For Accrington Stanley manager Paul Cook, it was by far the team's worst result since he took over in February.

Cook was very reluctant to speak to the media afterwards, and would only say: "You have to pay a lot of respect to the opposition.

"To say we're hurting is an understatement. It's not good enough.

"People have travelled a long way to support us and the only reason I'm speaking is out of respect to those supporters.

"But I can't offer an explanation.

"We are a group though. We win together and we lose together.

"I'm not talking about the game, I'm just saying a few words out of respect to our supporters."

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