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League Two

Home form frustrates Wilder

24 February 2013

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder was left scratching his head as to why his team can produce away but not at home after watching them play out a goalless draw with York.

They managed just one real shot on target on the bobbly Kassam Stadium pitch, and Josh Parker's drive was brilliantly turned for a corner by keeper Michael Ingham.

Wilder said: "It's like chalk and cheese between how we were at Plymouth last week and today. We need a spark from somewhere but it's a real struggle for us at home at the moment.

"The players are a lot better than what they are producing when we play at home. We've got a lot more quality than what we're showing and that's so frustrating. We're struggling at the top of the pitch and struggling to create.

"And I think everyone can see that we don't have any confidence when we're playing at home. We just have to get our head down and keep working."

The draw was a further blow to Oxford's faint hopes of reaching the play-offs, but York boss Gary Mills was delighted with the point, the Minstermen having beaten the U's 3-1 earlier in the season.

Although City have gone nine games without a win, Mills said: "Don't knock draws. We're getting closer to 40 points. My players' desire to win headers and win tackles, and make sure we got something out of the game, was tremendous.

"I thought we were excellent. It was a real battle, with a lot of play in the middle of the park. I'm delighted with the clean sheet and delighted with the point and we keep going onwards and upwards."

"The back four showed we were solid, worked hard and got me the clean sheet. We know we need a little more in the last third but for us at the moment it's about not losing games.

"We have worked hard all week and carried that through into the game. My players' desire to get something from the game was fantastic."

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