Football - Wilder bemoans lack of cutting edge

Oxford boss Chris Wilder felt his side missed a good opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table after the goalless draw with Newport.

PA Sport Report

James Constable had two good opportunities to break the deadlock in the first half, one a weak shot in front of goal and the other a close-range header from a corner that flew over the crossbar.

Wilder believes his side need to be more clinical and was also disappointed in referee Darren Sheldrake's performance, after the official dished out eight yellow cards.

"It was a frustrating night for us, a stop-start game, where we couldn't really get anything flowing, and the ref didn't help at all in that respect," said Wilder.

"The referee must be tired with the amount of puff he's had to put into that whistle. You need the referee to manage the game, and I don't think he refereed the game very well, as simple as that.

"You need to score when the chances appear. We should have scored with the chances we had in the first half.

"We had to be careful with their throw-ins, which were dangerous.

"But we're disappointed that we've not won. It's a missed opportunity, but then seven points out of nine is a decent return from three matches.

"And it's a clean sheet, and another point on. I think if we'd got the first goal we'd have gone on to win the game."

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