Wilder unhappy with U's form
Oxford manager Chris Wilder bemoaned his side's dip in form after the 2-0 defeat at Southend saw them slip out of the play-off positions.
First-half goals by Ryan Hall and Bilel Mohsni saw Southend cruise to a comfortable victory and leave the U's without a win in six games. Wilder said: "We've not picked up enough points in the last five or six games. We're just not quite good enough at the moment, and we've just come up short. "We were well beaten. They were poor goals. I felt sorry for the young lad (Ripley), he'd been sat on the train for five or six hours coming down to us from Middlesbrough. "He'll be disappointed with the first goal, and that knocked the stuffing out of us and they then got a second. I was more than happy with the endeavour in the second half, the players had a real go. But that should be standard for us. "It's been a frustrating time for us all. We're just disappointed that we've not given the supporters the results they deserve in the last six games. It's pressure on Crewe now next week. We're massive outsiders, but stranger things have happened."