Chris Wilder hails Oxford United turnaround

Chris Wilder

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder believes his side have now turned around their poor form after

The U's made a fine start to the season winning their opening three league games before losing their next six.

But they have since improved results and Wilder says he is more confident of their prospects after the poor patch.

"Hopefully we have turned the corner and have a bit of momentum going forward," Wilder told BBC Oxford.

The U's are currently 15th in League Two, and are five points off the play-offs.

Wilder admits their difficult patch earlier in the season, which led to some fans calling for his sacking, hit him hard, but he never lost belief they could rescue their season.

The U's boss also believes injuries played a massive part in that slump in form.

"It was a difficult period, but that's life, you've just to believe in the process," he said.

"You look for a reaction from everybody but there is still a long way to go, there are 31 league games to play.

"At times we had 40% of our work force not available for selection but we are getting that down by the week and getting stronger by the day.

"By early December we will have everyone available for selection and we can keep progressing up the league."

The 45-year-old, who is the 10th longest-serving manager in the Football League, added: "It affected me massively.

"I care deeply about my job and the people I work for and with. It was not a nice period.

"I'm coming up to my fourth anniversary and thankfully the stability of the club is key and people here recognise the difficulties we were having.

"But there is still a long way to go and we won't take out foot off the gas."