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Oxford boss Chris Wilder was pleased with his team's display but lamented their finishing in the 2-0 win over Rochdale.
In a dominant first half display Alfie Potter was left unmarked at the back post but sidefooted across the face of goal, while Tom Craddock was narrowly off target twice and after the interval saw a close-range header cleared off the line by Rhys Bennett.
And the U's were eventually made to pay for their profligacy by late goals from George Donnelly and Bobby Grant.
"No disrespect to the opposition, but I thought we played like the home side," said Wilder. "I'm struggling to find a way to explain why we have not won this game by two or three goals.
"It was us for the majority of the game and we've been done on the break late on. I've spoken about consistency of performance and I thought our performance was pretty good.
"If we'd have shown a little more quality in the final third from our front four we'd have been going home pretty handsome winners. But if you don't put teams to bed then one slip and it's all over and you don't get the rewards your play probably deserves."