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Whing happy with hard-earned point
ANDY Whing said Oxford United should be pleased with a point at a Cheltenham Town side he feels will be promotion contenders by the end of the season.
The Robins reached the play-offs in the last two seasons, but have won only once so far in this campaign.
Whing is certain plenty of sides will come unstuck at Whaddon Road this season, so regarded a draw as a decent result.
He said: “It shows how hard the players have worked to keep the run going. If it doesn’t go our way we make sure we don’t lose.
“Obviously we want to win the game, but coming to places like this against a team that will be up there it’s a good point for us.
“We’re not disappointed. They are in a false position and they will be a lot better than they have been.”
The 28-year-old captained the U’s in Jake Wright’s absence and led by example in central midfield.
Injuries have depleted the options and promoted several young players into the squad.
Whing has confidence in his teammates, but felt it was up to the senior players to do what they could to assist the new faces.
He said: “Whoever is on the pitch we think we can win the game wherever we go in this league, as we’ve shown.
“There is obviously a bit of inexperience there, but we still have a lot of experience on the pitch to help the youngsters if they come on.”
United’s second goal came via a cool finish from Johnny Mullins.
Whing was delighted with the effort, but admitted he expected to hear endless re-runs on the way into training.
“It winds me up because I’ve got to share a car with him every day and he doesn’t stop talking about it,” he said.
“Everything seems to fall to him, but fair play he sticks it in the back of the net when we need him to.”
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