Morecambe 1 (Ellison 40), Oxford Utd 0

Kevin Ellison (right) is congratulated on his winning goal

Kevin Ellison (right) is congratulated on his winning goal

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OXFORD United delivered a vastly improved performance, but were left to reflect on a controversial penalty decision which went against them in defeat at Morecambe.

The result left Michael Appleton's side without a point after three games in Sky Bet League Two.

Kevin Ellison's 40th-minute header won the contest, but United could feel hard done by to come away with nothing.

The pivotal incident came 15 minutes from time, when Danny Hylton thought he had won a penalty as he tumbled going past Barry Roche.

Had it been given the goalkeeper would also have been dismissed, but instead Hylton was booked for diving.

It was harsh on the visitors, who more than deserved something from a game they had controlled in patches, particularly in the first half.

Hylton, scorer as a substitute in the previous two games, was rewarded with a start in one of three changes from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Danny Rose and Josh Ruffels were also promoted, as David Hunt, Jon Meades and Alfie Potter dropped to the bench.

Morecambe came into the game top of the fledgling table on goal difference after two successive victories.

They were the first to threaten, when a sweet 20-yard strike from Alex Kenyon was parried smartly by goalkeeper George Long.

United had never got going at Field Mill, but from the outset looked far more comfortable.

Given more time on the ball than at the weekend, they retained possession and used it well.

It was demonstrated by the home fans, who became increasingly irritated by the way United dictated the game.

Midway through the half the visitors had an excellent spell, as efforts on goal came thick and fast.

Their best chance arrived on 23 minutes, when Michael Collins picked out Joe Riley, whose first-time cross from the right flank found Hylton.

The striker's diving header was turned over by Roche and from the resulting corner Hylton was denied again, when his header was cleared off the line.

Danny Rose and Carlton Morris also fired shooting chances off target in a ten-minute period which ran Morecambe ragged.

As good as United were, they had nothing to show for it and were instead hit by a sucker punch on the break five minutes before half-time.

The back four, caught out for the only time in the half, could not prevent Jack Redshaw getting a shot away.

Long parried, but only for Ellison to head into the net.

United appealed half-heatedly for offside, but almost pulled level with their next attack, when Riley's fierce long range shot troubled Roche.

A hectic finish to the half almost saw Morecambe go 2-0 ahead, as Redshaw grazed the crossbar from ten yards.

The same piece of woodwork was rattled nine minutes after the restart, this time from a Danny Rose free-kick.

Tom Newey blasted one shot wide and set up Hylton to head over in a bright start to the half.

At the other end Long had a couple of nervous moments just before the hour mark.

He had difficulty turning Jamie Devitt's rising shot wide and was relieved to see Alan Goodall steer the following corner wide after the goalkeeper missed his punch.

Alex Jakubiak was brought on to give United an added dimension as time wore on.

United kept plugging away and the key moment arrived on 75 minutes.

A poor back header enabled Hylton to intercept and he appeared to be brought down in the area by Roche.

It looked a certain penalty - and a red card for Morecambe's No 1 - but bafflingly the referee booked Hylton for diving.

Tony Harrington waved away more protests for a spot kick a couple of minutes later for a Morecambe handball.

The game finished with seven minutes of stoppage time after a delay following a Hylton shot which damaged the net.

But United could not use it to their advantage, as Morecambe held on to take the points.

Morecambe (4-3-3): Roche, Beeley, Parrish, Hughes, Wilson, Fleming, Kenyon (Mullins 68), Goodall, Devitt (Wright 83), Redshaw (Sampson 67), Ellison.

Unused subs: Arestidou, Williams, Doyle, Amond.

Booked: Goodall.

Oxford Utd (4-2-3-1): G Long, Riley, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Collins, Ruffels, Hylton, Rose, Brown, Morris.

Subs used: Jakubiak (Morris 70), Potter (Brown 82), O'Dowda (Rose 82).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Meades, Raynes, Hunt.

Booked: Hylton.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland).

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9:58pm Tue 19 Aug 14

oldun says...

Too depressing to make even my usual unpopular comments. When will this misery end?
Too depressing to make even my usual unpopular comments. When will this misery end? oldun
  • Score: 10

10:04pm Tue 19 Aug 14

OUFC67 says...

We had 18 shots on goal and it is the same outcome in the league. 3 losses in the league from 3. Unless we can score 2 goals we are hardly likely to win many games. Looking at the results tonight you can see a pattern of who is going to do well. There are 6 to 7 sides that will be fighting relegation and we are one unless we can get a proven goalscorer. For all the talk in the world it is results that count. Hopefully Pompey play badly on Saturday to give us a chance as it is certainly not going to be 4 - 1 to us the way we are playing.
We had 18 shots on goal and it is the same outcome in the league. 3 losses in the league from 3. Unless we can score 2 goals we are hardly likely to win many games. Looking at the results tonight you can see a pattern of who is going to do well. There are 6 to 7 sides that will be fighting relegation and we are one unless we can get a proven goalscorer. For all the talk in the world it is results that count. Hopefully Pompey play badly on Saturday to give us a chance as it is certainly not going to be 4 - 1 to us the way we are playing. OUFC67
  • Score: 11

10:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

OX3 says...

Promotion out the window mid table at best relegation dogfight ahead.
Promotion out the window mid table at best relegation dogfight ahead. OX3
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Tue 19 Aug 14

dorsetyellows says...

Only been to the bristol away game where we were very good , feel frustrated by our start in the league but I feel patience is required with
this squad . But we must sign some experienced better quality players to go with the good younger ones we now have . Also time to off load 2or 3 we have that were poor last year and have started in the same fashion .
Only been to the bristol away game where we were very good , feel frustrated by our start in the league but I feel patience is required with this squad . But we must sign some experienced better quality players to go with the good younger ones we now have . Also time to off load 2or 3 we have that were poor last year and have started in the same fashion . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 11

10:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Davos P says...

Depressing inevitability! This league is so terrible that the league leaders get a gate of 1600 and I hate to say that we deserve to be in it. Supporting Oxford is making me slowly hate football. I hope Lenegan is happy with the decisions made last season.
This club has been poorly run for too long, it's an improvement soon or we'll descend into a team that not even 1600 want to watch live!
Depressing inevitability! This league is so terrible that the league leaders get a gate of 1600 and I hate to say that we deserve to be in it. Supporting Oxford is making me slowly hate football. I hope Lenegan is happy with the decisions made last season. This club has been poorly run for too long, it's an improvement soon or we'll descend into a team that not even 1600 want to watch live! Davos P
  • Score: 12

11:04pm Tue 19 Aug 14

dovepe says...

MUST WIN SATURDAY!
MUST WIN SATURDAY! dovepe
  • Score: 8

11:14pm Tue 19 Aug 14

New Manor rename says...

Improving performances each time. That is good for a recently developed squad. I'd rather lose the 1st 3 and improve to a canter than be top at the end of August and slowly get worse ending in a feeble dressage at best.
Improving performances each time. That is good for a recently developed squad. I'd rather lose the 1st 3 and improve to a canter than be top at the end of August and slowly get worse ending in a feeble dressage at best. New Manor rename
  • Score: 10

11:37pm Tue 19 Aug 14

CuckooLaner says...

Two questions, how long ago is it that we had a worse start to a league campaign ? Why do we not seem able to attract the targeted players to the club ? M A and his staff have, I am sure, identified what is required, however it looks as though the said players will not join us or go elsewhere.
Yes I know the current regime has only been at the helm for such a short time but other clubs at our level are able to make, what on the face of it, are good signings, even at this late hour.
While we are at it is punching a hole in a dug out "side screen" going to help anyone. As Oxford supporter since "Headington United" days, I am sure the people from those days must be turning in their graves. Looking at it from the outside it all looks a bit of a mess at the moment but I hope to be proved wrong !
Two questions, how long ago is it that we had a worse start to a league campaign ? Why do we not seem able to attract the targeted players to the club ? M A and his staff have, I am sure, identified what is required, however it looks as though the said players will not join us or go elsewhere. Yes I know the current regime has only been at the helm for such a short time but other clubs at our level are able to make, what on the face of it, are good signings, even at this late hour. While we are at it is punching a hole in a dug out "side screen" going to help anyone. As Oxford supporter since "Headington United" days, I am sure the people from those days must be turning in their graves. Looking at it from the outside it all looks a bit of a mess at the moment but I hope to be proved wrong ! CuckooLaner
  • Score: 8

12:08am Wed 20 Aug 14

hammerthebarstewards says...

Sorry to say but I am pretty sure that with the set up at Oxford United relegation is a very real threat. 0 points from a possible 9 is a dreadful start to the season and from the way United are playing I cannot see where they are going to score the goals they need to get a win under their belts!
Sorry to say but I am pretty sure that with the set up at Oxford United relegation is a very real threat. 0 points from a possible 9 is a dreadful start to the season and from the way United are playing I cannot see where they are going to score the goals they need to get a win under their belts! hammerthebarstewards
  • Score: 7

5:46am Wed 20 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

As premature as it is I'd question the new regime's commitment to the club already. Happy to give Appleton more time although I do think his coaching reputation has been exaggerated and maybe he needs to understand what's required in the bottom tier is not the same as coaching ex premiership players at Blackburn. As it stands Appleton is on a par with Waddock who was useless. We need 3-4 better including one or two decent strikers. The board need to invest to reap the rewards and their investment so far has been minimal and loan players offer no long term commitment to the club. If we don't change tack we will be like Northampton were last year, in a long relegation battle.

Appleton has a chance to prove his credentials and given he had the luxury of not being interviewed for the job he needs to turn things around very quickly because if he fails here I can't see where else he'd go other than downwards. Portsmouth on a roll will be a tough game on Saturday and I'd take a point just break the miserable run we've been on for so long. If we get thumped 3-4 nil the board should accept their failings and address them quickly. I don't think Lenagan should be free of criticism here either his incompetence last year has played its part in our slow demise.
As premature as it is I'd question the new regime's commitment to the club already. Happy to give Appleton more time although I do think his coaching reputation has been exaggerated and maybe he needs to understand what's required in the bottom tier is not the same as coaching ex premiership players at Blackburn. As it stands Appleton is on a par with Waddock who was useless. We need 3-4 better including one or two decent strikers. The board need to invest to reap the rewards and their investment so far has been minimal and loan players offer no long term commitment to the club. If we don't change tack we will be like Northampton were last year, in a long relegation battle. Appleton has a chance to prove his credentials and given he had the luxury of not being interviewed for the job he needs to turn things around very quickly because if he fails here I can't see where else he'd go other than downwards. Portsmouth on a roll will be a tough game on Saturday and I'd take a point just break the miserable run we've been on for so long. If we get thumped 3-4 nil the board should accept their failings and address them quickly. I don't think Lenagan should be free of criticism here either his incompetence last year has played its part in our slow demise. Oxokuba
  • Score: 14

8:02am Wed 20 Aug 14

bigchet says...

possession means very little with no end product , early season optimism fading fast as ma seems to be following in gw footsteps extra firepower is vital if we are to improve. losing constable and kitson has not helpedbut wehave to move on.
possession means very little with no end product , early season optimism fading fast as ma seems to be following in gw footsteps extra firepower is vital if we are to improve. losing constable and kitson has not helpedbut wehave to move on. bigchet
  • Score: -1

8:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

addisonox says...

Well not exactly over the moon with three defeats but. I still believe the club is heading in the right direction, there has been huge changes in not alot of time so the process will annoyingly take longer.. Patience and climb the ladder Monty....
Well not exactly over the moon with three defeats but. I still believe the club is heading in the right direction, there has been huge changes in not alot of time so the process will annoyingly take longer.. Patience and climb the ladder Monty.... addisonox
  • Score: 6

8:55am Wed 20 Aug 14

Joe1 says...

Where is the promised investment??????
How long before they invest in at least two decent forwards.
Signing two youngsters without League experience on the cheap is NOT what our club needs. Something needs to be done B4 it is 2 late!!!!!
Where is the promised investment?????? How long before they invest in at least two decent forwards. Signing two youngsters without League experience on the cheap is NOT what our club needs. Something needs to be done B4 it is 2 late!!!!! Joe1
  • Score: 2

9:15am Wed 20 Aug 14

golfmad86 says...

Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him.

The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.
Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him. The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that. golfmad86
  • Score: 7

9:22am Wed 20 Aug 14

oldun says...

golfmad86 wrote:
Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him.

The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.
'thereabouts' would not be good enough for me (and I hope for many) - We were last in the third flight in 2000-01 -far too long ago . Gates are way down on 3 seasons ago - for a while, the Pompey crowd will help to boost those who won't amit that . I hope that the Pompey result will do so too - come United , high time for a League win
[quote][p][bold]golfmad86[/bold] wrote: Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him. The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.[/p][/quote]'thereabouts' would not be good enough for me (and I hope for many) - We were last in the third flight in 2000-01 -far too long ago . Gates are way down on 3 seasons ago - for a while, the Pompey crowd will help to boost those who won't amit that . I hope that the Pompey result will do so too - come United , high time for a League win oldun
  • Score: -8

9:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

golfmad86 wrote:
Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him.

The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.
Negativity springs from reality of last 4 seasons - you have your view and I along with several others posting what appears to be negative comments, have mine. I want to be proved wrong and would welcome Appleton moving us forward but the big promises the new regime bragged of has not materialised. I fear the new board has realised what it takes to move a club forwards and either they don't have the funds or they lack the confidence to invest in order to fulfil their promises. Either way it's the fans who suffer and it's the fans who pay the players wages. As a fan I think we deserve better than empty promises. Kassam was the king of those I just don't want the new regime to be like him.
[quote][p][bold]golfmad86[/bold] wrote: Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him. The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.[/p][/quote]Negativity springs from reality of last 4 seasons - you have your view and I along with several others posting what appears to be negative comments, have mine. I want to be proved wrong and would welcome Appleton moving us forward but the big promises the new regime bragged of has not materialised. I fear the new board has realised what it takes to move a club forwards and either they don't have the funds or they lack the confidence to invest in order to fulfil their promises. Either way it's the fans who suffer and it's the fans who pay the players wages. As a fan I think we deserve better than empty promises. Kassam was the king of those I just don't want the new regime to be like him. Oxokuba
  • Score: 2

9:34am Wed 20 Aug 14

Bumble08 says...

18 shots shows that we are being a progressive team, yes I know only 5 of those we're on target but at least we created. On another night we would have own that game 3-1. Now I know it's all doom and gloom at the moment but I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. We need a bit of luck and agreed one proven goal scorer and all will be looking very different. A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games and to say we have improved since GW is an understatement, only a matter of time before we go on a run and find ourselves up the table.

I'll have money with anyone that we finish minimum playoffs....
18 shots shows that we are being a progressive team, yes I know only 5 of those we're on target but at least we created. On another night we would have own that game 3-1. Now I know it's all doom and gloom at the moment but I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. We need a bit of luck and agreed one proven goal scorer and all will be looking very different. A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games and to say we have improved since GW is an understatement, only a matter of time before we go on a run and find ourselves up the table. I'll have money with anyone that we finish minimum playoffs.... Bumble08
  • Score: 10

10:05am Wed 20 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Bumble08 wrote:
18 shots shows that we are being a progressive team, yes I know only 5 of those we're on target but at least we created. On another night we would have own that game 3-1. Now I know it's all doom and gloom at the moment but I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. We need a bit of luck and agreed one proven goal scorer and all will be looking very different. A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games and to say we have improved since GW is an understatement, only a matter of time before we go on a run and find ourselves up the table.

I'll have money with anyone that we finish minimum playoffs....
' A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games'

Where's your evidence of this?

The rest of your post is fair comment. and I admire your optimism.
[quote][p][bold]Bumble08[/bold] wrote: 18 shots shows that we are being a progressive team, yes I know only 5 of those we're on target but at least we created. On another night we would have own that game 3-1. Now I know it's all doom and gloom at the moment but I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. We need a bit of luck and agreed one proven goal scorer and all will be looking very different. A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games and to say we have improved since GW is an understatement, only a matter of time before we go on a run and find ourselves up the table. I'll have money with anyone that we finish minimum playoffs....[/p][/quote]' A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games' Where's your evidence of this? The rest of your post is fair comment. and I admire your optimism. Oxokuba
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Simon84 says...

golfmad86 wrote:
Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him.

The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.
The Bristol game proves nothing whatsoever. Look at Wigan 2 seasons ago won the FA cup and beat some very good sides but couldn't win in the league.

A cup game is a one off game and anything can happen. I think what the Bristol game did prove that the way Appleton wants to play is more suited to football played higher up the league and not the division we play in. Also Appleton has seemed to pick a system and tactics to play without knowing if the players could play in that system. To me you have to assess what players you have and their respective talents and develop a system and tactics around the players.
[quote][p][bold]golfmad86[/bold] wrote: Usually bad and unsighted comments. Oxford played well last night and looked good, and dare I say it at points almost dangerous. Morris us a great striker but we need him to play as part of a 2 man strike force and not with 3 sat behind him. The negativity from the oxford fans is terrible. Things will change for the better and I agree with the comment previous that things are showing signs of improvement. We will be there or tgere abouts at the end of the season and the Bristol game proves that.[/p][/quote]The Bristol game proves nothing whatsoever. Look at Wigan 2 seasons ago won the FA cup and beat some very good sides but couldn't win in the league. A cup game is a one off game and anything can happen. I think what the Bristol game did prove that the way Appleton wants to play is more suited to football played higher up the league and not the division we play in. Also Appleton has seemed to pick a system and tactics to play without knowing if the players could play in that system. To me you have to assess what players you have and their respective talents and develop a system and tactics around the players. Simon84
  • Score: 4

1:28pm Wed 20 Aug 14

OUFC1983 says...

So Oxford fans aren't happy when we lump the ball forwards and now aren't happy when we play football. They're not happy with Wilder, Lewis, Waddock and now Appleton. They're not happy with Lenagan and now with Eales and Ashton. So basically our fans will not be happy until we have Mourinho in charge, Ronaldo and Suarez playing upfront and a squad of 50 players. Our expectations as fans are ridiculous and we're negative about everything. How about we actually support the new regime and the way they are looking to take the club forward. Had it not been for the new investment we would have had Waddock in charge, no new players and certainly fighting against relegation. At least now we can be optimistic for the future and have an attractive style of play. COYY!
So Oxford fans aren't happy when we lump the ball forwards and now aren't happy when we play football. They're not happy with Wilder, Lewis, Waddock and now Appleton. They're not happy with Lenagan and now with Eales and Ashton. So basically our fans will not be happy until we have Mourinho in charge, Ronaldo and Suarez playing upfront and a squad of 50 players. Our expectations as fans are ridiculous and we're negative about everything. How about we actually support the new regime and the way they are looking to take the club forward. Had it not been for the new investment we would have had Waddock in charge, no new players and certainly fighting against relegation. At least now we can be optimistic for the future and have an attractive style of play. COYY! OUFC1983
  • Score: -3

2:35pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

OUFC1983 wrote:
So Oxford fans aren't happy when we lump the ball forwards and now aren't happy when we play football. They're not happy with Wilder, Lewis, Waddock and now Appleton. They're not happy with Lenagan and now with Eales and Ashton. So basically our fans will not be happy until we have Mourinho in charge, Ronaldo and Suarez playing upfront and a squad of 50 players. Our expectations as fans are ridiculous and we're negative about everything. How about we actually support the new regime and the way they are looking to take the club forward. Had it not been for the new investment we would have had Waddock in charge, no new players and certainly fighting against relegation. At least now we can be optimistic for the future and have an attractive style of play. COYY!
It's realists against blind faith - I sense an 'all Oxford fans are crap and know nothing which is why you're the best fan ever' post soon....
[quote][p][bold]OUFC1983[/bold] wrote: So Oxford fans aren't happy when we lump the ball forwards and now aren't happy when we play football. They're not happy with Wilder, Lewis, Waddock and now Appleton. They're not happy with Lenagan and now with Eales and Ashton. So basically our fans will not be happy until we have Mourinho in charge, Ronaldo and Suarez playing upfront and a squad of 50 players. Our expectations as fans are ridiculous and we're negative about everything. How about we actually support the new regime and the way they are looking to take the club forward. Had it not been for the new investment we would have had Waddock in charge, no new players and certainly fighting against relegation. At least now we can be optimistic for the future and have an attractive style of play. COYY![/p][/quote]It's realists against blind faith - I sense an 'all Oxford fans are crap and know nothing which is why you're the best fan ever' post soon.... Oxokuba
  • Score: -1

5:16pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Adman says...

I haven't been to any of the games, but I do listen to people who go to every single match without failure - ie Radio Oxford. And the impression I get from their comments is that the team are definitely playing a better more attractive style of football than last year, or at least the last quarter of last season. A tightening up of the defence would surely help, and if I have one criticism, its that we need Clarke back in goal. At some point, and I think quite soon, this is all going to click and we are going to thump someone. Don't think it will be Portsmouth, but you never know. Oh yes, and with regard to a previous post here, I am not sure the fans do deserve better, and no, they don't pay the fans wages anymore. How could they with the gates some clubs in league 2 have. Football is now a business and that old saying just doesn't cut it anymore.
I haven't been to any of the games, but I do listen to people who go to every single match without failure - ie Radio Oxford. And the impression I get from their comments is that the team are definitely playing a better more attractive style of football than last year, or at least the last quarter of last season. A tightening up of the defence would surely help, and if I have one criticism, its that we need Clarke back in goal. At some point, and I think quite soon, this is all going to click and we are going to thump someone. Don't think it will be Portsmouth, but you never know. Oh yes, and with regard to a previous post here, I am not sure the fans do deserve better, and no, they don't pay the fans wages anymore. How could they with the gates some clubs in league 2 have. Football is now a business and that old saying just doesn't cut it anymore. Adman
  • Score: -2

5:26pm Wed 20 Aug 14

oldun says...

Adman wrote:
I haven't been to any of the games, but I do listen to people who go to every single match without failure - ie Radio Oxford. And the impression I get from their comments is that the team are definitely playing a better more attractive style of football than last year, or at least the last quarter of last season. A tightening up of the defence would surely help, and if I have one criticism, its that we need Clarke back in goal. At some point, and I think quite soon, this is all going to click and we are going to thump someone. Don't think it will be Portsmouth, but you never know. Oh yes, and with regard to a previous post here, I am not sure the fans do deserve better, and no, they don't pay the fans wages anymore. How could they with the gates some clubs in league 2 have. Football is now a business and that old saying just doesn't cut it anymore.
We don't pay the wages (of the players) . What are we paying for? Unclear, I know - surely there is overall expenditure and overall income . The allocation of our money can not be attributed to any particular category . If gates keep dwindling then my guess is that he Board will allocate less money to wages and to other areas. No brainer
[quote][p][bold]Adman[/bold] wrote: I haven't been to any of the games, but I do listen to people who go to every single match without failure - ie Radio Oxford. And the impression I get from their comments is that the team are definitely playing a better more attractive style of football than last year, or at least the last quarter of last season. A tightening up of the defence would surely help, and if I have one criticism, its that we need Clarke back in goal. At some point, and I think quite soon, this is all going to click and we are going to thump someone. Don't think it will be Portsmouth, but you never know. Oh yes, and with regard to a previous post here, I am not sure the fans do deserve better, and no, they don't pay the fans wages anymore. How could they with the gates some clubs in league 2 have. Football is now a business and that old saying just doesn't cut it anymore.[/p][/quote]We don't pay the wages (of the players) . What are we paying for? Unclear, I know - surely there is overall expenditure and overall income . The allocation of our money can not be attributed to any particular category . If gates keep dwindling then my guess is that he Board will allocate less money to wages and to other areas. No brainer oldun
  • Score: 0

5:57pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Eraser says...

Have faith. It will click. Remember the pleasure we took at ridiculing the scum when they couldn't buy a win during August and September - they ended up champions. My only concern is, whilst it's admirable for MA to say he won't change the style of play, it seems a bit naive not to have a plan B. 4231 works well with good players, hence it's prominence at the world cup, but we're talking basement division league here...where the opposition defences are full of old bruisers who will happily kick an inexperienced kid into next year. MA is consistent though - he joined with a 25% career win ratio and has maintained it!!
Have faith. It will click. Remember the pleasure we took at ridiculing the scum when they couldn't buy a win during August and September - they ended up champions. My only concern is, whilst it's admirable for MA to say he won't change the style of play, it seems a bit naive not to have a plan B. 4231 works well with good players, hence it's prominence at the world cup, but we're talking basement division league here...where the opposition defences are full of old bruisers who will happily kick an inexperienced kid into next year. MA is consistent though - he joined with a 25% career win ratio and has maintained it!! Eraser
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Wed 20 Aug 14

baldy bill says...

hope you will be back soon ryan a flapper in goal is no good to us
hope you will be back soon ryan a flapper in goal is no good to us baldy bill
  • Score: -3

9:30am Thu 21 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Adman wrote:
I haven't been to any of the games, but I do listen to people who go to every single match without failure - ie Radio Oxford. And the impression I get from their comments is that the team are definitely playing a better more attractive style of football than last year, or at least the last quarter of last season. A tightening up of the defence would surely help, and if I have one criticism, its that we need Clarke back in goal. At some point, and I think quite soon, this is all going to click and we are going to thump someone. Don't think it will be Portsmouth, but you never know. Oh yes, and with regard to a previous post here, I am not sure the fans do deserve better, and no, they don't pay the fans wages anymore. How could they with the gates some clubs in league 2 have. Football is now a business and that old saying just doesn't cut it anymore.
Fans get paid?? We'd have a full house every home game if long suffering fans were paid to watch! You don't think fans deserve better?? I'm sure fans who return every season to support the club will appreciate your view of them (sarcasm intended). A ridiculous thing to say.
[quote][p][bold]Adman[/bold] wrote: I haven't been to any of the games, but I do listen to people who go to every single match without failure - ie Radio Oxford. And the impression I get from their comments is that the team are definitely playing a better more attractive style of football than last year, or at least the last quarter of last season. A tightening up of the defence would surely help, and if I have one criticism, its that we need Clarke back in goal. At some point, and I think quite soon, this is all going to click and we are going to thump someone. Don't think it will be Portsmouth, but you never know. Oh yes, and with regard to a previous post here, I am not sure the fans do deserve better, and no, they don't pay the fans wages anymore. How could they with the gates some clubs in league 2 have. Football is now a business and that old saying just doesn't cut it anymore.[/p][/quote]Fans get paid?? We'd have a full house every home game if long suffering fans were paid to watch! You don't think fans deserve better?? I'm sure fans who return every season to support the club will appreciate your view of them (sarcasm intended). A ridiculous thing to say. Oxokuba
  • Score: 0

4:42pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Davos P says...

Bumble08 wrote:
18 shots shows that we are being a progressive team, yes I know only 5 of those we're on target but at least we created. On another night we would have own that game 3-1. Now I know it's all doom and gloom at the moment but I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. We need a bit of luck and agreed one proven goal scorer and all will be looking very different. A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games and to say we have improved since GW is an understatement, only a matter of time before we go on a run and find ourselves up the table. I'll have money with anyone that we finish minimum playoffs....
If you want £20 on that no problems! If you take the bet with me I'd love to lose it!!
[quote][p][bold]Bumble08[/bold] wrote: 18 shots shows that we are being a progressive team, yes I know only 5 of those we're on target but at least we created. On another night we would have own that game 3-1. Now I know it's all doom and gloom at the moment but I truly believe we are heading in the right direction. We need a bit of luck and agreed one proven goal scorer and all will be looking very different. A lot of people comment on here without even seeing the games and to say we have improved since GW is an understatement, only a matter of time before we go on a run and find ourselves up the table. I'll have money with anyone that we finish minimum playoffs....[/p][/quote]If you want £20 on that no problems! If you take the bet with me I'd love to lose it!! Davos P
  • Score: 0
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