Newey not concerned about Oxford United's position

Oxford United's players cannot believe it as Craig Westcarr (third from left) wins it for Portsmouth

Oxford United's players cannot believe it as Craig Westcarr (third from left) wins it for Portsmouth

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TOM Newey played down the significance of Oxford United propping up the Football League in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth.

It is the first time the U’s have ever been last in the fourth tier and they are still waiting for their first point of the season.

But with the season not yet a month old, Newey is not overly concerned, pointing to the side’s improved style and arguing it will reap rewards.

The left back said: “Obviously we’re disappointed where we are, but it’s only four games in.

“I think if you look at the bigger picture there are a lot of positives.

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“As a group of players and staff we believe in the brand of football we are trying to play.

“It’s enjoyable to play and it will be more so when we start beating teams.”

He added: “We started like a house on fire last season and we faded massively, so let’s not read too much into it so far.”

While most of the attention on United’s struggles so far this season has focused on the attacking third, they have also conceded preventable goals.

Craig Westcarr’s scrappy match-winner ten minutes from time was no exception.

Newey said: “It just bounced up awkwardly and it hit one of our defenders.

“He just bundled it in really.

“It’s disappointing from a defensive point of view, but it’s probably the only chance they had all game.

“It was the same at Morecambe (a 1-0 defeat) the other night.”

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9:33am Mon 25 Aug 14

Richard Wickson says...

It's always worrying when players "aren't worried by poor results". It's not just a striker that is needed, we look poor in defence when the opposition have the ball and don't have a decent ball winner in midfield, that said the shape looks better and when we have the ball we look reasonably confident passing accross the pitch but are bereft of ideas going forward. The team is definetlley a "work in progress" and the corner should be turned at some stage but it's looking liking a long and fraught season. The talk by the new Chairman is a bit worrying as well, do they have any money to advance the club? Time will tell.
It's always worrying when players "aren't worried by poor results". It's not just a striker that is needed, we look poor in defence when the opposition have the ball and don't have a decent ball winner in midfield, that said the shape looks better and when we have the ball we look reasonably confident passing accross the pitch but are bereft of ideas going forward. The team is definetlley a "work in progress" and the corner should be turned at some stage but it's looking liking a long and fraught season. The talk by the new Chairman is a bit worrying as well, do they have any money to advance the club? Time will tell. Richard Wickson
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8:59pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Truesupporter says...

If there is one player who should be worried it is Newey!
If there is one player who should be worried it is Newey! Truesupporter
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