Southend United 1 (Leonard 84) Oxford United 0

United's Alfie Potter skips through Southend's Michael Timlin (left) and Marc Laird during a first-half run

United's Alfie Potter skips through Southend's Michael Timlin (left) and Marc Laird during a first-half run

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A late header from substitute Ryan Leonard consigned Oxford United to a second defeat in eight days.

It was a harsh result on the visitors, who were much better than in the 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town last weekend and deserved at least a point for their efforts.

But ultimately the U's were left to reflect on two glorious chances which were wasted by Alfie Potter in the first half.

Southend United took a long time to get going, but showed an opportunistic streak to snatch a late goal after an error from Damian Batt.

Luke McCormick came into the side as one of three changes to the XI from Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Burton Albion.

The goalkeeper replaced Max Crocombe, who dropped to the bench, while injuries ruled out Michael Duberry and Tom Craddock, so Michael Raynes and Justin Richards started.

United should have gone in front inside the opening 30 seconds, when James Constable and Sean Rigg combined to lay on a chance for Potter.

He was in acres of space, but after steadying himself his shot was saved by Paul Smith.

The rebound fell back to the winger, but he volleyed wide. It was almost 20 minutes before either side could muster another chance.

Again it was the visitors who threatened, when Adam Chapman's inswinging corner deceived Smith, but Kevan Hurst cleared off the line.

Southend had plenty of the ball, but lacked a cutting edge in the absence of injured top scorer Gavin Tomlin as United's back four did a good job of keeping the Shrimpers at arm's length.

McCormick, who was backed by the majority of the travelling fans, did not have a shot on target to save before the break, but he dealt with a handful of crosses without fuss.

United carried far more threat when they went forward. Constable and Richards worked a chance for Batt, who blazed over on his left foot 11 minutes before the break.

The half ended as it began, with Rigg providing a virtual carbon copy opening for Potter.

This time he opted to shoot earlier, but Smith produced a fine save to turn it round the post.

Within two minutes of the restart Southend came within a whisker of going ahead.

Michael Timlin's cross was met by Batt, who could only head towards his own goal and the full back was relieved to see the ball strike the post and bounce to safety.

United responded with a fluent move which ended with Rigg firing a first-time shot into the side netting from just outside the box.

It took almost an hour for Southend to produce a shot, when Assombalonga's attempted chip lacked height.

McCormick also comfortably gathered a shot from Barry Corr shortly afterwards.

Clear chances were at a premium in the final half hour, as both defences did a good job of containing the opposition.

Chris Wilder and Paul Sturrock looked to their benches for inspiration, but a goalless draw looked on the cards.

It took a mistake to finally break the deadlock, six minutes from time.

A ball over the top appeared to favour a backtracking Batt, but he stopped, apparently thinking McCormick would come out of his area to clear.

Southend pounced on the breakdown in communication and Timlin hung up a cross which Leonard headed into the corner of the net.

United brought on Deane Smalley for the closing stages, but could not force a last-gasp equaliser.

Southend Utd: Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Phillips, Barker, Hurst (Leonard 81), Timlin, Spillane, Laird (Reeves 81), Assombalonga (Lavery 67), Corr. Unused subs: Bentley, Straker, Eastwood, Prosser.

Oxford Utd: McCormick, Batt, Raynes, Wright, O'Brien, Potter, Chapman, Leven, Rigg (Davis 67), Richards, Constable. Unused subs: Crocombe, Heslop, Smalley, Capaldi, Worley, Parker.  

Referee: Gavin Ward.

Attendance: 5,596 (634 visitors).

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5:18pm Sat 2 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Wilder collect your P45 on Monday, Crocombe should start, Tyrone should stay, and as for that keeper you should be hounded out of Oxford for that decision.

Your rubbish selections and tactics are annoying many of us loyal season ticket holders, and for once I am thinking that if you stay then its down the road to the city for me, no more Wilder.
Wilder collect your P45 on Monday, Crocombe should start, Tyrone should stay, and as for that keeper you should be hounded out of Oxford for that decision. Your rubbish selections and tactics are annoying many of us loyal season ticket holders, and for once I am thinking that if you stay then its down the road to the city for me, no more Wilder. BigAlBiker
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5:18pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Joe1 says...

This wasys going to be a difficult fixture for us. It appears that our Purple patch has passed. We have not invested in good players & this is the result.
We battled hard, just do npt have the talent to win..
A nice attempt to get a point though.
This wasys going to be a difficult fixture for us. It appears that our Purple patch has passed. We have not invested in good players & this is the result. We battled hard, just do npt have the talent to win.. A nice attempt to get a point though. Joe1
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5:23pm Sat 2 Feb 13

northampton yellow says...

well same old story we cant score potter awful mid table finish clear the lot of them out and put cw with them it clearly needs new blood another poor season AGAIN...............
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well same old story we cant score potter awful mid table finish clear the lot of them out and put cw with them it clearly needs new blood another poor season AGAIN............... ........... northampton yellow
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5:57pm Sat 2 Feb 13

botleyboy says...

As John Cleese said in Clockwise...it's not the despair. I can take the despair. It's the hope that kills me. When we lost in the cups it was OK - we can concentrate on kicking on up the league. A bit of hope then the dismal reality check - this is a mediocre, inconsistent fourth division football team....
As John Cleese said in Clockwise...it's not the despair. I can take the despair. It's the hope that kills me. When we lost in the cups it was OK - we can concentrate on kicking on up the league. A bit of hope then the dismal reality check - this is a mediocre, inconsistent fourth division football team.... botleyboy
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6:29pm Sat 2 Feb 13

foxvox says...

Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.
Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me. foxvox
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8:56pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Beau champ mummy says...

foxvox wrote:
Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.
Go and support bracelet then and plz don't come back we don't need pr--kis like u
[quote][p][bold]foxvox[/bold] wrote: Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.[/p][/quote]Go and support bracelet then and plz don't come back we don't need pr--kis like u Beau champ mummy
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9:07pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

foxvox wrote:
Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.
Spot on comment. Under Wilder we regularly fail to score enough goals and its a simple fact, indisputable. Yes we (on very rare occasions) get a hatful but thats usually to nil. We always struggle against half decent teams and they are the ones you have to beat to succeed, beating the Barnets of this Division isnt enough, we have to have a team capable of beating the Southends and Fleetwoods if we are to have a hope of the play offs and this season we dont. its a very depressing time to be an OUFC supporter, in 50 plus years i really havent known anything so sad, but neither do i remember OU employing a person convicted of causing the death of children before.
[quote][p][bold]foxvox[/bold] wrote: Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.[/p][/quote]Spot on comment. Under Wilder we regularly fail to score enough goals and its a simple fact, indisputable. Yes we (on very rare occasions) get a hatful but thats usually to nil. We always struggle against half decent teams and they are the ones you have to beat to succeed, beating the Barnets of this Division isnt enough, we have to have a team capable of beating the Southends and Fleetwoods if we are to have a hope of the play offs and this season we dont. its a very depressing time to be an OUFC supporter, in 50 plus years i really havent known anything so sad, but neither do i remember OU employing a person convicted of causing the death of children before. Richard Wickson
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9:22pm Sat 2 Feb 13

adlibber says...

Wilder needs to go Lenagan needs to make his mind up whether he wants in or out of the club. Beachump Monkey is slow minded Scummy Troll
Wilder needs to go Lenagan needs to make his mind up whether he wants in or out of the club. Beachump Monkey is slow minded Scummy Troll adlibber
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10:57pm Sat 2 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
foxvox wrote:
Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.
Go and support bracelet then and plz don't come back we don't need pr--kis like u
A twerp of the finest degree.

Take a look at an average fourth division side and say what you see, great support who spend there hard earned cash on there club and get nothing back, even next year it will be five different shirts in five years, were (unfortunately) at best a mid division outfit, no speed, no tactics, no ability to take even 10% of the chances makes us a dull team.

Oxford City are loving it.
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]foxvox[/bold] wrote: Oxford "deserved at least a point for their efforts" no they didn't, to get at least a point you have to score as many or more goals than the opposition. Week after week we hear what Oxford deserve, unfortunately they get what they deserve. I love Potter, he's a trier, but he is not a finisher and nor are any of the other woeful lot excluding Constable. We haven't a hope in hell of reaching the play-offs, I am sick of seeing more losses and draws than wins at home, if nothing else happens this season at least get that right or my season ticket will not be renewed, I live within walking distance of a side that has quality at their level and regularly wins at home, at least Brackley Town won't depress me.[/p][/quote]Go and support bracelet then and plz don't come back we don't need pr--kis like u[/p][/quote]A twerp of the finest degree. Take a look at an average fourth division side and say what you see, great support who spend there hard earned cash on there club and get nothing back, even next year it will be five different shirts in five years, were (unfortunately) at best a mid division outfit, no speed, no tactics, no ability to take even 10% of the chances makes us a dull team. Oxford City are loving it. BigAlBiker
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12:04am Sun 3 Feb 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

Decent performance today. Could so easily have won away at promotion chasing southend. Lots of hope for the rest of the season. COYY
Decent performance today. Could so easily have won away at promotion chasing southend. Lots of hope for the rest of the season. COYY BenkiuGuasu
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7:16am Sun 3 Feb 13

oldun says...

12 points off 3rd place - we can do make 3rd COYY
12 points off 3rd place - we can do make 3rd COYY oldun
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7:18am Sun 3 Feb 13

oldun says...

oldun wrote:
12 points off 3rd place - we can do make 3rd COYY
Durrr! one kinder word kinder too like many , like , there, like . Early morning - where are those tablets?
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: 12 points off 3rd place - we can do make 3rd COYY[/p][/quote]Durrr! one kinder word kinder too like many , like , there, like . Early morning - where are those tablets? oldun
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10:11am Sun 3 Feb 13

Magiltonmagic. says...

Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?
Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season? Magiltonmagic.
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11:56am Sun 3 Feb 13

oldun says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?
Many many many good ex managers are out of work. Anyone could name dozens - so could you.
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?[/p][/quote]Many many many good ex managers are out of work. Anyone could name dozens - so could you. oldun
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12:36pm Sun 3 Feb 13

adlibber says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?
Possibly a better question would be to ask why you support Wilder despite his failings? You seem to offer no alternative to the mediocrity that Wilder has overseen for four years.
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?[/p][/quote]Possibly a better question would be to ask why you support Wilder despite his failings? You seem to offer no alternative to the mediocrity that Wilder has overseen for four years. adlibber
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12:43pm Sun 3 Feb 13

oldun says...

adlibber wrote:
Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?
Possibly a better question would be to ask why you support Wilder despite his failings? You seem to offer no alternative to the mediocrity that Wilder has overseen for four years.
Hear hear. CW - six out of ten - took us the third in the Conference (not as high as in our first season) . He has had plenty of time - much longer than many with his record
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Can I ask all the anti-Wilder brigade, who would you have as manager?And as for the comment about Brackley, Didnt City take 4 points off them this season?[/p][/quote]Possibly a better question would be to ask why you support Wilder despite his failings? You seem to offer no alternative to the mediocrity that Wilder has overseen for four years.[/p][/quote]Hear hear. CW - six out of ten - took us the third in the Conference (not as high as in our first season) . He has had plenty of time - much longer than many with his record oldun
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1:43pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Magiltonmagic. says...

Many good out of work managers about, If they are so good why are they out of work? Again you can't or won't come up with a name, CW is going to go if not at the end of this then early next that's a given, Under CW our league position has improved each season that is fact. ok not as much as we or he would have liked but fact all the same.He has been told time and again to play 442 which by and large he has done for months and it's also been said on here he has no plan B yet when he changes things like last week when he went from 343 to 442 he gets called the tinkerman! Yes he has made mistakes, Have'nt you in your work? IMO he made a big one yesterday taking Rigg off and leaving Potter on who again IMO is just like Yemi, lots of pace but no brain. If you want to blame anyone for the state we are in then lay it at Kassams door not CW or IL.
Many good out of work managers about, If they are so good why are they out of work? Again you can't or won't come up with a name, CW is going to go if not at the end of this then early next that's a given, Under CW our league position has improved each season that is fact. ok not as much as we or he would have liked but fact all the same.He has been told time and again to play 442 which by and large he has done for months and it's also been said on here he has no plan B yet when he changes things like last week when he went from 343 to 442 he gets called the tinkerman! Yes he has made mistakes, Have'nt you in your work? IMO he made a big one yesterday taking Rigg off and leaving Potter on who again IMO is just like Yemi, lots of pace but no brain. If you want to blame anyone for the state we are in then lay it at Kassams door not CW or IL. Magiltonmagic.
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2:45pm Sun 3 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

I blame BOTH Wilder and Kassam, one for being an average conferance manager and the other for being a rip off merchant.

Either way we don't want them influencing our football team.
I blame BOTH Wilder and Kassam, one for being an average conferance manager and the other for being a rip off merchant. Either way we don't want them influencing our football team. BigAlBiker
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3:04pm Sun 3 Feb 13

oldun says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Many good out of work managers about, If they are so good why are they out of work? Again you can't or won't come up with a name, CW is going to go if not at the end of this then early next that's a given, Under CW our league position has improved each season that is fact. ok not as much as we or he would have liked but fact all the same.He has been told time and again to play 442 which by and large he has done for months and it's also been said on here he has no plan B yet when he changes things like last week when he went from 343 to 442 he gets called the tinkerman! Yes he has made mistakes, Have'nt you in your work? IMO he made a big one yesterday taking Rigg off and leaving Potter on who again IMO is just like Yemi, lots of pace but no brain. If you want to blame anyone for the state we are in then lay it at Kassams door not CW or IL.
Because there is a limited number of jobs!!
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Many good out of work managers about, If they are so good why are they out of work? Again you can't or won't come up with a name, CW is going to go if not at the end of this then early next that's a given, Under CW our league position has improved each season that is fact. ok not as much as we or he would have liked but fact all the same.He has been told time and again to play 442 which by and large he has done for months and it's also been said on here he has no plan B yet when he changes things like last week when he went from 343 to 442 he gets called the tinkerman! Yes he has made mistakes, Have'nt you in your work? IMO he made a big one yesterday taking Rigg off and leaving Potter on who again IMO is just like Yemi, lots of pace but no brain. If you want to blame anyone for the state we are in then lay it at Kassams door not CW or IL.[/p][/quote]Because there is a limited number of jobs!! oldun
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4:20pm Sun 3 Feb 13

The Manager says...

The only Yellows striker to score yesterday was none other than Tyrone Marsh on his debut for Staines at Bath. Another fantastic decision from Wilder a manager who is clueless. Rather bring in a striker who has played over thirty games without scoring and also does not look like a team player rather than give a lad the chance who when he came on at Burton earlier in the season showed real promise. As long as Wilder is here as manager we are going nowhere. Who should replace him at least a person who does his homework on players and only signs players who are prepared to give their all for Oxford which you are not seeing at the moment.. For me its good luck and goodbye Mr. Wilder you may have done your best but its not good enough for Oxford
The only Yellows striker to score yesterday was none other than Tyrone Marsh on his debut for Staines at Bath. Another fantastic decision from Wilder a manager who is clueless. Rather bring in a striker who has played over thirty games without scoring and also does not look like a team player rather than give a lad the chance who when he came on at Burton earlier in the season showed real promise. As long as Wilder is here as manager we are going nowhere. Who should replace him at least a person who does his homework on players and only signs players who are prepared to give their all for Oxford which you are not seeing at the moment.. For me its good luck and goodbye Mr. Wilder you may have done your best but its not good enough for Oxford The Manager
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4:30pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Megastar07 says...

Sort it Chris
Come on o brien , he's third rate at best
Capaldi much better
Please your decisions are terrible at mo ie marsh loan etc etc
Just listen to us lot we pay your wages
No us no club
Sort it Chris Come on o brien , he's third rate at best Capaldi much better Please your decisions are terrible at mo ie marsh loan etc etc Just listen to us lot we pay your wages No us no club Megastar07
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4:56pm Sun 3 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

The Manager wrote:
The only Yellows striker to score yesterday was none other than Tyrone Marsh on his debut for Staines at Bath. Another fantastic decision from Wilder a manager who is clueless. Rather bring in a striker who has played over thirty games without scoring and also does not look like a team player rather than give a lad the chance who when he came on at Burton earlier in the season showed real promise. As long as Wilder is here as manager we are going nowhere. Who should replace him at least a person who does his homework on players and only signs players who are prepared to give their all for Oxford which you are not seeing at the moment.. For me its good luck and goodbye Mr. Wilder you may have done your best but its not good enough for Oxford
Exactly, Tyrone is ready NOW, that Josh Parker has played 28 games in all and never scored, Tyrone has one in one, dumbass Wilder sends him out, now all CW is doing is playing ostrich, sticking his head in the sand.

Wilder, go now and get employment elsewhere, lets get a younger manager with ambition.
[quote][p][bold]The Manager[/bold] wrote: The only Yellows striker to score yesterday was none other than Tyrone Marsh on his debut for Staines at Bath. Another fantastic decision from Wilder a manager who is clueless. Rather bring in a striker who has played over thirty games without scoring and also does not look like a team player rather than give a lad the chance who when he came on at Burton earlier in the season showed real promise. As long as Wilder is here as manager we are going nowhere. Who should replace him at least a person who does his homework on players and only signs players who are prepared to give their all for Oxford which you are not seeing at the moment.. For me its good luck and goodbye Mr. Wilder you may have done your best but its not good enough for Oxford[/p][/quote]Exactly, Tyrone is ready NOW, that Josh Parker has played 28 games in all and never scored, Tyrone has one in one, dumbass Wilder sends him out, now all CW is doing is playing ostrich, sticking his head in the sand. Wilder, go now and get employment elsewhere, lets get a younger manager with ambition. BigAlBiker
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4:56pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Magiltonmagic. says...

Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?
Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure? Magiltonmagic.
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5:29pm Sun 3 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?
Not all managers get the sack because there useless, I can't begin to list the ex Chelsea managers, Paul Dickov today, Owen Coyle, Harry Redknapp, it does not matter in which division a manager does his work the Chairman will always sack him before any player, about time Lenegan did it up the Kassam.
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?[/p][/quote]Not all managers get the sack because there useless, I can't begin to list the ex Chelsea managers, Paul Dickov today, Owen Coyle, Harry Redknapp, it does not matter in which division a manager does his work the Chairman will always sack him before any player, about time Lenegan did it up the Kassam. BigAlBiker
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5:48pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

Wilder has his own way of managing which is probably right and proper if he wasnt a Football Club manager, however in this job its very much result driven and overall his results dont stand up very well, look at the records as i have if you doubt me, yes i know there are those that will be eternally gratefull he got us out of the dreaded BSP, i was pleased myself, but we now need to kick on. We have a very poor goals for and against under CW and its this that hampers progress, he has (or had) speciallist goalkeeping, defence and midfield coaches so why not at the front? Even Beano doesnt convert enough chances, Craddock poses a lot but doesnt convince, Richards record at Burton wasnt bad but here, like Midson before him he doesnt fit the style of play, its a problem that must be solved and until it is progress will not be made, no matter who the personnel we have here until this problem is solved we wont score enough, we could (if money was available) bring in a Championship Striker and sadly the lack of goals wont improve we need someone whether it be another assistant coach or a new manager to help solve this most important of all problems. We need goals to succeed.
Wilder has his own way of managing which is probably right and proper if he wasnt a Football Club manager, however in this job its very much result driven and overall his results dont stand up very well, look at the records as i have if you doubt me, yes i know there are those that will be eternally gratefull he got us out of the dreaded BSP, i was pleased myself, but we now need to kick on. We have a very poor goals for and against under CW and its this that hampers progress, he has (or had) speciallist goalkeeping, defence and midfield coaches so why not at the front? Even Beano doesnt convert enough chances, Craddock poses a lot but doesnt convince, Richards record at Burton wasnt bad but here, like Midson before him he doesnt fit the style of play, its a problem that must be solved and until it is progress will not be made, no matter who the personnel we have here until this problem is solved we wont score enough, we could (if money was available) bring in a Championship Striker and sadly the lack of goals wont improve we need someone whether it be another assistant coach or a new manager to help solve this most important of all problems. We need goals to succeed. Richard Wickson
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6:04pm Sun 3 Feb 13

oldun says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?
Again - some really great managers have had the sack - even among ours Jim Smith and Arthur Turner (Birmingham) , Ian Greaves (Bolton) - Bobby Robson experienced the sack - ditto Brian Clough - ditto Howard Kendall - the list is endless. Having been sacked is experienced by the vast majority of successful managers . How silly of you - with respect !
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?[/p][/quote]Again - some really great managers have had the sack - even among ours Jim Smith and Arthur Turner (Birmingham) , Ian Greaves (Bolton) - Bobby Robson experienced the sack - ditto Brian Clough - ditto Howard Kendall - the list is endless. Having been sacked is experienced by the vast majority of successful managers . How silly of you - with respect ! oldun
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8:20pm Sun 3 Feb 13

RocketMan says...

How many times do we see this? Oxford have control and possession, but are short on the trigger and unable to press home superior advantage? So instead of punishing teams, even thinking one nil is enough for us, which it isn't, the opponents, grow in confidence and kick us in to touch in the closing minutes of the game! This is the difference between promotion, and not going up, and is the difference in staying up if we were to get there. Why are we so shot shy. We want to walk the back into the net. Fine if it works, but given that rugby in now played at the Kassm, perhaps we need to think carefully about the tactics and which team members can deliver the goods, now and in the Summer?
How many times do we see this? Oxford have control and possession, but are short on the trigger and unable to press home superior advantage? So instead of punishing teams, even thinking one nil is enough for us, which it isn't, the opponents, grow in confidence and kick us in to touch in the closing minutes of the game! This is the difference between promotion, and not going up, and is the difference in staying up if we were to get there. Why are we so shot shy. We want to walk the back into the net. Fine if it works, but given that rugby in now played at the Kassm, perhaps we need to think carefully about the tactics and which team members can deliver the goods, now and in the Summer? RocketMan
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6:27am Mon 4 Feb 13

adlibber says...

Magiltonmagic. wrote:
Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?
Answer the question MM why are you so keen on Wilder given he's had over 4 years at the club one promotion and 3 seasons of mid table mediocrity in the lowest league? Wilder has learnt very little since our promotion - he's made so many poor signings and he's never had a plan B despite your argument on this. I don't get how Wilder got away without criticism for last season's dreadful end where we limped out of play offs with a team that couldn't win any of its last 7 games. Yet here you are blindly defending Wilder as he repeats the same mistakes. Your argument about sacked managers is ridiculous - look at Mickey Adams he's been sacked several times yet look what he's done to Port Vale (again)? Same for Martin Allen at Gillingham they know what it takes to get out of this division Wilder clearly doesn't.

He's had his day and he needs to go - The only thing that could save him is promotion and I really can't see it happening now we are not good enough. As ever I'm happy to be proved wrong but given how Wilder simply can't adapt I'm not preparing an 'sorry Mr Wilder I got it wrong' message just yet.
[quote][p][bold]Magiltonmagic.[/bold] wrote: Oldun,Again IF these managers were as good as you say why are they out of work? Could it be it's because they were sacked from their previous jobs for failiure?[/p][/quote]Answer the question MM why are you so keen on Wilder given he's had over 4 years at the club one promotion and 3 seasons of mid table mediocrity in the lowest league? Wilder has learnt very little since our promotion - he's made so many poor signings and he's never had a plan B despite your argument on this. I don't get how Wilder got away without criticism for last season's dreadful end where we limped out of play offs with a team that couldn't win any of its last 7 games. Yet here you are blindly defending Wilder as he repeats the same mistakes. Your argument about sacked managers is ridiculous - look at Mickey Adams he's been sacked several times yet look what he's done to Port Vale (again)? Same for Martin Allen at Gillingham they know what it takes to get out of this division Wilder clearly doesn't. He's had his day and he needs to go - The only thing that could save him is promotion and I really can't see it happening now we are not good enough. As ever I'm happy to be proved wrong but given how Wilder simply can't adapt I'm not preparing an 'sorry Mr Wilder I got it wrong' message just yet. adlibber
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6:35am Mon 4 Feb 13

oldun says...

If we are in the 4th division next season then he must go before then - losing a play off final would not be good enough (at least a dozen managers who could have taken us up will be available TO US by June) . Get that third place - the team turned round sensationally in 1995-96 .
If we are in the 4th division next season then he must go before then - losing a play off final would not be good enough (at least a dozen managers who could have taken us up will be available TO US by June) . Get that third place - the team turned round sensationally in 1995-96 . oldun
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7:43am Mon 4 Feb 13

hawkeye1 says...

If Oxford stay true to form, as in the past we will see Tyrone Marsh let go
and not given a contract, then some other club will sign him, he will then
improve to a point where a big club comes in for him, and Oxford lose out having let him go...again, at least Oldun and myself can look back at the good old days, when you could go up the Manor with the confidence that we were going to win.
If Oxford stay true to form, as in the past we will see Tyrone Marsh let go and not given a contract, then some other club will sign him, he will then improve to a point where a big club comes in for him, and Oxford lose out having let him go...again, at least Oldun and myself can look back at the good old days, when you could go up the Manor with the confidence that we were going to win. hawkeye1
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8:16am Mon 4 Feb 13

foxvox says...

Apart from the bit about Brackley (like a fool I'll be buying an Oxford season ticket next season whatever happens) I stand by everything I said, and most people seem to agree. I am not anti-Wilder but it's his team and continues to make the same mistakes. Free kicks and corners are badly defended and rarely taken advantage of, nobody on the posts at corners, not enough chances taken, failure to shoot on sight and poor crosses. These are things that can be coached and he's not doing it. Marsh - he was not given enough chances, when he came on at Leeds he was brilliant, since then he has never been given a run and the people brought in to cover that position have done nothing, Parker looks terrible, Richards doesn't seem to fit in. The important thing now is just to get to 50 points and safety, that's not being negative, just realistic.
Apart from the bit about Brackley (like a fool I'll be buying an Oxford season ticket next season whatever happens) I stand by everything I said, and most people seem to agree. I am not anti-Wilder but it's his team and continues to make the same mistakes. Free kicks and corners are badly defended and rarely taken advantage of, nobody on the posts at corners, not enough chances taken, failure to shoot on sight and poor crosses. These are things that can be coached and he's not doing it. Marsh - he was not given enough chances, when he came on at Leeds he was brilliant, since then he has never been given a run and the people brought in to cover that position have done nothing, Parker looks terrible, Richards doesn't seem to fit in. The important thing now is just to get to 50 points and safety, that's not being negative, just realistic. foxvox
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7:21pm Mon 4 Feb 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

If you all hate swindon clap your hands.... *clap clap clap*
If you all hate swindon clap your hands.... *clap clap clap* BenkiuGuasu
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6:42am Tue 5 Feb 13

adlibber says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
If you all hate swindon clap your hands.... *clap clap clap*
A Swindon troll with the IQ of a brick is so dumb he thinks pretending to hate his own team will convince oxford fans he's one of them - you are beyond help Binbag. .I'm still laughing at DiCanio's drama queen stint...
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: If you all hate swindon clap your hands.... *clap clap clap*[/p][/quote]A Swindon troll with the IQ of a brick is so dumb he thinks pretending to hate his own team will convince oxford fans he's one of them - you are beyond help Binbag. .I'm still laughing at DiCanio's drama queen stint... adlibber
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6:57am Tue 5 Feb 13

oldun says...

Wycombe fortunes turned round by a rookie manager - win at Gills - level with us on points - and rising fast. COYY.
Wycombe fortunes turned round by a rookie manager - win at Gills - level with us on points - and rising fast. COYY. oldun
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1:26pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Doctor69 says...

Been saying it all season. Wilder should have gone in the summer after the pathetic end of season collapse.
Same old excuses, rehashed, time and time again. Injuries, bad luck, refs, etc. It’s never his fault though is it? Even though, he picks the team, and signed the players in the first place.
It isn’t our position as fans to name the next manager, however, it is our right to voice our displeasure with the current regime.....and it seems more, and more fans are fed up of the dross served up on such a regular basis.

Wilder out.
Been saying it all season. Wilder should have gone in the summer after the pathetic end of season collapse. Same old excuses, rehashed, time and time again. Injuries, bad luck, refs, etc. It’s never his fault though is it? Even though, he picks the team, and signed the players in the first place. It isn’t our position as fans to name the next manager, however, it is our right to voice our displeasure with the current regime.....and it seems more, and more fans are fed up of the dross served up on such a regular basis. Wilder out. Doctor69
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8:43pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Mac27 says...

ill give u one name michael dubery!
ill give u one name michael dubery! Mac27
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9:10am Thu 7 Feb 13

Mark the Printer says...

IF Chris Wilder were to go, then to appoint Michael Duberry would be an absolute disaster. There would be far better candidates out there with a sound knowledge of league 1, 2 and BSP players and more experience of man management. The Chairman and management have not seen fit to give Dubes the Club Captaincy so I very much doubt that he would be considered for management. Still, what do I know. But, looking back over history, old -players stepping up to management are not usually the answer. Malcolm Shotts for example. I sill think the Chairman might keep Chris Wilder on for another season although if he doesn't give Ty Marsh a new contract then he should face public execution in Broad Street. There would however, I am sure, be no addiion to the Martyr's Memorial. !!
IF Chris Wilder were to go, then to appoint Michael Duberry would be an absolute disaster. There would be far better candidates out there with a sound knowledge of league 1, 2 and BSP players and more experience of man management. The Chairman and management have not seen fit to give Dubes the Club Captaincy so I very much doubt that he would be considered for management. Still, what do I know. But, looking back over history, old -players stepping up to management are not usually the answer. Malcolm Shotts for example. I sill think the Chairman might keep Chris Wilder on for another season although if he doesn't give Ty Marsh a new contract then he should face public execution in Broad Street. There would however, I am sure, be no addiion to the Martyr's Memorial. !! Mark the Printer
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