United boss Lewis is left fuming

Oxford United players cannot believe it as Morecambe snatch an injury-time equaliser at the Globe Arena on Saturday, to the sheer delight of home keeper Barry Roche, who had gone forward for the last-gasp corner

Oxford United players cannot believe it as Morecambe snatch an injury-time equaliser at the Globe Arena on Saturday, to the sheer delight of home keeper Barry Roche, who had gone forward for the last-gasp corner

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Oxford United caretaker manager Mickey Lewis was furious after a stoppage-time equaliser cost the U’s two crucial points in the battle for promotion.

The visitors led for almost 80 minutes thanks to David Connolly’s razor-sharp instincts in front of goal.

But just as at Bristol Rovers a fortnight earlier, United were forced backwards in the closing stages and were pegged back for a 1-1 draw.

Robbie Threlfall was adjudged to have forced the ball over the line after the visitors failed to clear a 91st-minute corner.

It was a big blow to Lewis, whose side dropped out of the top three as a result.

“I’ll be honest, I’m fuming. I’m not happy at all,” he said.

“I think we should have come away with three points, definitely.

“We were a goal ahead and I just thought in the last 20 minutes we didn’t impose ourselves on the game.

“We should’ve done better going forward, we had good possession and we gave it away too cheaply.”

He added: “We didn’t win enough headers or enough tackles in the last 20 minutes.

“I was fairly happy up to that point. I always felt we could go and get another goal, especially as the game went on because Morecambe were going to press even more for an equaliser.

“We just seemed to put ourselves on the back foot with some bad decisions.”

Not for the first time in his four weeks in charge, Lewis’ teamsheet revealed some surprises.

Midfielder Scott Davies was given the task of replacing the suspended Tom Newey at left back.

It was part of a back four which saw Sam Long handed his senior debut at centre half, while right back Matt Bevans was given a rest.

Lewis said: “Matt Bevans has been really good, but he’s a young kid who has played six games on the trot and sometimes youngsters need a breather.

“We didn’t think young David (Lynn) was quite ready yet, although he’s improving.

“I thought Scotty did a decent enough job at left back and Sam Long was excellent on his (full) debut.”

With seven first-team players unavailable a draw was not a disaster, although Lewis thought it would take until today to draw some positives from the result.

He said: “Probably come Monday morning I will do, but at the moment, no.”

Deane Smalley and Dave Kitson both missed the game with minor hamstring injuries, but Lewis hopes the pair will be available for Saturday’s visit to Rochdale.

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6:40pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Eraser says...

I'm going to give you my crystal ball reading..
IL will not appoint a new manager this season. He will appoint one after the end of season when he knows what league we're in.
IL will not renew Beano's contract before the end of the season. If we're in League 2 he'll offer him a year - League 1 and he's gone.

I get the feeling IL being a shrewd business man is quite rightly biding his time.
If I'm right please contact me for the lottery numbers...:-)
I'm going to give you my crystal ball reading.. IL will not appoint a new manager this season. He will appoint one after the end of season when he knows what league we're in. IL will not renew Beano's contract before the end of the season. If we're in League 2 he'll offer him a year - League 1 and he's gone. I get the feeling IL being a shrewd business man is quite rightly biding his time. If I'm right please contact me for the lottery numbers...:-) Eraser
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8:09pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Richard Wickson says...

Eraser wrote:
I'm going to give you my crystal ball reading..
IL will not appoint a new manager this season. He will appoint one after the end of season when he knows what league we're in.
IL will not renew Beano's contract before the end of the season. If we're in League 2 he'll offer him a year - League 1 and he's gone.

I get the feeling IL being a shrewd business man is quite rightly biding his time.
If I'm right please contact me for the lottery numbers...:-)
You may well be right but I think we are ideally placed for Promotion this season and we may not be next season. Surely IL being a shrewd business man can see that so the present situation needs capitalising on, a new Manager now would revitalise the squad and also give him time to evaluate things as to who and what he needs for next season. Mickey isn't doing a bad job but we do need fresh ideas to boost our Promotion drive, the opportunity is there, we need to drive on and take it, to miss out this season would be totally unpalatable!
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: I'm going to give you my crystal ball reading.. IL will not appoint a new manager this season. He will appoint one after the end of season when he knows what league we're in. IL will not renew Beano's contract before the end of the season. If we're in League 2 he'll offer him a year - League 1 and he's gone. I get the feeling IL being a shrewd business man is quite rightly biding his time. If I'm right please contact me for the lottery numbers...:-)[/p][/quote]You may well be right but I think we are ideally placed for Promotion this season and we may not be next season. Surely IL being a shrewd business man can see that so the present situation needs capitalising on, a new Manager now would revitalise the squad and also give him time to evaluate things as to who and what he needs for next season. Mickey isn't doing a bad job but we do need fresh ideas to boost our Promotion drive, the opportunity is there, we need to drive on and take it, to miss out this season would be totally unpalatable! Richard Wickson
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8:53pm Mon 24 Feb 14

BicesterBod says...

It's the end of February, I think it's now too late to bring in a new manager who will want to change things around and be expected to get promotion this season. I predict IL will keep ML in place and hope for the best regarding promotion. By the way, I also predict Ox will not make it in the automatic promo race but will instead just cling on by fingertips inside the play- off zone!
It's the end of February, I think it's now too late to bring in a new manager who will want to change things around and be expected to get promotion this season. I predict IL will keep ML in place and hope for the best regarding promotion. By the way, I also predict Ox will not make it in the automatic promo race but will instead just cling on by fingertips inside the play- off zone! BicesterBod
  • Score: 2

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