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  • "What's most annoying is players coming on here bemoaning they made mistakes, we all make mistakes at times but not week in week out. Normally when we make mistakes we put them right, for some reason our players can't do this. Talk is very easy, just put it right.

    We're going down the same old road, we get ourselves in a great position in the league and somehow throw it away. Happens almost every season. Why is this? Is it because as some think, the club doesn't actually want promotion or do we have players who don't understand the meaning of ambition - surely if you're player you'd want to play your best, go up the leagues or even attract other teams to have interest in you. It's not like working in a car factory!

    The whole thing is a shambles at the moment, we need a new manager to motivate the team, weve needed a prolific striker for about three seasons ( or is it just me!) someone who can get into double figures at least. The ground is an embrassment with a garden fence at one end - who in they're right mind ever thought that this is a ground fit for the 21st century, it's like a giant ugly shed - it's awful and a joke!

    The best thing about OUFC is the fans, we've got brilliant fans. Has it not occurred to the management that the more successful a team is the more fans you get, the more money you make!! By the way I think the players / management should refund the 'brilliant' fans who wasted they're money travelling to Chesterfield, it's the least they can do.

    Sorry rant over."
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Weekend to forget as Oxford United hit new low + match highlights video

From left: Josh Ruffels, Ryan Clarke, Jake Wright and Tom Newey can’t believe it as Chesterfield take an early lead on Saturday. It was to prove the beginning of an afternoon to forget for Oxford United

From left: Josh Ruffels, Ryan Clarke, Jake Wright and Tom Newey can’t believe it as Chesterfield take an early lead on Saturday. It was to prove the beginning of an afternoon to forget for Oxford United

First published in Headlines Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

MICKEY Lewis insisted his focus was only on getting Oxford United back on track amid increasing agitation about the club’s search for a new manager.

Calls for action grew louder on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield, which saw Tom Newey and Michael Raynes sent off late on.

The U’s ended the game with eight men, as Johnny Mullins was stretchered off with a foot injury after all the substitutes had been used.

It left United winless in six games as their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs increasingly comes under threat.

The away fans on Saturday chanted for chairman Ian Lenagan to make a decision, seven weeks after Chris Wilder left the club.

United’s chairman was watching the game, but declined requests to comment on the situation.

Lewis, whose record as caretaker manager is two wins from 11 games, was only able to reiterate that his aims were on what happens on the pitch.

“I can’t keep stressing it enough, it’s not about me,” he said.

“People can have their opinions. I’m happy doing it, I want us to win the next game and that’s all that matters.”

United’s odds of taking something from the game lengthened significantly following a terrible start.

David Hunt and Deane Smalley gifted the league leaders a 2-0 lead, and Lewis was concerned by individual errors.

He said: “It’s got nothing to do with formation, or shape, or personnel, we just gave two awful goals away and it puts yourself on the back foot.

“If you’re playing top of the league and you’re 2-0 down after 15 minutes it’s always going to be difficult.”

Raynes was dismissed for two clumsy challenges, but Newey received a straight red card for a reckless tackle.

Lewis was disappointed and now faces a defensive headache for Friday’s home game against Hartlepool United, which Mullins is also likely to miss.

Lewis said: “It’s a poor challenge by Tommy and as an experienced player it shouldn’t happen.

“It’s frustration and people lacking in confidence.”

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