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    Sid Snakey wrote:
    We have completely and utterly self destructed.

    We had a perfectly good manager who had kept us in the top 7 since the START OF THE **** SEASON, with an UNBEATEN AWAY RECORD and who simply wanted a contract for next year.

    But no. The Muppets wanted him out. They promised us that anyone would be better than Wilder. They told us that Wilder was a "mill-stone around the neck of the club". They promised us a bright future if only we could get rid of that clueless moron. Some went even so far as to withdraw their support from the club and refuse to attend until Wilder left.

    Well here we are, Muppets. Out of the play-offs and looking like we won't win another game.

    I'm sorry to have to say this, but I think it's the truth:- Whilst we have some fantastic fans, we have too many absolute idiots who inflict damage to this club on a too-regular basis. They are not fans, they are not supporters. I don't know what their problem is exactly, maybe they are stuck in an 80's time warp.

    They are the fans who moan and scream at the players, who create the tense atmosphere at the stadium, and then wonder why the players looked totally different when playing away from home under Wilder.

    They are screaming their frustration now. Why? They got what they wanted!

    And cheering today when Smalley was substituted...absolu

    tely a player who clearly is terribly low on confidence.

    In days gone by I would try and encourage people to stick together, to get behind the players and the manager. But I know I'm wasting my breath. The Muppets have won, they now dominate in terms of the noise they make and the influence of their bile. They hate the players, they hate whoever is in charge. Just read Oldun's and BigAl's posts above.

    A club is not the ground, it's not the players or the manager or the Chairman, it's the fans. If I was Ian Lenegan I think I would probably see how this season pans out, then I would spend a couple of days in a dark room thinking about the sunk cost fallacy.
    The muppets are just as u say , muppets . Wilder left because the chairman was too slow again in offering him a contract, true some fans got on wilders back .
    At no point did this become a majority of supporters . Chris decided a 3.5 year deal at northampton was good for him and his family , and good luck to him.
    We are where we are now and that's not much better than the last 3 seasons ,with what I have seen at Bristol , Bury, Newport , Rochdale , Chesterfield , last week and today we are still a average league 2 side and on the odd occasion a good one.

    With a 5 year plan to get the club higher up the football league , questions need to be asked about the way the club is being run , especially in the areas
    of coaching , scouting and new players .
    Now Gary Waddock is going to need all the support from the club and fans to become successful ."
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Oxford Utd 0 Fleetwood Tn 2 (Ball 33, Sarcevic 52)

Oxford Utd 0 Fleetwood Tn 2 (Ball 33, Sarcevic 52)

Oxford Utd 0 Fleetwood Tn 2 (Ball 33, Sarcevic 52)

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

OXFORD United dropped out of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places for the first time this season as their poor run continued with a home defeat to Fleetwood Town.

There was little to choose between the sides before David Ball's close range finish on 33 minutes.

Antoni Sarcevic's stunning strike from a free-kick routine doubled the lead just after the break.

United, who suffered a third defeat in a row, struggled to create chances as visiting goalkeeper Chris Maxwell had a comfortable afternoon.

After two away games, it was Gary Waddock's first home game in charge.

The head coach made one change from the 1-0 defeat at Dagenham a week earlier, bringing back Tom Newey after suspension.

David Hunt reverted to right back as Matt Bevans dropped out.

Neither side was able to gain an upper hand in a tight opening half hour.

But Fleetwood, still in the hunt for automatic promotion, looked the more dangerous when they got into the final third.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke had to get down well to keep out a crisp, low drive from Sarcevic.

At the other end, Maxwell was almost caught out by David Connolly's shot on the turn from the edge of the box.

The Cod Army goalkeeper quickly readjusted to save what was United's only shot on target before the break.

There was plenty of effort from the hosts, but they lacked width as Ryan Williams frequently came in off the left flank looking for the ball.

Nathan Pond should have opened the scoring for the visitors on 18 minutes. The centre back rose unmarked to plant a header well wide, punching the turf in frustration.

The even pattern of the game continued until Fleetwood took the lead, just after the half hour mark.

Sarcevic swung in an excellent corner which was not dealt with, allowing Ball to bundle in from close range at the back post.

Oxford Mail:

David Ball hits home Fleetwood’s first goal as Nathan Pond cheers, leaving Andy Whing and Jake Wright deflated

The striker turned provider five minutes before the break, playing Iain Hume through on goal. The veteran should have made it 2-0, but his shot was too close to Clarke, who saved well.

United needed the interval to come quickly, as they wobbled defensively.

Clarke was called upon again, making a save with his legs to keep out Ball as a quickly-taken free-kick caught the hosts napping.

Half-time gave United an opportunity to regroup, but within seven minutes of the restart they fell further behind.

Josh Morris won a free-kick a yard outside the area, going down between Hunt and Scott Davies.

Fleetwood worked a routine which appeared to give Nicky Wroe, on as a substitute for Andy Whing, time to get out to block, but somehow Sarcevic smashed a shot past him and into the corner of the net.

Oxford Mail:

Antoni Sarcevic scores Fleetwood’s second goal from a free-kick as Nicky Wroe is too late to block the ball

Waddock's response was instant, replacing Connolly and Deane Smalley with James Constable and Dave Kitson.

It lifted the crowd and United looked more purposeful, without really stretching Fleetwood.

Clarke remained the busier of the two goalkeepers, making a fine stop to keep out the lively Hume after Conor McLaughlin's clever pass.

United enjoyed plenty of possession in the visitors' half during the final half hour.

Oxford Mail:

James Constable has a shot at goal, minutes after coming on in the second half

Fashioning chances continued to be a real problem, though, to the extent that when Nicky Wroe fired a shot from range off target many home fans rose to applaud.

Kitson also had a header saved late on, but Fleetwood never looked ruffled on the way to boosting their automatic promotion hopes.

For United, who have won just once in ten games, some inspiration is needed urgently.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Davies, Whing (Wroe ht), Ruffels, Connolly (Kitson 54), Smalley (Constable 54).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Rigg, Rose, Long.

Fleetwood: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Roberts, Taylor, Goodall, Blair, Sarcevic, Morris, Hume (Evans 76), Ball (Parkin 84).

Unused subs: Davies, Murdoch, Schumacher, Cresswell, Jordan.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Attendance: 5,679 (160 visitors).

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