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    cowleyman wrote:
    it now seems we have a manager/coach who has got some sense to sort this out.good luck to him.
    Yes he talks tough but, and it's a big but, can he actually turn the talk into action. At the moment this squad looks desperately short of confidence, not just the lack of goals for but the goals against is now as big a worry, he said had it not been for Clarke the deficit would have been greater, fact is Clarke is now not making the saves he did earlier in the season and I think it's due to the pressure he is now under due to the guys in front of him not doing their job well enough. The responsibility rests squarely on Lengans shoulders due to the fact he left the two goons in charge for far too long and results dropped and confidence evaporated. No matter what happens in the short term Lewis and Melville really must go at the end of the season and let Waddock bring in his own staff, unless he is allowed to choose his own team then we cannot fairly judge him. I am still surprised we were left so long on a poor run without replacing Wilder only to then get Waddock, he now has to assess just who he wants to keep for next season and I really don't think he will keep any outside the development lads, if he does then we face another poor season. The future doesn't look good, I am sorry to say but it doesn't look good at all. A lot of you will argue that we can't go from a good side, having been in the top 7 all season to a bad side in a few weeks, fact is we were never a good side. Had we been then we wouldn't have got so many poor results at home and would have been out of sight by the new year, Wilder knew in his heart that we wouldn't last the season so jumped ship, all we can now hope for is that Northampton are relegated before we face them on the last day of the season!"
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Now it's time to get tough, says United boss Waddock

United midfielder Scott Davies’s reaction at the final whistle against Fleetwood Town sums up the club’s slump in the Sky Bet League Two promotion race

United midfielder Scott Davies’s reaction at the final whistle against Fleetwood Town sums up the club’s slump in the Sky Bet League Two promotion race

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Gary Waddock demanded Oxford United to be mentally stronger as their wretched run was extended by a 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

It was a seventh loss in ten games and saw the club drop out of the top seven in Sky Bet League Two for the first time this season.

Fleetwood won the game with goals from David Ball and Antoni Sarcevic, but without some good work from U’s goalkeeper Ryan Clarke the margin of victory could easily have been wider.

Waddock was bitterly disappointed with the setback, which came in his first game in charge at the Kassam Stadium.

United’s head coach admitted the way the hosts fell away after going behind after an even opening half hour was a concern.

He said: “At the moment it’s become a habit, losing, and I don’t like that – we have to turn it around very quickly. The first 25 minutes we were in the game with Fleetwood.

“Then they scored and we were deflated, it really affected us.

“We haven’t got a lot of confidence at the moment and you could see that what we had drained out of us.

“We have to address that and be mentally stronger and we haven’t got a lot of time to put it right.”

Waddock was annoyed with Fleetwood’s opening goal, which came via a corner – something the side had been warned about.

But the new U’s boss acknowledged there were a host of different issues which need to be looked at on the training ground this week ahead of a crunch trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

He said: “We got a clean sheet here against Hartlepool, but how many goals have we scored?

“How many times have we worked their goalkeeper?

“How many times has he had to pull off a worldy of a save?

“Our goalkeeper at the moment is having to work extremely hard, so it’s a combination of a lot of things and obviously time is running out.”

United were not helped by an injury to Andy Whing, which forced him off at half-time.

The midfielder has only just returned after four months out with a groin problem.

Waddock was unable to give any detail on the injury, more of which may be known today, but after losing Alfie Potter to a knock before the previous game, it was another blow the squad can ill-afford.

He said: “You look at Alfie last Saturday and Whingy now, important players for the team and for the squad.

“At some stage our luck should turn, but it will only turn if you work hard enough.”

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