Oxford MailNow it's time to get tough, says United boss Waddock (From Oxford Mail)

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    oxcidental wrote:
    Week in week out we continue to watch players who cannot pass to each other particularly on the ground.We continually pump high hopeful balls to our forwards giving them no chance to influence the game.Our midfield play is so slow and therefore easy for opponents to get men behind the ball and snuff out any danger.Very few goals have been scored from set plays in recent seasons,we appear to be unable to create consistant pressure in any shape or form.I have never been a fan of Smalley but to cheer his substitution does nothing for the team.I cannot see us reaching the play offs but hope we can develop a team that can entertain us with quick,fluid movement creating lots of chances and above all entertaining the fans.I have been watching united since 1959 mostly as a season ticket holder and have seen many highs and lows and look forward to next season with many new players who are prepared to wear the shirt with pride.Most of the current squad appear to spend more time writing articles for the OM than getting on with their job
    Like you I have been around the club since 1959 and cannot remember having gone through such a poor period as the past ten years. You make a lots of good points and hopefully the owner, manager and players will read your post and take it all on board. The club and us fans deserve players who will wear the shirt with pride and above all play passing football. I yearn for a return to the Arthur Turner days when we had a team that played for each other and the club but seriously doubt whether we will ever get that again as people in general don't seem to have a lot of loyalty or decency in this day and age. OU fans excepted of course!"
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Now it's time to get tough, says United boss Waddock

Oxford Mail: 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

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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