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    LeGod wrote:
    Waddock is taking you one place down the league your chairman appointed the wrong bloke its too late to revive the players they have had it you look so bad as a side watching you for the few minutes i could bear to watch against Southend you looked like a conference side and that is where Waddock will take you but as i said yesterday he will be sacked before Xmas anyway and then you will start again.
    A cheap appointment and if your chairman so called had over 50 applicants for the job is says alot about the rest of the applicants by appointing Waddock or more likely his wages were the lowest and he went for him as opposed to a better manager.
    Still as a fan of a team in Red and White not that far away from you lot its great to see all your comments on your team and how bad you are saying you are.
    Just think your other per hate Luton will be up there with you next season and i predict now they will hit top 7 and leave you behind struggling in L2.
    Can't argue with most of that, still, no matter how poor a football team we have
    and how crap a stadium we pay exorbitant rent for- it's comforting to know there are others worse off, Oxford or Pig Hill? Hmmm :)"
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Waddock backs Oxford United to halt the slide

Gary Waddock

Gary Waddock

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

Gary Waddock is hoping that dropping out of the play-off positions will be the shock Oxford United’s players need to halt their slump.

A 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town last Saturday saw the U’s drop out of Sky Bet League Two’s top seven for the first time this season.

They are only a point behind York City, who leapfrogged them with a goalless draw at Rochdale, but United’s form is bleak.

A return of five points from the last ten games is the worst in the division and with just five fixtures remaining, there is little time to arrest the slide.

Waddock admitted the players were “devastated” by the latest setback, but felt coming out of the spotlight could help a squad which is desperately low on confidence.

“We’ll look at it and go ‘wow, now we have to turn up’,” the U’s head coach said.

“We won’t know until we see how they respond next week.

“In recent games we haven’t won, apart from the game here against Hartlepool, but before and after that, possibly the players have been looking over their shoulder.

“We are out of it now, so let’s go and chase them down.

“You’ve got to go and look at the positives, let’s see if York are mentally strong enough to deal with it.”

United’s task gets no easier this weekend, as they visit Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims are also hoping to break into the top seven and can close to within a point of the U’s with a win in their game in hand at Newport County tonight.

Waddock pointed to the experience of another side in the play-offs, Southend United, as a source of encouragement.

The Shrimpers went 12 games without a win, falling out of the top seven, but a 3-0 success against United last month has sparked them into a three-game winning run.

Waddock added: “One win in ten games is a poor run and that affects all of us.

“But you look at Southend and the run they went on – they pulled themselves out of it and we have to do the same.

“No-one is going to help us, we have to help ourselves.”

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