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    newoxford wrote:
    this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster...
    Wilder was not hounded out, he signed a one year contract in good faith but as the year wore on realised his commitment to his family was more important than his commitment to his employer, that is perfectly understandable and most of us wage slaves will move on when we can to get more job security and / or a bigger pay packet. He had got the players playing solid football away from home based on rock solid defence and at home we were playing poor football and when we ventured forward at his behest we were picked off and had goals scored against us with regularity. This team has never been a good team and when left in the charge of Lewis and Melville quickly evaporated into individuals that don't even seem to recognise each other let alone train together. Usually when a new manager comes in a team has a bit of a lift but so far Waddock has been unable to inspire the team, players that looked half decent a few short months ago now look unfit and uninterested and those that appear fit just run round like headless chickens. We have no midfield or forwards worth their wage and even the defence has collapsed. The squad was and is too small to withstand a full season and as other teams at the top have strengthened to go for the final push we have been inactive and fallen away alarmingly. We really shouldn't be surprised, Wilder probably realised and didn't expect to have his contract renewed so put his fiamily first, I for one can't blame him!"
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Waddock backs Oxford United to halt the slide

Oxford Mail: Gary Waddock Gary Waddock

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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