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    Bumble08 wrote:
    Why are we all blaming Waddock, yes it hasn't been great since he took over but look at the form before that. I too am annoyed that he hasn't had the desired effect on the team but all the negativity and saying the board should have done this or that doesn't help things. The players are clearly out of form and yes we should have reinforced in January or even a couple more loan players before the deadline, but we had a squad that got us up there and they should be good enough to have kept us up there!

    Hoping that we scrap the playoffs now and get to Wembley, not a team in form and maybe not the right guy at the top but at least lets get behind them till the end of the season and see where we go, nothing we can do now other than that. Come on you Yellows show the true fans that you are up for the task and play for your futures at our great club.
    Just seen a pig flying a helicopter, REMEMBER this bloke has been brought in to fail, otherwise out of 70 applicants why pick him.

    Arranging a coach to the last few home games at Northampton at least you know a WILDER team will give it a go, first coach almost full in needed will put another on./"
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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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