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  • "This is not a dig at any Oxford United fan as I know passion is what this great club has always been built on, this is why us as fans want to see some on a pitch and why we get so frustrated when its just not there. Blaming Waddock isn't the thing to do though, he has taken over a club that has only won 2 of there last 13 games. Yes he has been in charge for 3 of those and we haven't even scored a goal but it lie's deeper than the last 3 games. I am starting to question if the players are actually good enough. it's up to them now to show the passion that we show and prove to us that they do care about our future and theirs. Clarke, Wright, Whing and Beanno, that's the core of the side with some passion now lets have it from the rest. Worse case at least give us a goal to cheer!!! Yellllllooooowwwwss!
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Oxford United defender Newey says: It's down to us

Tom Newey

Tom Newey

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

TOM Newey has urged everyone to reserve judgement on Oxford United until the end of the season as they attempt to get back on track at Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

It is the first time this season they will go into a game outside the top seven in Sky Bet League Two.

United have fallen out of the play-off places after picking up just five points from their last ten games and urgently need to stop the rot against a Plymouth side just one point behind and with promotion ambitions of their own.

The poor run has led to plenty of criticism, both from the terraces and the media, but Newey insists with their target still within reach, this is not the time for assessment.

The full back said: “The end of the season is the be-all and end-all.

“If we attain our objective, it doesn’t matter how we got there. If we don’t, then criticism will come and we’ll have to take it.

“But we’re confident we can still do enough to get over the line.”

United’s head coach Gary Waddock called for his side to be tougher mentally in the wake of last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

Newey, who returned against the Cod Army after serving a three-game suspension, feels the squad should have no complaints about dropping out of the play-off positions and knows they are the only ones who can halt the slide.

The left back said: “Confidence is low – we’ve been under-performing for the last couple of months, but we’re all professionals, we get paid to do a job and we’re all grown men.

“We have to have big enough shoulders to take criticism when it comes.

“We have enough experience in the dressing room and we should be dealing with it better.

“No-one shies away from the fact that it’s up to us as players to put it right.”

United’s fate is still very much in their own hands and after facing Plymouth, in ninth, they host York City, who have leapfrogged them into the top seven.

Newey added: “I can’t see York and Plymouth getting maximum points.

“We haven’t won in a while, so if we can put a little run of three or four wins together, that will be enough.

“It’s a matter of doing it, words are easy to say and I’d rather do the talking on the pitch.”

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