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  • "As London Ox rightly says our recent form is relegation form. Look back since Wilder went and our form clearly would have left us in trouble had we not been so well placed when he jumped from a ship he knew would sink. All season we haven't played well apart from a handful of games, we got away with it away from home because we were defensively secure and ground out some pretty dour wins, at home we were just poor, never looking like we deserved to be in the top half let alone the promotion places, we stayed there because the rest of the division were equally poor, but when the other top teams strengthened we stood still. I am well aware we had many key injuries despite the rugby league fitness methods introduced, that in itself proves you can't manage the two different types of player the same way. The club has been poorly run and poorly managed again this season, the chairman probably made the correct decision in handing Wilder only a one year contract renewal but then Wilder put his family first and fled into Northamptonshire open arms where his first quote was how good it felt to work for a good footballing chairman, an obvious knock at Lenagan. He, Lenagan, is obviously a good business man but is proving to be a poor Football man. Personally speaking I think he should look for a buyer quickly and go back to Rugby at His real love, Wigan. The two don't mix and being boss of one is a full time job, that's if you intend to do a proper job. He should go and take Lewis, Melville and Waddock with him. We need new blood on the pitch, in the boardroom and on the training ground. The missing fans won't return until things improve and we have a team that plays football again, we need to go back to old days of Arthur Turner when, win lose or draw we played football and didn't just hack it, the past ten years have just been a downward spiral. The club even made coming out of the Conference hard work because we couldn't beat the sides that played football, I know we aren't Premier League and I personally don't want to watch highly paid divas playing, I want an honest, tactically aware team that plays with pace and a bit of fun, a team that might lose as many as they win but play attractive, fun to watch football. A lot of our opponents do it and we find it hard to score against them and prevent them scoring against us so surely that shows it's what we need here if bums are to be put on seats. Get real OU and let's see changes quickly, it probably will cost less than some of these overpaid and over hyped players wearing our shirts at present costs and the missing fans will return. On present perfomances I might just be an away regular but a home absentee unless things change, like others I think Oxford City might be a better option. Although I am OU thru and thru I am getting fed up with so much of the kick and dawdle, we never do well against pace and style so surely it's what we need to adopt here, many of the clubs doing it now have smaller resources than we do so it's not impossible, we also need to get the Millstone that is the Kassam Stadium off the clubs back, it's too expensive and just a cold concrete monstrosity, it's not a welcoming ground, it's not a real home to the club, it's just an expense that's draining the life out of the football club and has done for far too long! Change now and the missing fans will return, stand still and gates will dwindle further still! It's a no brainier to use the modern vernacular."
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Oxford United boss refuses to throw in the towel

United's players look disconsolate after going a goal down at Scunthorpe

United's players look disconsolate after going a goal down at Scunthorpe

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 ref-used to give up on Oxford United reaching the play-offs, but a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United left them needing a miracle.

With York City and Southend United winning their Easter Monday games, the U’s are five points adrift of the top seven with only two games remaining against Accrington and Northampton.

Matt Sparrow’s 15th-minute strike was the difference, but without another excellent display from goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, the margin of victory could have been worse.

With the exception of a glorious chance fired wide by Alfie Potter just after falling behind, United’s best attacking spell came in second-half stoppage time.

Waddock admitted it was a tall order to get something out of the campaign now and was bitterly disappointed to be on the losing side for the fifth time in his six games in charge.

“It’s still there mathematically, (but) it gets harder and harder because we have only got the two games left,” the head coach said.

“It’s another defeat, which I’m not happy with.

“We had a fantastic chance once they scored with Alfie, and another one at the end with Beano (James Constable).

“I don’t like this feeling, it’s happened too often.”

Waddock was particularly irritated with the visitors’ first-half display, which left them chasing the game.

He said: “You want to give yourselves a platform to build on.

“We’re away from home and have come up against a side on a fantastic run and their confidence is high.

“The goal we conceded was far too easy and that summed up for me how we have been in the back-end of the season – that’s not acceptable.”

Jake Wright felt there were improvements after the break, but acknowledged it was too little, too late.

The United skipper said: “I think the performance in the second half was good.

“We’re not going to give up, but it’s a little bit too late, we should have been like that in the last five or six games.

“If we had done that, I’m sure we would have had a lot more points than we have now.

“We’ve come to a team that’s 28 games unbeaten and they have done that because they work hard, stick together and stick to their game plan.

“In the second half we were a lot better, but we can’t keep giving rubbish goals away and try to get back in the game.”

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