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    brimptonyellow wrote:
    I think it's hard to judge our front players on this season, given the total lack of support from midfield. Even a classic one-up-top player like Drogba or Ibrahimovic would have struggled with the negative tactics of Wilder, Lewis and (from what we've seen so far) Waddock. The only time we had a threat up front this season was when Connolly was playing up front with another striker. I feel sorry for Smalley but he hasn't performed well enough when given the chance; I have no doubt he will get picked up somewhere else in League 2 and he could well bang in 20 goals if he's given some service. I'm pleased for Beano because he deserves the record but I agree that his conversion rate is poor - again though, he isn't a one-up-front player. Look at the (few) goals we've scored in recent games and they have pretty much all come about because a midfield player (usually Ryan Williams) has broken from midfield and supported the forwards. It's hardly rocket science.

    Anyway, I'm just praying for a more attacking outlook next season, whoever's in the team, as the last three have been truly awful to watch.
    I agree. Williams apart, it’s been a very long time since we’ve had someone running with the ball into the hole in front of the back four. It might have been in our favour had Fulham stayed up. Williams is a contender for first team football in the Championship but not in the Premier.
    Constable is always more effective with a strike partner to play off. As for Smalley, he must be the best training ground striker in League 2 – that is the only explanation for his continuous selection."
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Constable offered new contract as Oxford United release three

James Constable has been Oxford United's top scorer for the last six seasons

James Constable has been Oxford United's top scorer for the last six seasons

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Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

James Constable has been offered the chance to stay at Oxford United following contract talks with the squad at the Kassam Stadium this morning.

The U's have also taken up the 12-month option on skipper Jake Wright's contract, but Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Scott Davies have been released.

Tom Newey will meet with head coach Gary Waddock tomorrow to discuss his future.

Wayne Brown, who was on a player/coach contract, will not be offered playing terms, but talks will follow about a coaching role.

Michael Raynes, whose original contract expired this summer, will stay after making enough appearances this season to activate a clause keeping him at the club for an additional 12 months.

Loan trio Ryan Williams, David Connolly and Nicky Wroe have all returned to their parent clubs.

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