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Wilder slams wasteful Oxford United

Oxford Mail: New Oxford United goalkeeper Luke McCormick (centre) shakes hands with Southend United’s Michael Timlin before kick-off New Oxford United goalkeeper Luke McCormick (centre) shakes hands with Southend United’s Michael Timlin before kick-off

A furious Chris Wilder read the riot act to his Oxford United players after they lost 1-0 at Southend United.

The visitors were in control of Saturday’s game at Roots Hall and created several good chances, especially in the first half.

After failing to make the most of the openings, the U’s looked set to take a point, but a defensive lapse six minutes from time allowed Ryan Leonard to head the winner.

Wilder was livid with the result, which saw his side slip seven points adrift of the play-off places in npower League Two.

He said: “I’ve said what I had to say to the players, regardless of whether they like it or not.

“I let them have it and I think rightly so, because this is a game we should won, without a shadow of a doubt.

“From the first minute we should have been 1-0 up – I’m not saying every chance should go into the back of the net, but my goalkeeper’s not had to do anything apart from pick the ball out of the net and boot it a few times.

“We’ve defended pretty well, but we haven’t defended all the way through.

“We passed it in midfield pretty well, we created chances, but we’ve not stuck the ball in the back of the net.”

He added: “I can’t dress it up. We’ve lost a game of football and I’m very annoyed.”

Alfie Potter had the two best opportunities, but after being sent clear the winger was unable to beat Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith.

Wilder was bitterly disappointed not to make the most of their bright moments, but was equally irked by the manner of the winning goal.

He said: “We have to put teams to bed, but we haven’t.

“It’s not even as if they’ve created anything – it was one long ball.

“Instead of getting there quickly and clearing it we haven’t and the ball ends up in the back of our net.

“It’s an absolute joke.” Luke McCormick came straight into the side after signing on deadline day.

The transfer provoked much debate among supporters with the goalkeeper having served a jail sentence after killing two children in a drink-driving crash in 2008, but if McCormick was nervous about a return to the Football League he did not show it.

Wilder said: “He’s gone about his business and played football. Talking about his football, his debut has been a calm one. He did everything neat and tidy.”

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10:30am Mon 4 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

One day CW will realise its his payers on the pitch, we know there not good enough, play the wrong tactics and miss more chances than someone in a house of ill repute, its time for him and his old age slow players to go and give Max, Tyrone and some of the other quicker younger players a chance.

CW your time is up, do not pass go, do not collect your £200 just your P45.
One day CW will realise its his payers on the pitch, we know there not good enough, play the wrong tactics and miss more chances than someone in a house of ill repute, its time for him and his old age slow players to go and give Max, Tyrone and some of the other quicker younger players a chance. CW your time is up, do not pass go, do not collect your £200 just your P45. BigAlBiker
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10:45am Mon 4 Feb 13

AylesburyOx says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
One day CW will realise its his payers on the pitch, we know there not good enough, play the wrong tactics and miss more chances than someone in a house of ill repute, its time for him and his old age slow players to go and give Max, Tyrone and some of the other quicker younger players a chance. CW your time is up, do not pass go, do not collect your £200 just your P45.
I think the players are good enough to achieve at this level and the one above. The problem is Wilder and the coaching staff.
Tactics all wrong and all at sea with nobody knowing what they are supposed to be doing.
Little or no shooting practice from what I can see...and still no dedicated Coach for the Strikers!!
Having no idea about building confidence in a squad – dropping motivated young players for ‘footballers’ who haven’t played well in years or haven’t scored in months.

We must have a clear out of the manager and backroom coaches and get some quality staff in, rather than this bunch of idiots masquerading as footballing professionals

When will Wilder learn that the fault is with himself?
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: One day CW will realise its his payers on the pitch, we know there not good enough, play the wrong tactics and miss more chances than someone in a house of ill repute, its time for him and his old age slow players to go and give Max, Tyrone and some of the other quicker younger players a chance. CW your time is up, do not pass go, do not collect your £200 just your P45.[/p][/quote]I think the players are good enough to achieve at this level and the one above. The problem is Wilder and the coaching staff. Tactics all wrong and all at sea with nobody knowing what they are supposed to be doing. Little or no shooting practice from what I can see...and still no dedicated Coach for the Strikers!! Having no idea about building confidence in a squad – dropping motivated young players for ‘footballers’ who haven’t played well in years or haven’t scored in months. We must have a clear out of the manager and backroom coaches and get some quality staff in, rather than this bunch of idiots masquerading as footballing professionals When will Wilder learn that the fault is with himself? AylesburyOx
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11:51am Mon 4 Feb 13

CHINNOR YELLOWS says...

If the Senior Cup game goes ahead this week surely the FRONT players should all be included in the team, it is a chance for all to get a competative game with less pressure.
If the Senior Cup game goes ahead this week surely the FRONT players should all be included in the team, it is a chance for all to get a competative game with less pressure. CHINNOR YELLOWS
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5:40pm Mon 4 Feb 13

karatavuk says...

Craddock is the only quality striker at Oxford but he was unable to play.
Craddock is the only quality striker at Oxford but he was unable to play. karatavuk
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