Oxford United must turn it around

Skipper Jake Wright does not want United to get sucked into a relegation dogfight

Skipper Jake Wright does not want United to get sucked into a relegation dogfight

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JAKE Wright says it is vital Oxford United halt their winless run quickly or they risk getting dragged into a relegation battle.

The U’s have picked up just one point from their last five games, which has seen the gap to the npower League Two play-off places stretch from two points to ten.

Following a 2-1 home defeat to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday, they are now closer to the bottom two.

The U’s do have a nine-point cushion over the strugglers, so at this stage there is little cause for alarm with 15 games remaining.

But ahead of a trip to Plymouth Argyle, who are involved in the dogfight at the bottom, Wright knows how important it is to rediscover the winning habit.

The U’s skipper said: “At the moment we’re in a comfortable position regarding relegation, but lose five or six more games and you’re not in a comfortable position.

“Teams below us will pick points up and then you’d be looking over your shoulder – we don’t want to get to that stage because that’s when the pressure comes.

“At the moment, I don’t think we’re playing under too much pressure. If you’re feeling it, you have to get on with it.

“Plymouth are a side we’ve already beaten twice this season.

“They’re going to want to win and get three points closer to us. Let’s not beat around the bush, we’re on 39 points and they’re on 32, so three points is big for them.

“We need to make sure we win and move three points further away from them.

“They’ll be up for it and it’s going to be a difficult game, but there’s no reason why we can’t go there and win.”

While Wright says the squad are “hurting” from recent results, the defender takes consolation from the performances.

The 26-year-old thinks everyone can improve, but is convinced the run will turn if players stick to their task.

He said: “There’s not a lack of commitment. Everyone’s together, but it’s just not going for us at the moment.

“If we keep doing the right things it will turn around.”

 

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11:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

Manor Born says...

"The U’s do have a nine-point cushion over the strugglers, so at this stage there is little cause for alarm with 15 games remaining."

Little cause for alarm? Our form and that of those below us is a massive cause for concern and alarm. A win tomorrow would go a massive way into securing our Football League status, defeat and our future is far less certain. Problem is, as with Tuesday, I just don't see where we're going to get the result.

I seem to recall similar talk in 2005. People got complacent and said we were comfortable with no chance of relegation.
"The U’s do have a nine-point cushion over the strugglers, so at this stage there is little cause for alarm with 15 games remaining." Little cause for alarm? Our form and that of those below us is a massive cause for concern and alarm. A win tomorrow would go a massive way into securing our Football League status, defeat and our future is far less certain. Problem is, as with Tuesday, I just don't see where we're going to get the result. I seem to recall similar talk in 2005. People got complacent and said we were comfortable with no chance of relegation. Manor Born
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11:51am Fri 15 Feb 13

oldun says...

Current form is relegation form - obviously . Now to switch back - twelve points from next 6 matches - COYY
Current form is relegation form - obviously . Now to switch back - twelve points from next 6 matches - COYY oldun
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11:51am Fri 15 Feb 13

oldun says...

Current form is relegation form - obviously . Now to switch back - twelve points from next 6 matches - COYY
Current form is relegation form - obviously . Now to switch back - twelve points from next 6 matches - COYY oldun
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12:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Joe1 says...

It will take a BIG miracle to get any pints away to Plymouth on our current form & who we have left to use as players.
We can only hope for one!!!!
It will take a BIG miracle to get any pints away to Plymouth on our current form & who we have left to use as players. We can only hope for one!!!! Joe1
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6:34pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Malcy69 says...

WILDER OUT WILDER OUT WILDER OUT
WILDER OUT WILDER OUT WILDER OUT Malcy69
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8:35pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

We are a struggling team or maybe that should be club as we don't own the stadium or have control over the ground staff and share with a rugby club that leaves the pitch in a dreadful condition. I have noticed this week that Gilingham have signed 2 players from Premiership clubs and now Southend have signed a guy from Stoke, what is it with OU as we only sign lower league players nobody wants, we used to be an attractive club but no more. I am extremely worried about the immediate future unless we get the Kassam millstone of our backs and get a new board, Lenaghan obviously doesn't have a serious interest in the improvement of anything to do with this once proud club
We are a struggling team or maybe that should be club as we don't own the stadium or have control over the ground staff and share with a rugby club that leaves the pitch in a dreadful condition. I have noticed this week that Gilingham have signed 2 players from Premiership clubs and now Southend have signed a guy from Stoke, what is it with OU as we only sign lower league players nobody wants, we used to be an attractive club but no more. I am extremely worried about the immediate future unless we get the Kassam millstone of our backs and get a new board, Lenaghan obviously doesn't have a serious interest in the improvement of anything to do with this once proud club Richard Wickson
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9:34am Sat 16 Feb 13

Joe1 says...

Richard Wickson says...

We are a struggling team or maybe that should be club as we don't own the stadium or have control over the ground staff and share with a rugby club that leaves the pitch in a dreadful condition. I have noticed this week that Gilingham have signed 2 players from Premiership clubs and now Southend have signed a guy from Stoke, what is it with OU as we only sign lower league players nobody wants, we used to be an attractive club but no more. I am extremely worried about the immediate future unless we get the Kassam millstone of our backs and get a new board, Lenaghan obviously doesn't have a serious interest in the improvement of anything to do with this once proud club
Agrre with you have stated Ri.Wckson. I can't understand why the current owners don't sell our club. He & his Family are not Football people, the current state of the club & the ground is horrid. We will never be able move on & up while the club is being run by these type of distant & non caring individuals. G-D help us!!!!!!
Richard Wickson says... We are a struggling team or maybe that should be club as we don't own the stadium or have control over the ground staff and share with a rugby club that leaves the pitch in a dreadful condition. I have noticed this week that Gilingham have signed 2 players from Premiership clubs and now Southend have signed a guy from Stoke, what is it with OU as we only sign lower league players nobody wants, we used to be an attractive club but no more. I am extremely worried about the immediate future unless we get the Kassam millstone of our backs and get a new board, Lenaghan obviously doesn't have a serious interest in the improvement of anything to do with this once proud club Agrre with you have stated Ri.Wckson. I can't understand why the current owners don't sell our club. He & his Family are not Football people, the current state of the club & the ground is horrid. We will never be able move on & up while the club is being run by these type of distant & non caring individuals. G-D help us!!!!!! Joe1
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10:54am Sat 16 Feb 13

oldun says...

Is Wright the world's lightest/skinniest central defender? He makes De Gea look porky! Do those two ever get out muscled? Remember the likes of Matt Elliott and at Moanuenited , Schmeichel . Nobody pushed them around
Is Wright the world's lightest/skinniest central defender? He makes De Gea look porky! Do those two ever get out muscled? Remember the likes of Matt Elliott and at Moanuenited , Schmeichel . Nobody pushed them around oldun
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12:26pm Sat 16 Feb 13

CRSDC says...

Manor Born wrote:
"The U’s do have a nine-point cushion over the strugglers, so at this stage there is little cause for alarm with 15 games remaining."

Little cause for alarm? Our form and that of those below us is a massive cause for concern and alarm. A win tomorrow would go a massive way into securing our Football League status, defeat and our future is far less certain. Problem is, as with Tuesday, I just don't see where we're going to get the result.

I seem to recall similar talk in 2005. People got complacent and said we were comfortable with no chance of relegation.
Great Post....Lenegan & Wilder Out!
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: "The U’s do have a nine-point cushion over the strugglers, so at this stage there is little cause for alarm with 15 games remaining." Little cause for alarm? Our form and that of those below us is a massive cause for concern and alarm. A win tomorrow would go a massive way into securing our Football League status, defeat and our future is far less certain. Problem is, as with Tuesday, I just don't see where we're going to get the result. I seem to recall similar talk in 2005. People got complacent and said we were comfortable with no chance of relegation.[/p][/quote]Great Post....Lenegan & Wilder Out! CRSDC
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