Wilder springs to Morgan's defence

United winger Dean Morgan puts Gillingham’s Matt Fish under pressure during Saturday’s goalless draw

United winger Dean Morgan puts Gillingham’s Matt Fish under pressure during Saturday’s goalless draw

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The attacking qualities of underfire winger Dean Morgan have been robustly backed by Oxford United manager Chris Wilder.

United’s boss was deeply disappointed with the criticism aimed at Morgan by some fans on Saturday.

The 28-year-old has divided opinion since arriving on loan from Chesterfield last month, mixing flashes of inspiration with body language which has at times provoked frustration on the terraces.

It reached a new level in the goalless draw with Gillingham, when Morgan was booed by a minority of supporters for sitting down in the second half shortly before being substituted.

After the game it became clear the actions were due to a minor groin injury, which forced him out of the game.

Morgan tweeted on Saturday evening: “So misunderstood!! Thanks for all the support!!”, although he has since been backed by many U’s supporters on Twitter in response.

The boos were not welcomed by Wilder, who exchanged words with some supporters behind the bench.

He said: “I didn’t like the Dean Morgan situation because he’s putting a shift in for the club and I said that.

“I had (first-team coach) Andy Melville telling me to calm down a little bit, but I don’t like that – he’s playing for the football club.

“He’s not a player that runs about and smashes into people, but he has the ability, he single-handedly got Aldershot in the play-offs two years ago and he was an excellent player for Chesterfield last year.

“There will be days when he’ll play like that, but I’ve got to make a decision.”

The U’s boss has been criticised in some quarters for naming a three-man forward line of loan players – Morgan, Cristian Montano and Scott Rendell – in preference to contracted players such as James Constable and Oli Johnson, who have been on the bench in recent games.

Wilder felt injuries and suspensions had forced his hand in recruiting the players and is happy with their contribution.

He said: “It’s absolute rubbish, what do I do, not play them?

“It’s not my fault players have got injured, I have to play loan players.

“I think (Morgan and Montano) are typical wingers, we’ve got players that I want them to come alive in the final third, I don’t want them in my defensive third.

“Sometimes they have to put a shift in, but I don’t want them tackling back, we gamble and leave the forwards out of it because when we win the ball we want three targets to go forward.

“Some people like Dean, some don’t, but when he’s getting abuse that’s really poor, I can’t do anything about those people.”

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12:47pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Oxford Male says...

Stick with it Chris. We have some supporters that are an absolute disgrace. Many of us are at a loss to understand what they get off on.
Stick with it Chris. We have some supporters that are an absolute disgrace. Many of us are at a loss to understand what they get off on. Oxford Male
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1:06pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Abingdon Voter says...

Couldn't agree more Oxford Male. 3 games to go and we're in the play-offs. 100% support for the players, the manager, the owner and the club. There's not 7,000 managers out there...there's 1, and he makes the decisions.
Couldn't agree more Oxford Male. 3 games to go and we're in the play-offs. 100% support for the players, the manager, the owner and the club. There's not 7,000 managers out there...there's 1, and he makes the decisions. Abingdon Voter
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2:47pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Taffy Duck says...

Sorry, but I disagree. I have listened to the frustration of the Radio Oxford commentary team and each game they are more dispondent with his contribution. It is not often that they give that sort of reaction, nor from the fans. It is not about him tracking back, it is about his poor decisions and overplaying. He puts us in trouble in the same way Karrouche lost us the win in the last game he played for us.
Sorry, but I disagree. I have listened to the frustration of the Radio Oxford commentary team and each game they are more dispondent with his contribution. It is not often that they give that sort of reaction, nor from the fans. It is not about him tracking back, it is about his poor decisions and overplaying. He puts us in trouble in the same way Karrouche lost us the win in the last game he played for us. Taffy Duck
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5:13pm Tue 17 Apr 12

gnash21 says...

I agree we shouldn't boo our own players. But Morgans attitude could do with some work. He is abit cocky and is too gready sometimes. I understand that he wants to score goals but looking at the chances he has had and missed he needs to start passing to other players who can finish. Lets get behind the U's and big following away at Plymouth. I will be there. 3 points is a must. I also hope Cheltenham beat Crewe!
I agree we shouldn't boo our own players. But Morgans attitude could do with some work. He is abit cocky and is too gready sometimes. I understand that he wants to score goals but looking at the chances he has had and missed he needs to start passing to other players who can finish. Lets get behind the U's and big following away at Plymouth. I will be there. 3 points is a must. I also hope Cheltenham beat Crewe! gnash21
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9:43pm Tue 17 Apr 12

DuberryandBeanofan says...

gnash21 wrote:
I agree we shouldn't boo our own players. But Morgans attitude could do with some work. He is abit cocky and is too gready sometimes. I understand that he wants to score goals but looking at the chances he has had and missed he needs to start passing to other players who can finish. Lets get behind the U's and big following away at Plymouth. I will be there. 3 points is a must. I also hope Cheltenham beat Crewe!
He is still a United player until the end of the season, shouldn't we just back the whole team, When Steve Maclean was at the club I thought that he was lazy but scored some vital goals. Morgan deserves to be treated fairly by everyone. He might not be with anyone but to be honest, we have to support every yellow and blue player. The booing is unacceptable and disgraceful if you can't stand a player go and watch a different team, your obviously not a loyal fan, who comes to games week in week out and only come to boo and have a B*t*h. COYY
[quote][p][bold]gnash21[/bold] wrote: I agree we shouldn't boo our own players. But Morgans attitude could do with some work. He is abit cocky and is too gready sometimes. I understand that he wants to score goals but looking at the chances he has had and missed he needs to start passing to other players who can finish. Lets get behind the U's and big following away at Plymouth. I will be there. 3 points is a must. I also hope Cheltenham beat Crewe![/p][/quote]He is still a United player until the end of the season, shouldn't we just back the whole team, When Steve Maclean was at the club I thought that he was lazy but scored some vital goals. Morgan deserves to be treated fairly by everyone. He might not be with anyone but to be honest, we have to support every yellow and blue player. The booing is unacceptable and disgraceful if you can't stand a player go and watch a different team, your obviously not a loyal fan, who comes to games week in week out and only come to boo and have a B*t*h. COYY DuberryandBeanofan
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9:50pm Tue 17 Apr 12

BenkiuGuasu says...

I honestly thought Morgan looked a threat against Gillingham.... Booing him or wilder is stupid, but then - people are stupid. Wilder does seem perhaps too sensitive to critism from idiots who think success grows on trees.
I honestly thought Morgan looked a threat against Gillingham.... Booing him or wilder is stupid, but then - people are stupid. Wilder does seem perhaps too sensitive to critism from idiots who think success grows on trees. BenkiuGuasu
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12:12pm Wed 18 Apr 12

northampton yellow says...

yeah i do agree with what is said above but we all pay good money to watch and work hard to do so,so i think everybody has an opinion when players sit down or can"t be bothered to play and we work hard all week to see that,thats going to get peoples backsides up coz lets face it,if we did that at work we would get the ( sack) all football players are wraped in to much cotton wool .
yeah i do agree with what is said above but we all pay good money to watch and work hard to do so,so i think everybody has an opinion when players sit down or can"t be bothered to play and we work hard all week to see that,thats going to get peoples backsides up coz lets face it,if we did that at work we would get the ( sack) all football players are wraped in to much cotton wool . northampton yellow
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7:54pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Tarkus says...

I wonder how Chris Wilder feels after Morgan's tweats about the Ched Evans case!!!

At best naive
I wonder how Chris Wilder feels after Morgan's tweats about the Ched Evans case!!! At best naive Tarkus
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