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    Simple man wrote:
    Really - what is your (and a few other less intelligent OUFC fans too) obsession with trying to get rid of the best manager we have had in what, the last 10 years or probably more? CW and KT have brought financial stability, more often than not attractive football, increased crowds, and a higher league position every year that they've been here. When will you realise that we are not Chelsea or Man City, and we will not go out and break the bank for a top lower league manager who will in all honesty struggle to do a better job. Ok, CW has made a few misakes and sometimes struggles to have a back up plan, but give him a break. Don't we all make mistakes in our jobs occasionally? But I'm sure he'll learn from this, and afterall he has achieved all of the above. In any other job he'd get a pay rise! And before you say he's let us slip out of a good postion... Well, who put us there? It wasn't luck was it? Stop whinging and get behind your team - without a big budget (Crawley, Swindon), we need stability to get out of this league.
    Ahem, firstly I'm an intelligent Oxford fan and I'm disillusioned with life under Wilder. Seriously, I'm of the belief that most of our victories this season have come because the teams we've played have been worse than we have been i.e. We didn't out play or were tactically superior to them, they couldn't score.

    Let's get some coaches in and specifically attacking coaches who will give the squad the training they deserve. Melville and Lewis were good players but I question their coaching credentials.
    Also please stop with the loan signings - give the youth team chance to shine. Plus it will balance the books..

    ...oh and can we stop being so **** at home. We should dictate to teams not sit back and hope they don't score because -
    a. They usually do
    b. We fail to respond"
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Wilder fumes over ref's penalty call

The controversial moment from Saturday's game against Southend as United's Cristian Montano goes over

The controversial moment from Saturday's game against Southend as United's Cristian Montano goes over

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

Chris Wilder fumed as Oxford United were denied a clear penalty on Saturday, but admitted making an official complaint about the referee would be a waste of time.

Trailing Southend United 2-0 heading into the final ten minutes, the U’s appeared to have got a lifeline after a moment of magic from Cristian Montano.

The substitute jinked past three challenges before being brought down just inside the area, but referee Lee Collins instead awarded a goal kick.

Wilder said even Southend boss Paul Sturrock thought it was a spot-kick, which could have given United a way back into a game crucial to the club’s hopes of reaching the play-offs.

The United manager considered requesting the assessor’s report this week, but the experience of similar moves in the past made him think twice.

He said: “I’ve put three reports in this season about the standard of refereeing and every time I’ve done it the assessor has 100 per cent backed the referee’s decision.

“I could have done loads more reports but I only do it when I absolutely think it’s certain in our point of view.

“I just think it’s a complete sham and I’m possibly not going to waste my time on it.

“I had Paul Sturrock coming into me after the game saying their lad held his hand up and said he couldn’t believe we didn’t get the decision, especially here with all the support.”

The defeat left United as long shots to reach the npower League Two play-offs with only 90 minutes of the season remaining.

To claim seventh position this Saturday, they must win at Port Vale and rely on Aldershot winning at Crewe Alexandra.

Despite going six games without a win, Wilder did not believe his players would have a problem dusting themselves down for one final effort.

He said: “They’re professional footballers, they’ve got to take it on the chin.

“It’s not a disgraceful situation that we’re in, it’s just that we’ve not been good enough over the last four or five games to get the wins to match the performances.”

OXFORD United Reserves complete their league campaign this evening with a home game against Stevenage at Didcot Town’s Loop Meadow (7) which will be the club’s final outing in the Combination.

The U’s have withdrawn from the competition for next season and will instead arrange friendlies where needed.

FORMER Oxford United manager Brian Horton has left Macclesfield after failing to save them from relegation from League Two.

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