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Oxford United ripped to shreds

Oxford Mail: Tom Pope gives Port Vale the lead Tom Pope gives Port Vale the lead

Port Vale 3

(Pope 30, Vincent 51, Morsy 61)

Oxford United 0

Oxford United's mini revival was emphatically halted as they were torn apart by npower League Two's most dangerous attack last night.

After an even opening 30 minutes, Vale were by far the better side once the in-form Tom Pope poached the first goal.

United, who had come into the game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run, hung on to half time, but their chances vanished early in the second half.

Ashley Vincent made the most of indecision in the back four to slot a second goal and Sam Morsy made the game safe with a well-taken third.

Vale had chances to make the margin of victory even greater, but a shaken United avoided sustaining further damage.

Skipper Jake Wright returned to the side as one of three changes to the side which started the 4-2 win at Cheltenham Town last week.

Johnny Mullins and Sean Rigg also came into the side, while Lee Cox was fit enough to be named among the substitutes.

Rigg, who left Vale for the U's in May, was booed by the home fans before kick-off, but he came close to silencing them inside the opening two minutes.

The winger let fly with a rising drive from 25 yards which Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal tipped over at full stretch.

It started a high tempo opening to the game, with both sides looking to impress in front of the Sky television cameras.

The hosts only threatened in bursts during the first 25 minutes.

Pope came close after only eight minutes, seeing a shot graze the crossbar via U's goalkeeper Ryan Clarke's fingertips.

The visitors, operating in a 4-4-2, looked fairly comfortable and their foothold in the game began to frustrate the home fans.

It was a slight surprise, then, when Vale opened the scoring on the half hour mark.

Vincent got the better of Mullins down the left flank and crossed for Ryan Burge. The midfielder's shot was saved by Clarke, but the ball rebounded straight to Pope, who bundled in from close range.

United did well not to concede again before the break as the home side found their rhythm.

Both Vincent and Jennison Myrie-Williams on the other wing were electric, while Pope was a threat in the air.

The woodwork rescued United eight minutes before the break, when Mullins inadvertently flicked Vincent's cross on to the post.

United nearly made the most of the let-off four minutes later. Craddock and Constable combined well in the area, but the former's short was well blocked by John McCombe.

Vale doubled their lead six minutes after the restart.

Sam Morsy's chip over the top had United's defence appealing for offside, but Vincent ran on and with Clarke appearing to try and let the ball run out of play, the winger fired in from the narrowest of angles.

United's fading hopes were extinguished by Vale's third goal just after the hour mark.

Myrie-Williams dribbled in off the right flank and teed up Morsy to brilliantly curl in from 20 yards.

In the remaining half hour Vale had opportunities to pile on more misery.

The closest they came was a run and shot from the superb Myrie-Williams, who was denied a deserved goal by the crossbar.

A rotten night was rounded off by Wright picking up a late booking, which means he will miss Saturday's game against Accrington Stanley.

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10:13pm Mon 15 Oct 12

WindsorYellow says...

what a shambles!!!!!! wilder your out of your depth. get out and take most of all the shower of **** with you
what a shambles!!!!!! wilder your out of your depth. get out and take most of all the shower of **** with you WindsorYellow
  • Score: 5

1:25am Tue 16 Oct 12

RADIOFAN says...

what a load of rubbish. It seems to me that not only is Chris Wilder using injuries as excuses for poor performances but the players taking to the field are using it as a excuse for their own poor efforts as well.
what a load of rubbish. It seems to me that not only is Chris Wilder using injuries as excuses for poor performances but the players taking to the field are using it as a excuse for their own poor efforts as well. RADIOFAN
  • Score: 4

5:31am Tue 16 Oct 12

adlibber says...

Wilder the man who got us back in the league and is pretty determined to take us back out of it. Utter shambles disinterested players who can't pass, cross or defend relying on forwards who can't score. We looked completely out of our depth and Wilder and his inept coaches need to depart now. Next time Lenagan says we're only a few points off a play off spot he should also be reminded we're only 5pts from relegation which is a far greater certainty for us under the hapless Wilder.
Wilder the man who got us back in the league and is pretty determined to take us back out of it. Utter shambles disinterested players who can't pass, cross or defend relying on forwards who can't score. We looked completely out of our depth and Wilder and his inept coaches need to depart now. Next time Lenagan says we're only a few points off a play off spot he should also be reminded we're only 5pts from relegation which is a far greater certainty for us under the hapless Wilder. adlibber
  • Score: 3

7:27am Tue 16 Oct 12

adlibber says...

Just seen Wilder's post match comments on Sky - the man has lost it completely - he's right to blame lazy disinterested players but he's avoiding his own faults. stuttering like a man losing his grip. He needs to go if only to save himself.
Just seen Wilder's post match comments on Sky - the man has lost it completely - he's right to blame lazy disinterested players but he's avoiding his own faults. stuttering like a man losing his grip. He needs to go if only to save himself. adlibber
  • Score: 1

7:38am Tue 16 Oct 12

adlibber says...

Never mind the football for a minute - here's some cheery news for us Oxford fans - A man who supplied Swindon take away shops with 20tonnes of chicken per week has admitted he's been using old y fronts as cleaning rags.
Never mind the football for a minute - here's some cheery news for us Oxford fans - A man who supplied Swindon take away shops with 20tonnes of chicken per week has admitted he's been using old y fronts as cleaning rags. adlibber
  • Score: 0

8:09am Tue 16 Oct 12

oldun says...

The return of the injured players will not take us into the top three . Third in the Conference is all we have achieved under Wilder (not even our best Conference finish) - yes better than 4th in Conference but not impressive.
The return of the injured players will not take us into the top three . Third in the Conference is all we have achieved under Wilder (not even our best Conference finish) - yes better than 4th in Conference but not impressive. oldun
  • Score: 3

8:09am Tue 16 Oct 12

BigAlBiker says...

Oxford United, no shape, no speed, no skill, no strikers, no sense of urgency and hopless at footy, time to exit left Mr Wilder, your time is up
Oxford United, no shape, no speed, no skill, no strikers, no sense of urgency and hopless at footy, time to exit left Mr Wilder, your time is up BigAlBiker
  • Score: 5

8:10am Tue 16 Oct 12

oldun says...

442 is the way forward but not with Heslop on the right flank - what was that about?
442 is the way forward but not with Heslop on the right flank - what was that about? oldun
  • Score: 0

9:17am Tue 16 Oct 12

adlibber says...

oldun wrote:
442 is the way forward but not with Heslop on the right flank - what was that about?
I wouldn't put Heslop in the stadium - or O'Brien - dreadful players. Constable should go too as long as he's behind Wilder.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: 442 is the way forward but not with Heslop on the right flank - what was that about?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't put Heslop in the stadium - or O'Brien - dreadful players. Constable should go too as long as he's behind Wilder. adlibber
  • Score: 1

9:27am Tue 16 Oct 12

northampton yellow says...

Utter shambles 1shot on goal 20pound to watch that shower of spuds we must be laughing stock of skysports lastnite they let themselfs down and as 4 wilder cannot see where he can take us apart from down TIME TO ACT NOW MR LENAGAN!!!!!!!
Utter shambles 1shot on goal 20pound to watch that shower of spuds we must be laughing stock of skysports lastnite they let themselfs down and as 4 wilder cannot see where he can take us apart from down TIME TO ACT NOW MR LENAGAN!!!!!!! northampton yellow
  • Score: 2

9:44am Tue 16 Oct 12

kibby says...

You'll be getting good odds on Oxford City v Oxford United in the same division next season soon!
Go and see how well City are playing at the moment next time there's not a clash of fixtures.
You'll be getting good odds on Oxford City v Oxford United in the same division next season soon! Go and see how well City are playing at the moment next time there's not a clash of fixtures. kibby
  • Score: 5

10:32am Tue 16 Oct 12

badger86 says...

Woeful woeful defending! Melville needs to come in for some flack too. On another note however, i love the thought of swindeon fans eating chicken that's been rubbed down with old y-fronts. Thanks adlibber!
Woeful woeful defending! Melville needs to come in for some flack too. On another note however, i love the thought of swindeon fans eating chicken that's been rubbed down with old y-fronts. Thanks adlibber! badger86
  • Score: 0

11:09am Tue 16 Oct 12

Valefan says...

You were lucky to get nil.

Vale fan
You were lucky to get nil. Vale fan Valefan
  • Score: 7

11:13am Tue 16 Oct 12

Mick E says...

Adlibber only knows about that story because he's a Swinedon fan & a fan of local chicken outlets. get off our forum u bunch of negative t0ssers!
Adlibber only knows about that story because he's a Swinedon fan & a fan of local chicken outlets. get off our forum u bunch of negative t0ssers! Mick E
  • Score: 0

11:37am Tue 16 Oct 12

paul from Kennington says...

I must say that 10 minutes from the end I turned off and put Texas Chainsaw Massacre on, it made far less painful viewing. Wider has to bring in a good coach with a knowledge of the game, last night there were some dangerous attacks, but they all broke down due to nobody overlapping to take the ball on. If they can't even get these basics right, then we ARE in trouble.
I must say that 10 minutes from the end I turned off and put Texas Chainsaw Massacre on, it made far less painful viewing. Wider has to bring in a good coach with a knowledge of the game, last night there were some dangerous attacks, but they all broke down due to nobody overlapping to take the ball on. If they can't even get these basics right, then we ARE in trouble. paul from Kennington
  • Score: 2

11:39am Tue 16 Oct 12

adlibber says...

Mick E wrote:
Adlibber only knows about that story because he's a Swinedon fan & a fan of local chicken outlets. get off our forum u bunch of negative t0ssers!
Very amateur attempt at being a troll chap - you're not bright enough to pass yourself off as an Oxford supporter - Mick E has a remarkable rhyming opportunity with thick e (would that be your rapper name?) go back to your hole and practice a bit more. In the meantime I still want Wilder out before we head back to non league football.
[quote][p][bold]Mick E[/bold] wrote: Adlibber only knows about that story because he's a Swinedon fan & a fan of local chicken outlets. get off our forum u bunch of negative t0ssers![/p][/quote]Very amateur attempt at being a troll chap - you're not bright enough to pass yourself off as an Oxford supporter - Mick E has a remarkable rhyming opportunity with thick e (would that be your rapper name?) go back to your hole and practice a bit more. In the meantime I still want Wilder out before we head back to non league football. adlibber
  • Score: 0

12:10pm Tue 16 Oct 12

adlibber says...

paul from Kennington wrote:
I must say that 10 minutes from the end I turned off and put Texas Chainsaw Massacre on, it made far less painful viewing. Wider has to bring in a good coach with a knowledge of the game, last night there were some dangerous attacks, but they all broke down due to nobody overlapping to take the ball on. If they can't even get these basics right, then we ARE in trouble.
Wilder doesn't need to bring anyone in as he's the one that should be heading out. Clueless tactics befitting an entirely clueless manager.
[quote][p][bold]paul from Kennington[/bold] wrote: I must say that 10 minutes from the end I turned off and put Texas Chainsaw Massacre on, it made far less painful viewing. Wider has to bring in a good coach with a knowledge of the game, last night there were some dangerous attacks, but they all broke down due to nobody overlapping to take the ball on. If they can't even get these basics right, then we ARE in trouble.[/p][/quote]Wilder doesn't need to bring anyone in as he's the one that should be heading out. Clueless tactics befitting an entirely clueless manager. adlibber
  • Score: 2

2:53pm Tue 16 Oct 12

35 year fan says...

yes i agree his time's up. that looked like a team who had already been relegated.
yes i agree his time's up. that looked like a team who had already been relegated. 35 year fan
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Tue 16 Oct 12

AR Davis says...

Cluelss! cannot pass, defend, score, tackle, no overlapping, no running into spaces, men against boys, What a shower of sh** as the Vale fan posted on here we were lucky to get NIL! Wilder just go and the backroom staff your crap, no plan B. I watched this on TV last night and I have never been so ashamed and embarissed, the whole country must be laughing. MR Lenagan SACK WILDER NOW.
Wheres the passion gone?
Cluelss! cannot pass, defend, score, tackle, no overlapping, no running into spaces, men against boys, What a shower of sh** as the Vale fan posted on here we were lucky to get NIL! Wilder just go and the backroom staff your crap, no plan B. I watched this on TV last night and I have never been so ashamed and embarissed, the whole country must be laughing. MR Lenagan SACK WILDER NOW. Wheres the passion gone? AR Davis
  • Score: 2

3:14pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Joe1 says...

It is ALL so sad re our once proud club.That was a desperate performance for all to see. Constable was woeful. He could have been on the pitch all night he still would have not been able to score.He spends all his energy on mouthing at the officials or on his backside. Dreadful. We will be lucky to stay up with our team playing like that.There was only one real team on the pitch & it was NOT or team.
It is ALL so sad re our once proud club.That was a desperate performance for all to see. Constable was woeful. He could have been on the pitch all night he still would have not been able to score.He spends all his energy on mouthing at the officials or on his backside. Dreadful. We will be lucky to stay up with our team playing like that.There was only one real team on the pitch & it was NOT or team. Joe1
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Tue 16 Oct 12

CamView says...

Wilder has to go now before all hope has gone for a play off position. To see this performance on TV was sad and shameful.
Wilder has to go now before all hope has gone for a play off position. To see this performance on TV was sad and shameful. CamView
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Grandpont Tom says...

No-one wants anyone to lose their job, but unfortunately the game last night highlighted the stark reality, that for whatever reason Mr Wilder's methods and choice of personnel are not of a good enough standard for this division, or our club.
I too found it horrible to watch on the TV - goodness knows what the poor fans there must have had to go through.
Let us get a bloke in who uses young (even a few locals?) players and lets them play. It looks like there are at least 3 other teams that are much worse than us, so it is almost risk free to give it a go this season. As a town/club the 'par' score should be mid-table Division 1, and years and years of under-achievement should not obscure the fact that our team is dramarically under performing.
I don't go that often so I can say that the supporters are incredibly loyal and deserve a lot better than the appalling tosh served up by Mr Wilder.
No-one wants anyone to lose their job, but unfortunately the game last night highlighted the stark reality, that for whatever reason Mr Wilder's methods and choice of personnel are not of a good enough standard for this division, or our club. I too found it horrible to watch on the TV - goodness knows what the poor fans there must have had to go through. Let us get a bloke in who uses young (even a few locals?) players and lets them play. It looks like there are at least 3 other teams that are much worse than us, so it is almost risk free to give it a go this season. As a town/club the 'par' score should be mid-table Division 1, and years and years of under-achievement should not obscure the fact that our team is dramarically under performing. I don't go that often so I can say that the supporters are incredibly loyal and deserve a lot better than the appalling tosh served up by Mr Wilder. Grandpont Tom
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Tue 16 Oct 12

oldun says...

Yep most clubs of 'our size' are in Div One - we have underachieved since about 98. Time we did much better. Yes, yes, yes the size of club does not win matches but ...
Yep most clubs of 'our size' are in Div One - we have underachieved since about 98. Time we did much better. Yes, yes, yes the size of club does not win matches but ... oldun
  • Score: 1

9:51am Wed 17 Oct 12

hairydean says...

It saddens me to say this that I find it hard to believe that for the fourth year running we have a huge injury list at the beginning of the season there must be something extremely wrong in training for this .this happened when big mal was in charge due to road running that was a fact highlighted from the players. I have a very close friend who used to be Chris wilder director at halifax he tells me that Chris can't handle pressure and that also comes from a coach at Sheffield united. And close friend off Chris wilder, I fell Chris wilder is a lovely guy and has good ideas off playing free flowing football which when teams play route 1 which sides play against us on a regular occasion's our play doesn't exist. I feel Chris wilder is a manager for either a team in championship were players are better and more complete so they can play these tactics in the lower league teams come at you more and play less attractive football when you haven't got the standard off players to dictate a team in this division then your always be mid table side yes when we play well we can beat sides better than us but the sides who can rip teams apart are that sides with options. We don't have them options and never have done due to the type off players Chris brings in I feel it's time stand up Chris be counted use what ever tactics needed to get out off this division the right end off it before we go back to the non league scene again then if we get promoted then try the tactics you want to play if they don't work then try other tactics to get us promoted successful teams vary there tactics look at the small teams who have been successful ie bury , Northampton, etc they played any tactic to win we don't so if your not willing to mix it then get someone in who will do and take us forward because at the moment we are going backwards because training is obviously not right and the tactics ain't right either. Would love to see us playing the romantic football wilder wants for us in the championship but to be honest I can't see it unless he ditches ideas and puts together a winning formaler which he hasn't shown yet prove me wrong and you can take us forward to the championship and not non league please we need a leader that will take us there not to be stuck in div two or non league. I think the constable saga last year of him being dropped was disgraceful he had fight and is proud to be Oxford and was dropped ridiculous strikers don't score from the bench or the stand and when there not scoring but putting themseves about to assist and opening door ways for others to score then he is worth a place
It saddens me to say this that I find it hard to believe that for the fourth year running we have a huge injury list at the beginning of the season there must be something extremely wrong in training for this .this happened when big mal was in charge due to road running that was a fact highlighted from the players. I have a very close friend who used to be Chris wilder director at halifax he tells me that Chris can't handle pressure and that also comes from a coach at Sheffield united. And close friend off Chris wilder, I fell Chris wilder is a lovely guy and has good ideas off playing free flowing football which when teams play route 1 which sides play against us on a regular occasion's our play doesn't exist. I feel Chris wilder is a manager for either a team in championship were players are better and more complete so they can play these tactics in the lower league teams come at you more and play less attractive football when you haven't got the standard off players to dictate a team in this division then your always be mid table side yes when we play well we can beat sides better than us but the sides who can rip teams apart are that sides with options. We don't have them options and never have done due to the type off players Chris brings in I feel it's time stand up Chris be counted use what ever tactics needed to get out off this division the right end off it before we go back to the non league scene again then if we get promoted then try the tactics you want to play if they don't work then try other tactics to get us promoted successful teams vary there tactics look at the small teams who have been successful ie bury , Northampton, etc they played any tactic to win we don't so if your not willing to mix it then get someone in who will do and take us forward because at the moment we are going backwards because training is obviously not right and the tactics ain't right either. Would love to see us playing the romantic football wilder wants for us in the championship but to be honest I can't see it unless he ditches ideas and puts together a winning formaler which he hasn't shown yet prove me wrong and you can take us forward to the championship and not non league please we need a leader that will take us there not to be stuck in div two or non league. I think the constable saga last year of him being dropped was disgraceful he had fight and is proud to be Oxford and was dropped ridiculous strikers don't score from the bench or the stand and when there not scoring but putting themseves about to assist and opening door ways for others to score then he is worth a place hairydean
  • Score: 0

10:21am Wed 17 Oct 12

oldun says...

no, not seen much of this classy football. good players impose their style on the match. our players are not good enough for a top three place - or even a mid table one . we need four or five new players - not just the few who are about to return
no, not seen much of this classy football. good players impose their style on the match. our players are not good enough for a top three place - or even a mid table one . we need four or five new players - not just the few who are about to return oldun
  • Score: 0

10:21am Wed 17 Oct 12

oldun says...

no, not seen much of this classy football. good players impose their style on the match. our players are not good enough for a top three place - or even a mid table one . we need four or five new players - not just the few who are about to return
no, not seen much of this classy football. good players impose their style on the match. our players are not good enough for a top three place - or even a mid table one . we need four or five new players - not just the few who are about to return oldun
  • Score: 0

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