Oxford United skipper Wright fires broadside at teammates

United's Jake Wright sends a late header just wide at Aldershot

United's Jake Wright sends a late header just wide at Aldershot

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

JAKE Wright launched a stinging attack on some of his Oxford United teammates in the wake of their 3-2 defeat to bottom club Aldershot Town.

The skipper accused some who featured on Easter Monday of playing for themselves and not the team as the side lost for the third time in four npower League Two games.

United looked disjointed, particularly in the first half, and fell 2-0 behind shortly after the break.

They fought back to level late on thanks to goals from Scott Davies and Jon-Paul Pittman, which came either side of Michael Raynes getting sent off for two bookable offences.

But Jeff Goulding gave the basement boys only their sixth home win of the season by flicking in a free-kick three minutes from time.

It deepened United’s poor run, which has killed off hopes of reaching the play-offs and Wright was bitterly disappointed with the performances of individuals on his side.

He said: “It’s not the manner of the defeat, it’s how we’ve played that really hurts me.

“We were poor. I don’t think enough players turned up and wanted to win – that’s the first thing you should do as a footballer, no matter what level you’re at.

“We let the gaffer, the staff, the fans and each other down.

“Some players seem to be playing for themselves and not for the team.

“If you play like that, you’re never going to win anything.

“I’m gutted with how it’s gone and some players need to have a look at themselves and do better.”

U’s boss Chris Wilder had doubts over whether Aldershot’s opening goal had crossed the line.

But, just as in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Morecambe where another late goal was conceded, he was left exasperated by his own players.

He had no complaints over the home side’s other two goals, which came from United errors.

“When we make decisions like that just after half-time, and then just after we’ve got ourselves back into it, it beggars belief that we think we can go and win football matches,” he said.

“It’s been a disappointing weekend.”

There was more bad news, with Sean Rigg limping off in the opening ten minutes.

The ankle injury will be assessed this week, but the early fears are it could rule the winger out for the final four games of the season.

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9:39am Tue 2 Apr 13

Joe1 says...

Were just a poor team with poor players. They don't have a clue on the art of goal scoring. Being beaten by the bottom club confirms that. There are not any positive tactics out there. The manager blames everything accept his own ideas. He does not seem to be able to motivate the team. We badly need to bring in some players who know how & a manager who can.
Were just a poor team with poor players. They don't have a clue on the art of goal scoring. Being beaten by the bottom club confirms that. There are not any positive tactics out there. The manager blames everything accept his own ideas. He does not seem to be able to motivate the team. We badly need to bring in some players who know how & a manager who can. Joe1
  • Score: 9

10:16am Tue 2 Apr 13

Captain Yellow says...

"Were just a poor team with poor players. They don't have a clue on the art of goal scoring. Being beaten by the bottom club confirms that."

And beating the team who are top of the league confirms what? We are NOT a poor team with poor players. We are inconsistent - capable of some very good performances and also capable of some very poor ones.

Has Wilder taken the team as far as he can? Almost certainly.
"Were just a poor team with poor players. They don't have a clue on the art of goal scoring. Being beaten by the bottom club confirms that." And beating the team who are top of the league confirms what? We are NOT a poor team with poor players. We are inconsistent - capable of some very good performances and also capable of some very poor ones. Has Wilder taken the team as far as he can? Almost certainly. Captain Yellow
  • Score: 9

10:26am Tue 2 Apr 13

Manor Born says...

Falling apart at the seams.

The disquiet, dischord & unrest in the dressing room has now spilled into the public domain with avengeance. Players blaming each other and in public is a very clear sign that there is an ill-wind. Unity & spirit is out of the window and we are a club in freefall. The chairman's inaction & silence speaks volumes.
Falling apart at the seams. The disquiet, dischord & unrest in the dressing room has now spilled into the public domain with avengeance. Players blaming each other and in public is a very clear sign that there is an ill-wind. Unity & spirit is out of the window and we are a club in freefall. The chairman's inaction & silence speaks volumes. Manor Born
  • Score: 11

11:22am Tue 2 Apr 13

Bathyellow says...

This shows Lenegans lack of interest in Oxford United or Wilder would have been gone after the appalling results recently and after Jake Wrights comments about the team, thank god we have had some decent away results to keep us away from the trapdoor. With Rigg out now he should give Pittman a chance.
This shows Lenegans lack of interest in Oxford United or Wilder would have been gone after the appalling results recently and after Jake Wrights comments about the team, thank god we have had some decent away results to keep us away from the trapdoor. With Rigg out now he should give Pittman a chance. Bathyellow
  • Score: 3

1:07pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Doctor69 says...

The sad thing about all of this is, I wasnt even surprised, or disapointed to lose yesterday. I just sort of accepted it was likely to happen.

How can we keep conceding late goals from set pieces. We have been doing it all season, and then we do it twice in the space of 4 days.

The players are poor, with a few exceptions. The tactics are poor, and the coaching is poor. Why do we keep making the same mistakes over, and over again.

He should have gone at the end of last season, He definatly has to go now.
If you want Wilder Out - be in the priory from 2pm on saturday, also, think about sitting in the North stand for the game.
The sad thing about all of this is, I wasnt even surprised, or disapointed to lose yesterday. I just sort of accepted it was likely to happen. How can we keep conceding late goals from set pieces. We have been doing it all season, and then we do it twice in the space of 4 days. The players are poor, with a few exceptions. The tactics are poor, and the coaching is poor. Why do we keep making the same mistakes over, and over again. He should have gone at the end of last season, He definatly has to go now. If you want Wilder Out - be in the priory from 2pm on saturday, also, think about sitting in the North stand for the game. Doctor69
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Adman says...

Almost unbelievable to think that having gained 1 point from 12, we are still only 7 points off the playoffs. Not that that matters. We wouldnt stand a chance against any of the play off teams. Inconsistency has rulled this season. This must be the third patch whereby we have shed points by the bucket load. The only thing done consistently is change tactics/formation and the line up. How the players can know what is expected of them on that basis is beyond me. I think it truly is time for a change at the top.
Almost unbelievable to think that having gained 1 point from 12, we are still only 7 points off the playoffs. Not that that matters. We wouldnt stand a chance against any of the play off teams. Inconsistency has rulled this season. This must be the third patch whereby we have shed points by the bucket load. The only thing done consistently is change tactics/formation and the line up. How the players can know what is expected of them on that basis is beyond me. I think it truly is time for a change at the top. Adman
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Tue 2 Apr 13

cecantena1 says...

Unrest in the dressing room is a certain recipe for disaster. If the Manager is unable to control this situation, then why does he still hold the position?

The Club will go nowhere unless this problem is resolved. IL should take immediate action.
Unrest in the dressing room is a certain recipe for disaster. If the Manager is unable to control this situation, then why does he still hold the position? The Club will go nowhere unless this problem is resolved. IL should take immediate action. cecantena1
  • Score: 3

2:10pm Tue 2 Apr 13

bdodwell says...

CW has now lost the dressing room and OUFC will lose to many ST holders unless IL gets an inspiring manager in soon.
CW has now lost the dressing room and OUFC will lose to many ST holders unless IL gets an inspiring manager in soon. bdodwell
  • Score: 6

2:12pm Tue 2 Apr 13

steve mcavoy says...

I don't see Wright's comments as being particularly helpful. The Manager seriously needs to get his act together; there are games to be played and supporters will continue to pay out good money to support the team - this just seems like a shambles.
There is no point lining up a player to talk about 'playing for pride', 'playing for a contract', playing for the manager' etc, etc. We need a positive performance for our remaining games, especially in front of the home fans; our home record this year has been dismal!
I don't see Wright's comments as being particularly helpful. The Manager seriously needs to get his act together; there are games to be played and supporters will continue to pay out good money to support the team - this just seems like a shambles. There is no point lining up a player to talk about 'playing for pride', 'playing for a contract', playing for the manager' etc, etc. We need a positive performance for our remaining games, especially in front of the home fans; our home record this year has been dismal! steve mcavoy
  • Score: 5

3:07pm Tue 2 Apr 13

The Black Prince was off-side says...

Wilder should have gone after the appalling mess of the last seven games of the previous season. I saw each of those games, home and away, and on every occasion the result was because of poor management decisions by him and his totally ineffective side kicks. Now we are seeing a repeat in the final six games of this season.
Wilder should have gone after the appalling mess of the last seven games of the previous season. I saw each of those games, home and away, and on every occasion the result was because of poor management decisions by him and his totally ineffective side kicks. Now we are seeing a repeat in the final six games of this season. The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 5

4:06pm Tue 2 Apr 13

OxRoxBox says...

Its all a load of dis!

Dis harmony
Dis respectful (to the fans)
Dis gusting
Dis appointing
Dis turbing
Dis functional
Dis jointed
Dis tasteful
Dis illusioned . . . . . . . .

Dross of the highest order . . . anyone with self respect would fall on their sword. Its too late for that now I fear we have missed the lottery of the play offs and in severe danger of outdoing even the end of last season's woeful performance.
We, the fans, deserve better than this. COYY wear the shirt with pride and confidence! PLEASE
Its all a load of dis! Dis harmony Dis respectful (to the fans) Dis gusting Dis appointing Dis turbing Dis functional Dis jointed Dis tasteful Dis illusioned . . . . . . . . Dross of the highest order . . . anyone with self respect would fall on their sword. Its too late for that now I fear we have missed the lottery of the play offs and in severe danger of outdoing even the end of last season's woeful performance. We, the fans, deserve better than this. COYY wear the shirt with pride and confidence! PLEASE OxRoxBox
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Tue 2 Apr 13

RonAtkinson63 says...

Why do we the Supporters put up with this C**P. This is OUR club. Owners, Managers, Players will come and go but we are always here to suffer. We all know that Mr L does not give a monkeys about Oxford United or indeed Football for that matter, The same goes for Kaz. All they care about is the Cash. How can Oxford United with our fan base lose money when other clubs with less than half the people going through the turn styles make out ok?. Something tells me we are being lied too... So Kaz. has no interest in helping this club, Mr L is showing he has no interest, C.W. has not got the ability. That just leaves We the supporters. I don't think boycotting games is the answer but we can for sure show our feelings at our next home game on Sat. against Wycombe. THIS IS OUR CLUB, WE pay its running costs, WE pay its Dept, We pay the Players, WE pay the Manager, We pay the so called owner, WE pay the rent. Shout Loud and clear on Sat. We should also leave the ground 10 mins early (regardless) of the score. Maybe that will get some media attention and Mr L will have to talk to Someone ???. 1963 i started going to watch Oxford United.. Never have i felt so left out of the loop as a fan.
Why do we the Supporters put up with this C**P. This is OUR club. Owners, Managers, Players will come and go but we are always here to suffer. We all know that Mr L does not give a monkeys about Oxford United or indeed Football for that matter, The same goes for Kaz. All they care about is the Cash. How can Oxford United with our fan base lose money when other clubs with less than half the people going through the turn styles make out ok?. Something tells me we are being lied too... So Kaz. has no interest in helping this club, Mr L is showing he has no interest, C.W. has not got the ability. That just leaves We the supporters. I don't think boycotting games is the answer but we can for sure show our feelings at our next home game on Sat. against Wycombe. THIS IS OUR CLUB, WE pay its running costs, WE pay its Dept, We pay the Players, WE pay the Manager, We pay the so called owner, WE pay the rent. Shout Loud and clear on Sat. We should also leave the ground 10 mins early (regardless) of the score. Maybe that will get some media attention and Mr L will have to talk to Someone ???. 1963 i started going to watch Oxford United.. Never have i felt so left out of the loop as a fan. RonAtkinson63
  • Score: 3

7:36pm Tue 2 Apr 13

oldun says...

RonAtkinson63 wrote:
Why do we the Supporters put up with this C**P. This is OUR club. Owners, Managers, Players will come and go but we are always here to suffer. We all know that Mr L does not give a monkeys about Oxford United or indeed Football for that matter, The same goes for Kaz. All they care about is the Cash. How can Oxford United with our fan base lose money when other clubs with less than half the people going through the turn styles make out ok?. Something tells me we are being lied too... So Kaz. has no interest in helping this club, Mr L is showing he has no interest, C.W. has not got the ability. That just leaves We the supporters. I don't think boycotting games is the answer but we can for sure show our feelings at our next home game on Sat. against Wycombe. THIS IS OUR CLUB, WE pay its running costs, WE pay its Dept, We pay the Players, WE pay the Manager, We pay the so called owner, WE pay the rent. Shout Loud and clear on Sat. We should also leave the ground 10 mins early (regardless) of the score. Maybe that will get some media attention and Mr L will have to talk to Someone ???. 1963 i started going to watch Oxford United.. Never have i felt so left out of the loop as a fan.
Hear hear - mass walkout ten minutes before the end - regardless of the score
[quote][p][bold]RonAtkinson63[/bold] wrote: Why do we the Supporters put up with this C**P. This is OUR club. Owners, Managers, Players will come and go but we are always here to suffer. We all know that Mr L does not give a monkeys about Oxford United or indeed Football for that matter, The same goes for Kaz. All they care about is the Cash. How can Oxford United with our fan base lose money when other clubs with less than half the people going through the turn styles make out ok?. Something tells me we are being lied too... So Kaz. has no interest in helping this club, Mr L is showing he has no interest, C.W. has not got the ability. That just leaves We the supporters. I don't think boycotting games is the answer but we can for sure show our feelings at our next home game on Sat. against Wycombe. THIS IS OUR CLUB, WE pay its running costs, WE pay its Dept, We pay the Players, WE pay the Manager, We pay the so called owner, WE pay the rent. Shout Loud and clear on Sat. We should also leave the ground 10 mins early (regardless) of the score. Maybe that will get some media attention and Mr L will have to talk to Someone ???. 1963 i started going to watch Oxford United.. Never have i felt so left out of the loop as a fan.[/p][/quote]Hear hear - mass walkout ten minutes before the end - regardless of the score oldun
  • Score: 2

7:55pm Tue 2 Apr 13

jbowling says...

ddss
ddss jbowling
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Beau champ mummy says...

As I have said on numerous occasions lenagan is not intrested in football he's a rugby man he is destroying our club and nobody can see it
As I have said on numerous occasions lenagan is not intrested in football he's a rugby man he is destroying our club and nobody can see it Beau champ mummy
  • Score: 1

9:06pm Tue 2 Apr 13

davecuddoufc says...

Will someone please tell me why Wilder, Lewis and Melville are still here?
Will someone please tell me why Wilder, Lewis and Melville are still here? davecuddoufc
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Tue 2 Apr 13

BigAlBiker says...

Is Wildman still there?

Is Lenegan still there?

While they are I'm not.

And my season ticket money stays in the bank.

Good idea ref walkout, it might just force them to make some sort of comment.
Is Wildman still there? Is Lenegan still there? While they are I'm not. And my season ticket money stays in the bank. Good idea ref walkout, it might just force them to make some sort of comment. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Tue 2 Apr 13

adlibber says...

Manager lost the dressing room, Owner lost interest, Players lost respect for each other - all that's left is for our once proud club to lose its supporters.

Wilder is an embarrassment.
Manager lost the dressing room, Owner lost interest, Players lost respect for each other - all that's left is for our once proud club to lose its supporters. Wilder is an embarrassment. adlibber
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Tue 2 Apr 13

jack smart says...

RON ATKINSONS PLAN TO WALK OUT 10 MINS BEFORE END ON SAT IS A GREAT IDEA , WE, THE LOYAL FANS HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. PASS PLAN ONFACEBOOK AND TWITTER , HAND OUT LEAFLETS B4 GAME , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
RON ATKINSONS PLAN TO WALK OUT 10 MINS BEFORE END ON SAT IS A GREAT IDEA , WE, THE LOYAL FANS HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. PASS PLAN ONFACEBOOK AND TWITTER , HAND OUT LEAFLETS B4 GAME , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH jack smart
  • Score: 2

4:31am Wed 3 Apr 13

RonAtkinson63 says...

Its not good that We the Supporters have to take action like this, We deserve so much better, Shame on you Mr Lanegan....We deserve to be treated with respect, Most of us have manual jobs and family's to support. So when we spend our hard earned cash week in and week out on something we love. We want to be treated right!. Keeping quiet about our club (and it is OUR club) is helping nothing. Read the comments man, listen to our supporters in the stands. TALK to US, This is something WE LOVE, this is something we grew up with, this is something we talk about all week at home, on the bus, at work. Do you not understand??. Oxford United is in our blood. Maybe that's the problem, I don't think you get it do you... I wont boycott our Games, I will give you my cash but i will be heard and i WILL walk out 10 mins. before the end of the Game Sat. Even if i am the only one..
Its not good that We the Supporters have to take action like this, We deserve so much better, Shame on you Mr Lanegan....We deserve to be treated with respect, Most of us have manual jobs and family's to support. So when we spend our hard earned cash week in and week out on something we love. We want to be treated right!. Keeping quiet about our club (and it is OUR club) is helping nothing. Read the comments man, listen to our supporters in the stands. TALK to US, This is something WE LOVE, this is something we grew up with, this is something we talk about all week at home, on the bus, at work. Do you not understand??. Oxford United is in our blood. Maybe that's the problem, I don't think you get it do you... I wont boycott our Games, I will give you my cash but i will be heard and i WILL walk out 10 mins. before the end of the Game Sat. Even if i am the only one.. RonAtkinson63
  • Score: 1

3:06am Thu 4 Apr 13

Davos P says...

I'm as fiercely loyal as any Oxford fan but a walk out is negative tactics. So if we're 3-1 up on 80 minutes, people will walk? Yeah right!

If we had six points less and were in danger of relegation, would you still be walking? We need to support the players to the last second of the season and when it's the end of the season, it's time to get the message across.. Negativity in the stands breeds apathy on the pitch.
I'm as fiercely loyal as any Oxford fan but a walk out is negative tactics. So if we're 3-1 up on 80 minutes, people will walk? Yeah right! If we had six points less and were in danger of relegation, would you still be walking? We need to support the players to the last second of the season and when it's the end of the season, it's time to get the message across.. Negativity in the stands breeds apathy on the pitch. Davos P
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Thu 4 Apr 13

RonAtkinson63 says...

You think we don't have apathy on the pitch already??. Do as you will,. Myself and many others will be walking at 80 mins. YES even if we are up 3-1. We need to be heard and this seems like the only way they will listen to our "fiercely loyal" SUPPORTERS.
Peace.
You think we don't have apathy on the pitch already??. Do as you will,. Myself and many others will be walking at 80 mins. YES even if we are up 3-1. We need to be heard and this seems like the only way they will listen to our "fiercely loyal" SUPPORTERS. Peace. RonAtkinson63
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Thu 4 Apr 13

RonAtkinson63 says...

Davos P wrote:
I'm as fiercely loyal as any Oxford fan but a walk out is negative tactics. So if we're 3-1 up on 80 minutes, people will walk? Yeah right!

If we had six points less and were in danger of relegation, would you still be walking? We need to support the players to the last second of the season and when it's the end of the season, it's time to get the message across.. Negativity in the stands breeds apathy on the pitch.
You have a good point Sir and i greatly respect your standing as a Loyal Fan. But sometimes it takes one negative act to bring about many positive reactions.

Example:- To fire a Manager would be a Negative Act right?.
And that one Negative act will likely be followed by many positives. 1: New Players 2: More people through the gate 3: New belief...and much much more.
Everything about our beloved Club is NEGATIVE right now, So let US the SUPPORTERS do something about it..
[quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: I'm as fiercely loyal as any Oxford fan but a walk out is negative tactics. So if we're 3-1 up on 80 minutes, people will walk? Yeah right! If we had six points less and were in danger of relegation, would you still be walking? We need to support the players to the last second of the season and when it's the end of the season, it's time to get the message across.. Negativity in the stands breeds apathy on the pitch.[/p][/quote]You have a good point Sir and i greatly respect your standing as a Loyal Fan. But sometimes it takes one negative act to bring about many positive reactions. Example:- To fire a Manager would be a Negative Act right?. And that one Negative act will likely be followed by many positives. 1: New Players 2: More people through the gate 3: New belief...and much much more. Everything about our beloved Club is NEGATIVE right now, So let US the SUPPORTERS do something about it.. RonAtkinson63
  • Score: 0

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