U's players have last chance to impress boss Wilder

Oxford Mail: Alfie Potter could be playing his last game for Oxford United at Accrington Stanley today Alfie Potter could be playing his last game for Oxford United at Accrington Stanley today

A HOST of Oxford United players will head into today’s clash with Acc-rington Stanley knowing it could be their final game for the club.

Just two members of the side – Michael Raynes and Sean Rigg – which started the 3-0 home win over Rochdale a week ago have contracts beyond this summer.

The rest, including Michael Duberry, Damian Batt and Alfie Potter, will have to wait until next Thursday before finding out if they will be offered new deals.

All will be hoping to make the most of one final opportunity to impress, as United attempt to sign off with a run of three straight wins.

The npower League play-offs may be out of reach, but manager Chris Wilder, who signed a new 12-month contract this week, is keen to sign off for the summer with a winning streak.

He said: “That’s the aim, I was delighted for us to finish our disappointing home campaign on a real high against Rochdale.

“We’ve been excellent away from home and it will be full steam ahead because we want to finish as high as possible.

“We’ve had tough games against Accrington this season, but we know there’s a good chance we can end up ninth if we win and that’s all we’ll be focusing on.”

It is the fourth time the sides have met this season.

United romped to a 5-0 win at the Kassam Stadium in October’s reverse league fixture.

Their visit to the Crown Ground six weeks later was far tougher and they needed an injury-time header from Raynes to earn a 3-3 draw in the FA Cup second round.

The U’s went through with a 2-0 home win in the replay, but Accrington have improved since and are League Two’s form team.

Bottom of the division last month, Leam Richardson’s men have picked up 17 points from the last 24 to guarantee their Football League status.

U’s skipper Jake Wright missed the Rochdale win with a back problem and remains a doubt.

He said: “I want to play and will do everything I can with the physio (Andy Lord) to get fit.

“I’ve been playing through injuries all year and it’s one of those situations where if there’s a risk I’m not going to take it for the last game of the season.”

Striker Tyrone Marsh is in the squad after having his successful loan at Staines Town cut short, while youth team players Callum O’Dowda and Sam Long could finally be given a taste of first-team action from the bench.

TODAY’S SQUADS

Accrington Stanley: from Rachubka, Winnard, Molyneux, Aldred, Wilson, Liddle, Joyce, Hatfield, Linganzi, Boco, Amond, Beattie, Jeffers, Dunbavin, Hunt, Miller, Lindfield.

Oxford Utd: from Crocombe, Batt, Raynes, Duberry, Davis, Whing, Davies, Capaldi, Potter, Constable, Rigg, Smalley, Marsh, Pittman, O’Dowda, Heslop, Capaldi, O'Brien, Long, Worley, McCormick.

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9:56am Sat 27 Apr 13

Joe1 says...

Let's hope we finish on a high!!!
Accrington are not the same team since we last met them.
I look forward to many & interesting changes to our team & club during the coming Weeks.
Let's hope we finish on a high!!! Accrington are not the same team since we last met them. I look forward to many & interesting changes to our team & club during the coming Weeks. Joe1
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12:39pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Manor Born says...

Personally I would get rid of McCormick, Batt, Capaldi, O'Brien, Davis, Worley, Davies, Heslop, Leven,Craddock, Smalley, Pittman Parker, Richards. I would also try and move Raynes on if someone will take on his contract.

Good riddance to the lot of them. They've been masquerading as professional footballers for too long & getting shot of them can't come soon enough.

Would keep Whing, Potter, Crocombe, Marsh & Dubes in a player-coach capacity - but only if we got rid of Melville (which doesn't look likely, so Dubes will end up in the released list).
Personally I would get rid of McCormick, Batt, Capaldi, O'Brien, Davis, Worley, Davies, Heslop, Leven,Craddock, Smalley, Pittman Parker, Richards. I would also try and move Raynes on if someone will take on his contract. Good riddance to the lot of them. They've been masquerading as professional footballers for too long & getting shot of them can't come soon enough. Would keep Whing, Potter, Crocombe, Marsh & Dubes in a player-coach capacity - but only if we got rid of Melville (which doesn't look likely, so Dubes will end up in the released list). Manor Born
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1:47pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Davos P says...

Manor Born wrote:
Personally I would get rid of McCormick, Batt, Capaldi, O'Brien, Davis, Worley, Davies, Heslop, Leven,Craddock, Smalley, Pittman Parker, Richards. I would also try and move Raynes on if someone will take on his contract.

Good riddance to the lot of them. They've been masquerading as professional footballers for too long & getting shot of them can't come soon enough.

Would keep Whing, Potter, Crocombe, Marsh & Dubes in a player-coach capacity - but only if we got rid of Melville (which doesn't look likely, so Dubes will end up in the released list).
Agree with you apart from Batt, Leven and Davies who I think are good squad players. Also would like to see Pittman fit for a season
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Personally I would get rid of McCormick, Batt, Capaldi, O'Brien, Davis, Worley, Davies, Heslop, Leven,Craddock, Smalley, Pittman Parker, Richards. I would also try and move Raynes on if someone will take on his contract. Good riddance to the lot of them. They've been masquerading as professional footballers for too long & getting shot of them can't come soon enough. Would keep Whing, Potter, Crocombe, Marsh & Dubes in a player-coach capacity - but only if we got rid of Melville (which doesn't look likely, so Dubes will end up in the released list).[/p][/quote]Agree with you apart from Batt, Leven and Davies who I think are good squad players. Also would like to see Pittman fit for a season Davos P
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1:48pm Sat 27 Apr 13

87oufc says...

Manor Born wrote:
Personally I would get rid of McCormick, Batt, Capaldi, O'Brien, Davis, Worley, Davies, Heslop, Leven,Craddock, Smalley, Pittman Parker, Richards. I would also try and move Raynes on if someone will take on his contract.

Good riddance to the lot of them. They've been masquerading as professional footballers for too long & getting shot of them can't come soon enough.

Would keep Whing, Potter, Crocombe, Marsh & Dubes in a player-coach capacity - but only if we got rid of Melville (which doesn't look likely, so Dubes will end up in the released list).
I'd actually have to agree with that lineup.

McCormick - For the obvious reasons, though his presence at the club doesn't bother me as much as it does others.

Batt - Only in the last few months has, I believe, his mistakes started to fizzle out. Meaning less per match/s.

Leven - I've surprised myself in this decision to releases but I do feel he hasn't met expectations lately.
That also goes for the others, in that they've been poor as of late.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Personally I would get rid of McCormick, Batt, Capaldi, O'Brien, Davis, Worley, Davies, Heslop, Leven,Craddock, Smalley, Pittman Parker, Richards. I would also try and move Raynes on if someone will take on his contract. Good riddance to the lot of them. They've been masquerading as professional footballers for too long & getting shot of them can't come soon enough. Would keep Whing, Potter, Crocombe, Marsh & Dubes in a player-coach capacity - but only if we got rid of Melville (which doesn't look likely, so Dubes will end up in the released list).[/p][/quote]I'd actually have to agree with that lineup. McCormick - For the obvious reasons, though his presence at the club doesn't bother me as much as it does others. Batt - Only in the last few months has, I believe, his mistakes started to fizzle out. Meaning less per match/s. Leven - I've surprised myself in this decision to releases but I do feel he hasn't met expectations lately. That also goes for the others, in that they've been poor as of late. 87oufc
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2:23pm Sat 27 Apr 13

Manor Born says...

Leven has spent too much time on the treatment table and too little on the pitch to justify his contract renewal. There was a rumour that a disgraced former Scottish Premier League team were going to sign him in the summer, but no idea how true that is.

Same with Pittman too unreliable fitness wise. Batt leaves the man at the back post free too often - how many goals have we conceded from that position?
Leven has spent too much time on the treatment table and too little on the pitch to justify his contract renewal. There was a rumour that a disgraced former Scottish Premier League team were going to sign him in the summer, but no idea how true that is. Same with Pittman too unreliable fitness wise. Batt leaves the man at the back post free too often - how many goals have we conceded from that position? Manor Born
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6:40pm Sat 27 Apr 13

oldun says...

Heslop must go
Heslop must go oldun
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10:42am Sun 28 Apr 13

Richard Wickson says...

Manor Born wrote:
Leven has spent too much time on the treatment table and too little on the pitch to justify his contract renewal. There was a rumour that a disgraced former Scottish Premier League team were going to sign him in the summer, but no idea how true that is.

Same with Pittman too unreliable fitness wise. Batt leaves the man at the back post free too often - how many goals have we conceded from that position?
I agree with your previous post and this one too, Batt has potential but like almost all of this squad has failed to realise that potential and/or develop further as a player. He loses his player and then, as he has so often, lunges in and gives away free kicks. I thought he would develop but sadly he hasn't. I would also add Constable to your list on the same basis, he has gone as far as he can. The whole coaching staff should go even though we have been left with this tactically brain dead manager, Melville, Lewis and Brown should be given their P45s and let's then see if better coaches would push Wilder to improve, it's got to be worth trying now the Chairman has retained him.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Leven has spent too much time on the treatment table and too little on the pitch to justify his contract renewal. There was a rumour that a disgraced former Scottish Premier League team were going to sign him in the summer, but no idea how true that is. Same with Pittman too unreliable fitness wise. Batt leaves the man at the back post free too often - how many goals have we conceded from that position?[/p][/quote]I agree with your previous post and this one too, Batt has potential but like almost all of this squad has failed to realise that potential and/or develop further as a player. He loses his player and then, as he has so often, lunges in and gives away free kicks. I thought he would develop but sadly he hasn't. I would also add Constable to your list on the same basis, he has gone as far as he can. The whole coaching staff should go even though we have been left with this tactically brain dead manager, Melville, Lewis and Brown should be given their P45s and let's then see if better coaches would push Wilder to improve, it's got to be worth trying now the Chairman has retained him. Richard Wickson
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