Constable wants to address issue of slow starts

Oxford Mail: James Constable fires home James Constable fires home

JAMES Constable admitted Oxford United’s slow starts to the second half were becoming a concern which needs to be addressed after Rochdale hit back to earn a point at the Kassam Stadium.

The striker opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, giving the hosts an advantage at the break.

But an error-strewn spell just after the restart allowed Matthew Lund to level and claim a 1-1 draw for the visitors.

It is not the first time this season United have struggled to get going after an interval and Constable knows they need to find a solution quickly.

He said: “We need to look at how we start the second half and figure out what is going wrong to put it right before it costs us too many points.

“The second they scored, we came alive again, but it takes a goal to kick start us.

“If we can sort that out I’m sure we’ll have plenty to go on and beat teams.

“It has happened away but it seems to happen more at home – it’s almost like we take our foot off the gas.

“They are obviously a decent side but it gives them half a chance, which they took.

“It’s little things we need to work on to make sure we’re all on the same page and make sure we don’t concede.

“I think if we hadn’t conceded we would have won by three or four.”

While there were elements to work on, the 28-year-old remained upbeat.

He said: “There will be people who look at it as a missed opportunity. “The lads are trying to look at it as another point gained.

“They are a decent side and we knew they were going to make it difficult for us.”

Constable’s 24th-minute strike was a classic poacher’s finish, converting a rebound after Danny Rose’s shot was parried into his path.

It was his first goal since the birth of his daughter, Amelia, a week earlier.

She was in the crowd for the first time and Constable could not resist performing a baby rocking celebration.

He said: “Rosie did brilliantly to make the keeper pull off a save and it dropped nicely for me to tuck it in.

“I don’t like going too many games without a goal and it was nice to have the family here with the little one. “They all came so it was nice to get a goal.

“Hopefully she’s a lucky charm for me.”

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5:16pm Mon 2 Sep 13

oldun says...

CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive !
CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive ! oldun

6:22pm Mon 2 Sep 13

87oufc says...

oldun wrote:
CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive !
Irritatingly defensive for us fans watching and listening on the radio.

It is almost predictable - we score a goal and then park the bus. This leads to the visiting opposition to build confidence and test our teams defence.
This in turn leads to a goal for them and a bore draw for us.

To be honest and while we are only a few games into the new season - it all feels far too similar. This was mentioned numerous times on the radio after the Rochdale match and to be honest I feel only a complete flush of the club would be most beneficial, that is, new backroom staff, new players and a stadium purchase and a rename. But since a smidgen of anyone of those propositions have taken place - new players - we will be going around in circles.
Our squad is weak and small. To be far, fans last year called for more of the younger players to be put into the squad - we had that on Saturday and the bench looked unreliable.
The (re)signing of Hall has really irritated me and I feel the only person benefiting from the resigning is Hall himself.

What is disconcerting for me is that without Smalley how many of the games, so far, would we of won? I feel we have been lucky so far and with only a number of players out already - we are left shaky. I guess this paradigm will be tested away at Burton.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive ![/p][/quote]Irritatingly defensive for us fans watching and listening on the radio. It is almost predictable - we score a goal and then park the bus. This leads to the visiting opposition to build confidence and test our teams defence. This in turn leads to a goal for them and a bore draw for us. To be honest and while we are only a few games into the new season - it all feels far too similar. This was mentioned numerous times on the radio after the Rochdale match and to be honest I feel only a complete flush of the club would be most beneficial, that is, new backroom staff, new players and a stadium purchase and a rename. But since a smidgen of anyone of those propositions have taken place - new players - we will be going around in circles. Our squad is weak and small. To be far, fans last year called for more of the younger players to be put into the squad - we had that on Saturday and the bench looked unreliable. The (re)signing of Hall has really irritated me and I feel the only person benefiting from the resigning is Hall himself. What is disconcerting for me is that without Smalley how many of the games, so far, would we of won? I feel we have been lucky so far and with only a number of players out already - we are left shaky. I guess this paradigm will be tested away at Burton. 87oufc

11:07pm Mon 2 Sep 13

Richard Wickson says...

87oufc wrote:
oldun wrote:
CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive !
Irritatingly defensive for us fans watching and listening on the radio.

It is almost predictable - we score a goal and then park the bus. This leads to the visiting opposition to build confidence and test our teams defence.
This in turn leads to a goal for them and a bore draw for us.

To be honest and while we are only a few games into the new season - it all feels far too similar. This was mentioned numerous times on the radio after the Rochdale match and to be honest I feel only a complete flush of the club would be most beneficial, that is, new backroom staff, new players and a stadium purchase and a rename. But since a smidgen of anyone of those propositions have taken place - new players - we will be going around in circles.
Our squad is weak and small. To be far, fans last year called for more of the younger players to be put into the squad - we had that on Saturday and the bench looked unreliable.
The (re)signing of Hall has really irritated me and I feel the only person benefiting from the resigning is Hall himself.

What is disconcerting for me is that without Smalley how many of the games, so far, would we of won? I feel we have been lucky so far and with only a number of players out already - we are left shaky. I guess this paradigm will be tested away at Burton.
Totally agree, I was typing a piece and saw yours, your words are a mirror image of mine. We are just a few matches in and injuries are building, we have such a small squad and although youngsters need to be bought on we cannot rely on them to come on and change things, this needs experienced players, players that have been there before. Wilder showed on Saturday he really didn't know what to do, he said we threw men forward, really, I suppose if you count our players over the half way line then we did, but they weren't exactly breaking down the doors. Smalley did look good early on but hamstrings can be funny things to recover from and the fact CW said he would be back for Rochdale and wasn't proves my point. We look as if we might struggle particularly at home where we regress far too easily into defensive mode. It's going to be a long season!
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive ![/p][/quote]Irritatingly defensive for us fans watching and listening on the radio. It is almost predictable - we score a goal and then park the bus. This leads to the visiting opposition to build confidence and test our teams defence. This in turn leads to a goal for them and a bore draw for us. To be honest and while we are only a few games into the new season - it all feels far too similar. This was mentioned numerous times on the radio after the Rochdale match and to be honest I feel only a complete flush of the club would be most beneficial, that is, new backroom staff, new players and a stadium purchase and a rename. But since a smidgen of anyone of those propositions have taken place - new players - we will be going around in circles. Our squad is weak and small. To be far, fans last year called for more of the younger players to be put into the squad - we had that on Saturday and the bench looked unreliable. The (re)signing of Hall has really irritated me and I feel the only person benefiting from the resigning is Hall himself. What is disconcerting for me is that without Smalley how many of the games, so far, would we of won? I feel we have been lucky so far and with only a number of players out already - we are left shaky. I guess this paradigm will be tested away at Burton.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, I was typing a piece and saw yours, your words are a mirror image of mine. We are just a few matches in and injuries are building, we have such a small squad and although youngsters need to be bought on we cannot rely on them to come on and change things, this needs experienced players, players that have been there before. Wilder showed on Saturday he really didn't know what to do, he said we threw men forward, really, I suppose if you count our players over the half way line then we did, but they weren't exactly breaking down the doors. Smalley did look good early on but hamstrings can be funny things to recover from and the fact CW said he would be back for Rochdale and wasn't proves my point. We look as if we might struggle particularly at home where we regress far too easily into defensive mode. It's going to be a long season! Richard Wickson

11:07am Tue 3 Sep 13

87oufc says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
87oufc wrote:
oldun wrote:
CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive !
Irritatingly defensive for us fans watching and listening on the radio.

It is almost predictable - we score a goal and then park the bus. This leads to the visiting opposition to build confidence and test our teams defence.
This in turn leads to a goal for them and a bore draw for us.

To be honest and while we are only a few games into the new season - it all feels far too similar. This was mentioned numerous times on the radio after the Rochdale match and to be honest I feel only a complete flush of the club would be most beneficial, that is, new backroom staff, new players and a stadium purchase and a rename. But since a smidgen of anyone of those propositions have taken place - new players - we will be going around in circles.
Our squad is weak and small. To be far, fans last year called for more of the younger players to be put into the squad - we had that on Saturday and the bench looked unreliable.
The (re)signing of Hall has really irritated me and I feel the only person benefiting from the resigning is Hall himself.

What is disconcerting for me is that without Smalley how many of the games, so far, would we of won? I feel we have been lucky so far and with only a number of players out already - we are left shaky. I guess this paradigm will be tested away at Burton.
Totally agree, I was typing a piece and saw yours, your words are a mirror image of mine. We are just a few matches in and injuries are building, we have such a small squad and although youngsters need to be bought on we cannot rely on them to come on and change things, this needs experienced players, players that have been there before. Wilder showed on Saturday he really didn't know what to do, he said we threw men forward, really, I suppose if you count our players over the half way line then we did, but they weren't exactly breaking down the doors. Smalley did look good early on but hamstrings can be funny things to recover from and the fact CW said he would be back for Rochdale and wasn't proves my point. We look as if we might struggle particularly at home where we regress far too easily into defensive mode. It's going to be a long season!
You've hit the nail on the head and essentially written more of what I couldn't be bothered to do.

I don't blame Wilder for the barmy tactics and player positions since our squad size resembles a painted wall after the boss of the firm has decorated it - extremely thin and watered down.
I would like to know the answer to this question, though. Which is the result of Saturdays match. If we played more attacking football, actually became more of a threat and this resulted in Dales' goalie from removing himself from his deck chair, would we of increased the chances in scoring?

Why the negative tactics? Is it that Wilder shows no faith in his squad? Is he worried about losing at home? His current method for approaching home matches suggests this.

I was only rambling in my post, not following any specific direction but it's how I have felt for the last few years and have even "Tweeted" Radio Oxford - 'we are only going to around in circles until certain things change.' It is far too easy for us to sit at a computer desk and write what we have written but fans are very passionate about their club and naturally only want the best, despite how disillusioned we can be.

Perhaps if we had a sugardaddy, we could buy our way out of this league - Swansea and Hull. But credit for IL for wanting promotion the 'correct' way, that is, to play football rather than following the A420's method. I feel it's hard for me to listen to IL as a result of his passion for rugby.

A lot of what I believe is wrong with the club pivots on the fulcrum of the stadium. But since that isn't going to get purchased any time soon...
(how do we purchase the stadium - I don't know.)
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: CW's team's problem in home games remain being far too defensive ![/p][/quote]Irritatingly defensive for us fans watching and listening on the radio. It is almost predictable - we score a goal and then park the bus. This leads to the visiting opposition to build confidence and test our teams defence. This in turn leads to a goal for them and a bore draw for us. To be honest and while we are only a few games into the new season - it all feels far too similar. This was mentioned numerous times on the radio after the Rochdale match and to be honest I feel only a complete flush of the club would be most beneficial, that is, new backroom staff, new players and a stadium purchase and a rename. But since a smidgen of anyone of those propositions have taken place - new players - we will be going around in circles. Our squad is weak and small. To be far, fans last year called for more of the younger players to be put into the squad - we had that on Saturday and the bench looked unreliable. The (re)signing of Hall has really irritated me and I feel the only person benefiting from the resigning is Hall himself. What is disconcerting for me is that without Smalley how many of the games, so far, would we of won? I feel we have been lucky so far and with only a number of players out already - we are left shaky. I guess this paradigm will be tested away at Burton.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, I was typing a piece and saw yours, your words are a mirror image of mine. We are just a few matches in and injuries are building, we have such a small squad and although youngsters need to be bought on we cannot rely on them to come on and change things, this needs experienced players, players that have been there before. Wilder showed on Saturday he really didn't know what to do, he said we threw men forward, really, I suppose if you count our players over the half way line then we did, but they weren't exactly breaking down the doors. Smalley did look good early on but hamstrings can be funny things to recover from and the fact CW said he would be back for Rochdale and wasn't proves my point. We look as if we might struggle particularly at home where we regress far too easily into defensive mode. It's going to be a long season![/p][/quote]You've hit the nail on the head and essentially written more of what I couldn't be bothered to do. I don't blame Wilder for the barmy tactics and player positions since our squad size resembles a painted wall after the boss of the firm has decorated it - extremely thin and watered down. I would like to know the answer to this question, though. Which is the result of Saturdays match. If we played more attacking football, actually became more of a threat and this resulted in Dales' goalie from removing himself from his deck chair, would we of increased the chances in scoring? Why the negative tactics? Is it that Wilder shows no faith in his squad? Is he worried about losing at home? His current method for approaching home matches suggests this. I was only rambling in my post, not following any specific direction but it's how I have felt for the last few years and have even "Tweeted" Radio Oxford - 'we are only going to around in circles until [u]certain[/u] things change.' It is far too easy for us to sit at a computer desk and write what we have written but fans are very passionate about their club and naturally only want the best, despite how disillusioned we can be. Perhaps if we had a sugardaddy, we could buy our way out of this league - Swansea and Hull. But credit for IL for wanting promotion the 'correct' way, that is, to play football rather than following the A420's method. I feel it's hard for me to listen to IL as a result of his passion for rugby. A lot of what I believe is wrong with the club pivots on the fulcrum of the stadium. But since that isn't going to get purchased any time soon... (how do we purchase the stadium - I don't know.) 87oufc

11:18am Tue 3 Sep 13

LeGod says...

L2 to stay - you have reached your highest level of football.

A third rate team managed by a third rate manager and third rate fans.

STFC will always be superior.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW :)
L2 to stay - you have reached your highest level of football. A third rate team managed by a third rate manager and third rate fans. STFC will always be superior. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW :) LeGod

1:57pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Richard Wickson says...

87oufc We are in agreement again, this time on the stadium, it really is the Millstone around the clubs neck, had Nick Merry been able to buy the club lock stock and barrel then the club probably wouldn't be in this mess today, Merry has to shoulder at least part of the blame along with Kassam. I have always said we shouldn't berate Kassam too much as he did save the club from oblivion but he then rifled the safe and walked of with the clubs jewels. My attitude toward him has changed recently particularly as he and his company have appealed the findings of the Community Asset Order placed on the stadium. This to me shows what a mean minded man he is, the Football Club was never high on his priority list, he purely wanted the assets the club had namely the land. How we rid ourselves of this man is an issue that only wealthy investors can solve, the stadium probably isn't worth what it cost to build let alone what Kassam wants for it, it's a 3 sided folly to one mans vanity, at least Morecambe had the sense and forethought to build a "mini stand" down the narrow side to balance the look of the ground until they can increase it in size. The rent the club pay him limits their ability to attract the players we need to bring consistency to the the club. While not being IL's biggest fan due to his love of Rugby League he does bring business sense to the club even if he he doesn't have the wallet required to buy the ground.
87oufc We are in agreement again, this time on the stadium, it really is the Millstone around the clubs neck, had Nick Merry been able to buy the club lock stock and barrel then the club probably wouldn't be in this mess today, Merry has to shoulder at least part of the blame along with Kassam. I have always said we shouldn't berate Kassam too much as he did save the club from oblivion but he then rifled the safe and walked of with the clubs jewels. My attitude toward him has changed recently particularly as he and his company have appealed the findings of the Community Asset Order placed on the stadium. This to me shows what a mean minded man he is, the Football Club was never high on his priority list, he purely wanted the assets the club had namely the land. How we rid ourselves of this man is an issue that only wealthy investors can solve, the stadium probably isn't worth what it cost to build let alone what Kassam wants for it, it's a 3 sided folly to one mans vanity, at least Morecambe had the sense and forethought to build a "mini stand" down the narrow side to balance the look of the ground until they can increase it in size. The rent the club pay him limits their ability to attract the players we need to bring consistency to the the club. While not being IL's biggest fan due to his love of Rugby League he does bring business sense to the club even if he he doesn't have the wallet required to buy the ground. Richard Wickson

4:49am Thu 5 Sep 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

Composed finish from the Bean.

Can I just say that Greg Dyke saying England can win the world cup in qatar....not a chance.....not a hope in hell.....i thought we'd got over thinking we could win.....and in qatar.....compare englands squad and spain's b or c squad and the reasons are blatant.......
Composed finish from the Bean. Can I just say that Greg Dyke saying England can win the world cup in qatar....not a chance.....not a hope in hell.....i thought we'd got over thinking we could win.....and in qatar.....compare englands squad and spain's b or c squad and the reasons are blatant....... BenkiuGuasu

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