Waddock's Oxford United reign opens with heavy defeat

Oxford United's Alfie Potter sets off on a run

Oxford United's Alfie Potter sets off on a run

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Southend Utd 3

(Atkinson 9, Barnard pen 16, Loza 86)

Oxford Utd 0

Oxford United were blown away by Southend United as Gary Waddock's reign began with a heavy defeat at Roots Hall.

The result looked likely inside the opening 20 minutes as the hosts made the most of a nervous start.

They raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Will Atkinson's neat finish and a penalty by Lee Barnard.

Ryan Clarke conceded the spot kick but more than made amends with a series of excellent saves to keep United in the game.

They were unable to take a couple of decent chances and Southend added a third late on through man of the match Jamar Loza.

The result was Southend's first win in two months to send them back into the play-off places and leave United looking nervously over their shoulders.

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New boss Gary Waddock salutes the Oxford fans at the start

Waddock's first selection showed three changes from the side which started Friday's 1-0 home win over Hartlepool United.

Deane Smalley, Danny Rose and Alfie Potter came in for David Connolly, Andy Whing and Ryan Williams, who dropped to the bench.

The seeds of an uncertain performance were sown inside the opening minute.

Jake Wright played Sam Long into trouble and Loza blocked the youngster's clearance.

Fortunately for United the ball ricocheted for Clarke to race out and smother, but it was began a torrid opening 20 minutes.

The impressive Loza, making his first start on loan from Norwich City, had a role in the opening goal, which arrived on nine minutes.

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Oxford United captain Jake Wright controls the ball

United failed to cut out a pass to the striker, who had pulled wide to the left.

His cross reached Atkinson and the midfielder finished crisply from eight yards.

Just as in their 3-0 defeat to Chesterfield ten days earlier, one early goal led to another for United.

Again Loza was heavily involved, running on to a long ball and pressurising Wright into a weak header which allowed he striker to beat Clarke to the ball.

The goalkeeper's momentum floored Loza for a penalty, which Barnard coolly dispatched.

Southend, who had not won in 12 league games, were full of confidence and only a smart save from Clarke prevented Michael Timlin from extending the lead.

It took almost half a hour for United, who badly missed Whing's steel in the middle of the park, to seriously threaten.

When the chance came it was a good one, as David Hunt's corner found an unmarked James Constable to volley off-target.

But Loza remained the most dangerous player on the pitch. On 33 minutes he outmuscled a panicky Long in the area and cut inside, where Clarke was needed to make another decent stop.

United might have been out of the game, but having ridden their luck the visitors had a chance to get back in it late in the half.

Hunt's corner was met firmly by Smalley's header, but Kevan Hurst was in the right place to clear off the line.

The first half display gave Waddock plenty of food for thought at the break, but United had another chance shortly after the restart.

Hunt's long throw just cleared a defender and Constable, not expecting the ball to reach him, could only chest it wide.

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Oxford United's Josh Ruffels knocks the ball forward

A goal would have brought them right back into the game, but a lack of quality hampered the odds of a comeback.

Southend looked far more dangerous and only a series of fine saves after the hour from Clarke kept the contest alive.

After tipping a fierce Hurst drive over, he made an even better stop from the resulting corner to divert John Egan's header over the bar with his knee.

The defender was denied again two minutes later after winning another header at a corner.

United continued to probe without much joy, as all the clear chances came at the other end.

Clarke was forced into another excellent tip over the bar after Ryan Leonard's 30-yard effort took a wicked deflection.

The pressure finally told four minutes from time and it was no surprise the inspiration came from Loza.

Showing great strength to hold off Wright twice, the striker shows the U's skipper a clean pair of heels before smashing a finish past Clarke.

It was no less than he, or Southend, deserved and suggested Waddock has lots to do before Saturday's trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Southend Utd (4-4-2): Bentley, White, Egan, Sokolik, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Timlin (Laird 68), Atkinson, Barnard (Straker 87), Loza.

Unused subs: Smith, Prosser, Eastwood, Clifford, Payne.

Booked: None.

Oxford Utd (4-4-2): Clarke, Bevans, Long, Wright, Hunt, Potter, Rose, Ruffels, Rigg, Smalley, Constable Subs used: Williams (Rigg 55), Davies (Rose 65), Connolly (Constable 80).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Raynes, Wroe, Whing.

Booked: None. 

Southend Utd (4-4-2): Bentley, White, Egan, Sokolik, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Timlin (Laird 68), Atkinson, Barnard (Straker 87), Loza.

Unused subs: Smith, Prosser, Eastwood, Clifford, Payne.

Booked: None.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 6,078 (175 visitors).

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9:53pm Mon 24 Mar 14

learned says...

How on earth can Lewis and Melville stay on after that rubbish.
They were the ones who were supposed to have selected the team !
Why change a winning team ?
If it wasn't for Clarke it could have been 7 or 8
How on earth can Lewis and Melville stay on after that rubbish. They were the ones who were supposed to have selected the team ! Why change a winning team ? If it wasn't for Clarke it could have been 7 or 8 learned
  • Score: 16

9:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

OUFC1983 says...

Horrendous tonight and the team was all down to Lewis and Melville. Both Whing and Connolly played well against Hartlepool, then they're dropped for two out of form players in Rose and Smalley. Team selection was totally wrong from the off. I pray to god that Mr Waddock gets stuck into the players otherwise we won't win another game this season.
Horrendous tonight and the team was all down to Lewis and Melville. Both Whing and Connolly played well against Hartlepool, then they're dropped for two out of form players in Rose and Smalley. Team selection was totally wrong from the off. I pray to god that Mr Waddock gets stuck into the players otherwise we won't win another game this season. OUFC1983
  • Score: 18

9:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

Complete abject rubbish from start to finish, without Clarke we would have been beaten by six.

So tell me, what's with Wright, Potter, Davies and Smalley and the beards? Slowing them down is it? We had no pace at all, no chasing or hassling there players, they were better in every department than is, total crap.

And the worst decision of the night, he puts on Connolly and takes Beano off over Smalley who yet again was committing fraud, and switches Alfie in the middle, oh yeah a giant against there defenders.

We had a bit of a gathering to watch this game and with ten minutes to go a quarter of our group went home despondent at what they saw.

I reckon even the playoffs are a thing of the past.

Utter utter rubbish all night, and you lot can blast me all you like because were simply not good enough AT ALL, and you know it.
Complete abject rubbish from start to finish, without Clarke we would have been beaten by six. So tell me, what's with Wright, Potter, Davies and Smalley and the beards? Slowing them down is it? We had no pace at all, no chasing or hassling there players, they were better in every department than is, total crap. And the worst decision of the night, he puts on Connolly and takes Beano off over Smalley who yet again was committing fraud, and switches Alfie in the middle, oh yeah a giant against there defenders. We had a bit of a gathering to watch this game and with ten minutes to go a quarter of our group went home despondent at what they saw. I reckon even the playoffs are a thing of the past. Utter utter rubbish all night, and you lot can blast me all you like because were simply not good enough AT ALL, and you know it. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 31

9:57pm Mon 24 Mar 14

onthebench says...

We were so lucky to concede only 3! Ryan Clarke was man of the match by a million miles. Our second best player was..........er.....
.....um...........th
ere wasn't one! So many players out of a contract at the end of the season that were playing for their futures. Seems like their futures are away from Oxford. Wright had concrete boots, Potter was awful, Smalley clueless, once again absolutely no midfield. No blame to Waddock, total blame to the players. Awful.
We were so lucky to concede only 3! Ryan Clarke was man of the match by a million miles. Our second best player was..........er..... .....um...........th ere wasn't one! So many players out of a contract at the end of the season that were playing for their futures. Seems like their futures are away from Oxford. Wright had concrete boots, Potter was awful, Smalley clueless, once again absolutely no midfield. No blame to Waddock, total blame to the players. Awful. onthebench
  • Score: 17

9:59pm Mon 24 Mar 14

northampton yellow says...

The mail needs to understand that waddock never picked the side Lewis did what the hell is he doing still coaching and mellville why can't waddock bring his own staff in with them 2 idiots there coaching we will be going nowhere another farce
The mail needs to understand that waddock never picked the side Lewis did what the hell is he doing still coaching and mellville why can't waddock bring his own staff in with them 2 idiots there coaching we will be going nowhere another farce northampton yellow
  • Score: 12

10:07pm Mon 24 Mar 14

dovepe says...

To lightweight in midfield.whing & davies should have started.potter & rigg out of form.ball was be played back all night.no idea.season looks over.
To lightweight in midfield.whing & davies should have started.potter & rigg out of form.ball was be played back all night.no idea.season looks over. dovepe
  • Score: 8

10:07pm Mon 24 Mar 14

London_Ox says...

Complete and utter shambles and unacceptable.

This result comes too soon after the Chesterfield performance and what happened to giving your all for the new Manager??!

Hesitant, not really at the races, lacking in confidence, lethargic, no leaders on the pitch. Pathetic.

Rose and Potter = too lightweight and were like baby giraffes on rollerskates..

Smally and Rigg = Laurel and Hardy..

As for the defence.. People like Wright are a shadow of the former self

Too much dross and dead wood.. We need a big clear out in the summer both in players and backroom staff... Ii cant think of too many I would keep... Total lack of consistency and I think we need a lot of new bodies and fresh blood...

Nearly ended up going tonight and thank goodness I didnt..
Complete and utter shambles and unacceptable. This result comes too soon after the Chesterfield performance and what happened to giving your all for the new Manager??! Hesitant, not really at the races, lacking in confidence, lethargic, no leaders on the pitch. Pathetic. Rose and Potter = too lightweight and were like baby giraffes on rollerskates.. Smally and Rigg = Laurel and Hardy.. As for the defence.. People like Wright are a shadow of the former self Too much dross and dead wood.. We need a big clear out in the summer both in players and backroom staff... Ii cant think of too many I would keep... Total lack of consistency and I think we need a lot of new bodies and fresh blood... Nearly ended up going tonight and thank goodness I didnt.. London_Ox
  • Score: 20

10:12pm Mon 24 Mar 14

senior supporter says...

Embarrasing is a kind word to describe that performance. Midfield non existent (AGain), defence totally out run, no pace, giving the ball away in critical areas, Mr Waddock needs a complete rebuild this summer
Embarrasing is a kind word to describe that performance. Midfield non existent (AGain), defence totally out run, no pace, giving the ball away in critical areas, Mr Waddock needs a complete rebuild this summer senior supporter
  • Score: 8

10:13pm Mon 24 Mar 14

South Upper 87 says...

Wright had an absolute stinker tonight. Slow ,too many misplaced clearances, just seemed frightened to commit to any tackle. As others have said Clarke had a brilliant game apart from conceding a crazy penalty, Just dont know where GW can start after that display, we need to ship out most of the players with Lewis and Melville as well.
Wright had an absolute stinker tonight. Slow ,too many misplaced clearances, just seemed frightened to commit to any tackle. As others have said Clarke had a brilliant game apart from conceding a crazy penalty, Just dont know where GW can start after that display, we need to ship out most of the players with Lewis and Melville as well. South Upper 87
  • Score: 12

10:19pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

Oh as others have mentioned, why do we tend to go backwards from free kicks? I noticed ten minutes from the end the ball was played to Smalley and like an owl his neck swivelled round backwards three times so he could pass back.

Desperate measures are needed, GW has my support to ship out the rubbish and let's hope he has a few gems in his notebook he can bring in.
Oh as others have mentioned, why do we tend to go backwards from free kicks? I noticed ten minutes from the end the ball was played to Smalley and like an owl his neck swivelled round backwards three times so he could pass back. Desperate measures are needed, GW has my support to ship out the rubbish and let's hope he has a few gems in his notebook he can bring in. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 7

10:27pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Manor Born says...

Can't blame Waddock for that defeat - he's only been at the club a few hours. Abject performance, let's hope he's learnt from what he saw tonight though. In Clarke, we have one of the best goalkeepers in the bottom two divisions and we are so lucky to have him. But as for the rest, they should all take a long hard look at themselves. Where was the pride, where was the passion, where was the fight and desire? So much for trying to impress the new man in charge. It would seem half the squad couldn't care less if they are here next season or not. Quite frankly I will be glad if a few of them aren't.

Hopefully we'll never see Smalley in a yellow shirt ever again (unless it's a binman's hi-vis jacket). We desperately need some pace and some creativity. But then, we've been desperate for that all season. Time to show us what you're made off Mr. Waddock. If you can sort this mess out, I will gladly admit I was wrong about your appointment - and I know this will take longer than the 7 games we have left. I hope you do.
Can't blame Waddock for that defeat - he's only been at the club a few hours. Abject performance, let's hope he's learnt from what he saw tonight though. In Clarke, we have one of the best goalkeepers in the bottom two divisions and we are so lucky to have him. But as for the rest, they should all take a long hard look at themselves. Where was the pride, where was the passion, where was the fight and desire? So much for trying to impress the new man in charge. It would seem half the squad couldn't care less if they are here next season or not. Quite frankly I will be glad if a few of them aren't. Hopefully we'll never see Smalley in a yellow shirt ever again (unless it's a binman's hi-vis jacket). We desperately need some pace and some creativity. But then, we've been desperate for that all season. Time to show us what you're made off Mr. Waddock. If you can sort this mess out, I will gladly admit I was wrong about your appointment - and I know this will take longer than the 7 games we have left. I hope you do. Manor Born
  • Score: 9

10:28pm Mon 24 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

Are we allowed to play the youth team at dagenham , with Clarke In goal ?
Are we allowed to play the youth team at dagenham , with Clarke In goal ? dorsetyellows
  • Score: 6

10:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

oxcidental says...

Even Paul Daniels could not sort out this mess ......most of them should be sent to Northampton......YEL
LOW BELLIES!!!!!!! bring the youngsters in...NOW !!
Even Paul Daniels could not sort out this mess ......most of them should be sent to Northampton......YEL LOW BELLIES!!!!!!! bring the youngsters in...NOW !! oxcidental
  • Score: 6

11:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

35 year fan says...

a night when big al biker has the highest score and who can argue. looking at that you have to be very relieved we aren't fighting relegation. smalley and rose - s**t doesn't even start to describe them and the back four wouldn't have coped in the conference.
a night when big al biker has the highest score and who can argue. looking at that you have to be very relieved we aren't fighting relegation. smalley and rose - s**t doesn't even start to describe them and the back four wouldn't have coped in the conference. 35 year fan
  • Score: 10

11:48pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Davos P says...

I must admit, Waddock doesn't come across to me as the most assertive or inspirational. However, I may be wrong on that. In terms of performance we were completely outgunned and tactics were awful, we should have had a run at them loads more as they did look vulnerable on the rare occasions we took the ball past them and moved it quick. It seemed crying out for 4-2-3-1 with Potter and Williams wide but then he goes 4-3-1-2 and puts Potter centrally. That made us even worse!! Despite the formation though we should have had a better pressing game and ball control. Makes you wonder what they're up to during the week!
I must admit, Waddock doesn't come across to me as the most assertive or inspirational. However, I may be wrong on that. In terms of performance we were completely outgunned and tactics were awful, we should have had a run at them loads more as they did look vulnerable on the rare occasions we took the ball past them and moved it quick. It seemed crying out for 4-2-3-1 with Potter and Williams wide but then he goes 4-3-1-2 and puts Potter centrally. That made us even worse!! Despite the formation though we should have had a better pressing game and ball control. Makes you wonder what they're up to during the week! Davos P
  • Score: 3

1:32am Tue 25 Mar 14

YellowinMelbourne says...

It is at times like this I am glad to be on the other side of the world in Melbourne! Must admit that I was not expecting anything from this game as Southend were destined to end their winless run, and they always beat us. Waddock cannot be blamed, but now he has a week on the training ground with the lads, more will be expected for the next game. We have some top half teams coming up in the final 7 games, so our destiny is still in our hands, but on the basis of this performance it is going to be tough. We really need a decent run of results to get some form going into the play-offs, otherwise it's yet another disappointing end of season slide out of the play-offs. COYY
It is at times like this I am glad to be on the other side of the world in Melbourne! Must admit that I was not expecting anything from this game as Southend were destined to end their winless run, and they always beat us. Waddock cannot be blamed, but now he has a week on the training ground with the lads, more will be expected for the next game. We have some top half teams coming up in the final 7 games, so our destiny is still in our hands, but on the basis of this performance it is going to be tough. We really need a decent run of results to get some form going into the play-offs, otherwise it's yet another disappointing end of season slide out of the play-offs. COYY YellowinMelbourne
  • Score: 5

5:20am Tue 25 Mar 14

Southstandupper says...

Well done the players!!!! instead of showing GW that you are worthy of playing for OUFC you have shown that the only thing GW needs to do now is ship the lot of you (Clarke and maybe the young players excepted) out ASAP and bring players who WANT to play for us. I think this is the last time ML and AM will have a say in the team set up. OK so injuries may have contributed to the line up but if that is the case then it proves the squad is not strong or deep enough to cover injuries. GW has a big job on the training ground this week and I am sure we will see a different set up and style of play next game. Only good thing is that we have enough points not to get relegated after that performance unless the FA decide that under the Trade Description Act decide we are not a football team and throw us out!
Well done the players!!!! instead of showing GW that you are worthy of playing for OUFC you have shown that the only thing GW needs to do now is ship the lot of you (Clarke and maybe the young players excepted) out ASAP and bring players who WANT to play for us. I think this is the last time ML and AM will have a say in the team set up. OK so injuries may have contributed to the line up but if that is the case then it proves the squad is not strong or deep enough to cover injuries. GW has a big job on the training ground this week and I am sure we will see a different set up and style of play next game. Only good thing is that we have enough points not to get relegated after that performance unless the FA decide that under the Trade Description Act decide we are not a football team and throw us out! Southstandupper
  • Score: 9

7:00am Tue 25 Mar 14

happyharryhardon says...

m officially resigning as an oxford united supporter, I will no longer go to any games, I will no longer suffer the **** they serve up anymore.
m officially resigning as an oxford united supporter, I will no longer go to any games, I will no longer suffer the **** they serve up anymore. happyharryhardon
  • Score: -7

7:31am Tue 25 Mar 14

william12 says...

The players are not good enough last nights embarrasing display finally proves it.This is the legacy of the wilder area complete clear out needed.Prediction finish 10th all over.
The players are not good enough last nights embarrasing display finally proves it.This is the legacy of the wilder area complete clear out needed.Prediction finish 10th all over. william12
  • Score: 4

7:36am Tue 25 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Most telling moment from last night a young boy outclassing 4 hapless defenders despite a couple of stumbles to score a decent goal. Everything we lacked young Loza had; speed,determination,
desire, skill, and stamina.

The entire team apart from Clarke (his one blot was stupid challenge for pen) were like rabbits in headlights. Totally clueless all over the park. I genuinely wouldn't pick anyone outside of the keeper for next season. Constable is a shadow of the player he was and for me he doesn't deserve a new contract, actually neither do the rest of the team other than Clarke. Last night convinced me that our league position was always a false one, thanks to poor results from teams around us. As other fans have said we need a clearout of the dross that we've inherited. One of the most bizarre comments from Don Goodman was 'Lewis did a great job as caretaker manager!!?? 3 wins in 12 is a great job?

Lewis and Melville need to go they've become a curse to the club. The fixture list over next 5 games tells me our season is done and I doubt we can hang on to a play off spot now. I actually feel sorry for Waddock given the dross he has to work with. Sub 4k gates next season? Lenagan has a lot of work to do if he wants fans to back him for yet another season in the lower tier.
Most telling moment from last night a young boy outclassing 4 hapless defenders despite a couple of stumbles to score a decent goal. Everything we lacked young Loza had; speed,determination, desire, skill, and stamina. The entire team apart from Clarke (his one blot was stupid challenge for pen) were like rabbits in headlights. Totally clueless all over the park. I genuinely wouldn't pick anyone outside of the keeper for next season. Constable is a shadow of the player he was and for me he doesn't deserve a new contract, actually neither do the rest of the team other than Clarke. Last night convinced me that our league position was always a false one, thanks to poor results from teams around us. As other fans have said we need a clearout of the dross that we've inherited. One of the most bizarre comments from Don Goodman was 'Lewis did a great job as caretaker manager!!?? 3 wins in 12 is a great job? Lewis and Melville need to go they've become a curse to the club. The fixture list over next 5 games tells me our season is done and I doubt we can hang on to a play off spot now. I actually feel sorry for Waddock given the dross he has to work with. Sub 4k gates next season? Lenagan has a lot of work to do if he wants fans to back him for yet another season in the lower tier. adlibber
  • Score: 12

8:10am Tue 25 Mar 14

camden says...

As most comments have already pointed out, Oxford United look a total shambles. Waddock (who bears a canny resemblance to Fozzie Bear) looked totally shell shocked ( I kept expecting him to get out his mobile phone to give Karl Robinson at MK Dons a ring to ask for his old job back), The players did not have a clue, Waldorf and Staddler (Lewis and Melville) sat in the dug out smiling smugly and giggling like two school girls but still trying to hide their faces every time a camera pointed at them.
Mid table Anonymity and another chance for promotion blown.
The final insult to injury will come on the last day of the season. Northampton will trounce Oxford and secure their League two survival, Oxford (by some miracle still in with a chance of a play off place at the start of the game) will have their fate sealed by the man who walked away.
Poetic justice some may say!!!!!!!!!! and to add even more insult to injury Waldorf and Staddler (Lewis and Melville) will still be sat in the dug out smiling smugly and giggling like two school girls and still trying to hide their faces every time a camera points at them.
As most comments have already pointed out, Oxford United look a total shambles. Waddock (who bears a canny resemblance to Fozzie Bear) looked totally shell shocked ( I kept expecting him to get out his mobile phone to give Karl Robinson at MK Dons a ring to ask for his old job back), The players did not have a clue, Waldorf and Staddler (Lewis and Melville) sat in the dug out smiling smugly and giggling like two school girls but still trying to hide their faces every time a camera pointed at them. Mid table Anonymity and another chance for promotion blown. The final insult to injury will come on the last day of the season. Northampton will trounce Oxford and secure their League two survival, Oxford (by some miracle still in with a chance of a play off place at the start of the game) will have their fate sealed by the man who walked away. Poetic justice some may say!!!!!!!!!! and to add even more insult to injury Waldorf and Staddler (Lewis and Melville) will still be sat in the dug out smiling smugly and giggling like two school girls and still trying to hide their faces every time a camera points at them. camden
  • Score: 4

8:15am Tue 25 Mar 14

oldun says...

adlibber wrote:
Most telling moment from last night a young boy outclassing 4 hapless defenders despite a couple of stumbles to score a decent goal. Everything we lacked young Loza had; speed,determination,

desire, skill, and stamina.

The entire team apart from Clarke (his one blot was stupid challenge for pen) were like rabbits in headlights. Totally clueless all over the park. I genuinely wouldn't pick anyone outside of the keeper for next season. Constable is a shadow of the player he was and for me he doesn't deserve a new contract, actually neither do the rest of the team other than Clarke. Last night convinced me that our league position was always a false one, thanks to poor results from teams around us. As other fans have said we need a clearout of the dross that we've inherited. One of the most bizarre comments from Don Goodman was 'Lewis did a great job as caretaker manager!!?? 3 wins in 12 is a great job?

Lewis and Melville need to go they've become a curse to the club. The fixture list over next 5 games tells me our season is done and I doubt we can hang on to a play off spot now. I actually feel sorry for Waddock given the dross he has to work with. Sub 4k gates next season? Lenagan has a lot of work to do if he wants fans to back him for yet another season in the lower tier.
Superb post - the best of a great bunch. Constable tries very had but is not worth £175 - let alone the £175k we turned down from the Gas. We need more pace - plus the guile of a Connolly
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Most telling moment from last night a young boy outclassing 4 hapless defenders despite a couple of stumbles to score a decent goal. Everything we lacked young Loza had; speed,determination, desire, skill, and stamina. The entire team apart from Clarke (his one blot was stupid challenge for pen) were like rabbits in headlights. Totally clueless all over the park. I genuinely wouldn't pick anyone outside of the keeper for next season. Constable is a shadow of the player he was and for me he doesn't deserve a new contract, actually neither do the rest of the team other than Clarke. Last night convinced me that our league position was always a false one, thanks to poor results from teams around us. As other fans have said we need a clearout of the dross that we've inherited. One of the most bizarre comments from Don Goodman was 'Lewis did a great job as caretaker manager!!?? 3 wins in 12 is a great job? Lewis and Melville need to go they've become a curse to the club. The fixture list over next 5 games tells me our season is done and I doubt we can hang on to a play off spot now. I actually feel sorry for Waddock given the dross he has to work with. Sub 4k gates next season? Lenagan has a lot of work to do if he wants fans to back him for yet another season in the lower tier.[/p][/quote]Superb post - the best of a great bunch. Constable tries very had but is not worth £175 - let alone the £175k we turned down from the Gas. We need more pace - plus the guile of a Connolly oldun
  • Score: 5

8:44am Tue 25 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

After a nights thought.

Clarke = Keep
Hunt = undecided
Newey = undecided
Raynes = let go
Mullins = keep
Wright = keep
Potter = lost his pace, let go
Rigg = lost his pace, let go
Williams = keep if poss
Wroe = go back
Rose = let go
Smalley = no footballer that's for sure show him the door
Constable = undecided
Bevans = keep
Long = keep
Kitson = undecided
Connolly = keep if poss
Meades = no idea (looked ok in pre season)
Whing = keep
Davies = let go
Marsh = keep
Crocombe = keep
After a nights thought. Clarke = Keep Hunt = undecided Newey = undecided Raynes = let go Mullins = keep Wright = keep Potter = lost his pace, let go Rigg = lost his pace, let go Williams = keep if poss Wroe = go back Rose = let go Smalley = no footballer that's for sure show him the door Constable = undecided Bevans = keep Long = keep Kitson = undecided Connolly = keep if poss Meades = no idea (looked ok in pre season) Whing = keep Davies = let go Marsh = keep Crocombe = keep BigAlBiker
  • Score: 4

9:19am Tue 25 Mar 14

A Scroat says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
After a nights thought.

Clarke = Keep
Hunt = undecided
Newey = undecided
Raynes = let go
Mullins = keep
Wright = keep
Potter = lost his pace, let go
Rigg = lost his pace, let go
Williams = keep if poss
Wroe = go back
Rose = let go
Smalley = no footballer that's for sure show him the door
Constable = undecided
Bevans = keep
Long = keep
Kitson = undecided
Connolly = keep if poss
Meades = no idea (looked ok in pre season)
Whing = keep
Davies = let go
Marsh = keep
Crocombe = keep
Good post. I honestly believe Constable, aka - another missed goal, has become a liability as a forward. Perhaps try him out as an attacking midfielder as he does try. If you look at his goals (9) and Connolly (8) there is the proof. Connolly has only played a handfull of games. We need a PROPER striker.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: After a nights thought. Clarke = Keep Hunt = undecided Newey = undecided Raynes = let go Mullins = keep Wright = keep Potter = lost his pace, let go Rigg = lost his pace, let go Williams = keep if poss Wroe = go back Rose = let go Smalley = no footballer that's for sure show him the door Constable = undecided Bevans = keep Long = keep Kitson = undecided Connolly = keep if poss Meades = no idea (looked ok in pre season) Whing = keep Davies = let go Marsh = keep Crocombe = keep[/p][/quote]Good post. I honestly believe Constable, aka - another missed goal, has become a liability as a forward. Perhaps try him out as an attacking midfielder as he does try. If you look at his goals (9) and Connolly (8) there is the proof. Connolly has only played a handfull of games. We need a PROPER striker. A Scroat
  • Score: 9

9:39am Tue 25 Mar 14

LeGod says...

Well what a really poor team you are i was laughing all through it. Hoof Ball all night and looked like a bunch of non league players.

Absolutely loved the fact you got stuffed and by this weekend could be out the play off places.

Fantastic night seeing you lot get stuffed.

As i keep telling you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW

Keep playing like that and who knows you could be back where most of your history is in the non leagues.

GREAT NIGHT
Well what a really poor team you are i was laughing all through it. Hoof Ball all night and looked like a bunch of non league players. Absolutely loved the fact you got stuffed and by this weekend could be out the play off places. Fantastic night seeing you lot get stuffed. As i keep telling you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW Keep playing like that and who knows you could be back where most of your history is in the non leagues. GREAT NIGHT LeGod
  • Score: -13

10:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

william12 says...

LeGod wrote:
Well what a really poor team you are i was laughing all through it. Hoof Ball all night and looked like a bunch of non league players. Absolutely loved the fact you got stuffed and by this weekend could be out the play off places. Fantastic night seeing you lot get stuffed. As i keep telling you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW Keep playing like that and who knows you could be back where most of your history is in the non leagues. GREAT NIGHT
Cant argue with that description.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Well what a really poor team you are i was laughing all through it. Hoof Ball all night and looked like a bunch of non league players. Absolutely loved the fact you got stuffed and by this weekend could be out the play off places. Fantastic night seeing you lot get stuffed. As i keep telling you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW Keep playing like that and who knows you could be back where most of your history is in the non leagues. GREAT NIGHT[/p][/quote]Cant argue with that description. william12
  • Score: 3

11:38am Tue 25 Mar 14

camden says...

william12 wrote:
LeGod wrote:
Well what a really poor team you are i was laughing all through it. Hoof Ball all night and looked like a bunch of non league players. Absolutely loved the fact you got stuffed and by this weekend could be out the play off places. Fantastic night seeing you lot get stuffed. As i keep telling you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW Keep playing like that and who knows you could be back where most of your history is in the non leagues. GREAT NIGHT
Cant argue with that description.
I'm totally shocked, A Swindon fan actually talking a little sense. In response, Yes We are a poor side and Yes we did look like a non-league side and yes we have cocked it up and will have to spend another season in League Two.
But NO we will never be in your shadow cos such a poxy club like yourselves cast a shadow just about the size of a postage stamp. Swindon must be such a dull uninspiring boring hole if you have got nothing better to do with your time than watch the team you supposedly hate so much on TV. I personally would rather sit through ninety minutes of the test card on BBC 1 than watch Swindon play. The test card would probably be far more entertaining as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Well what a really poor team you are i was laughing all through it. Hoof Ball all night and looked like a bunch of non league players. Absolutely loved the fact you got stuffed and by this weekend could be out the play off places. Fantastic night seeing you lot get stuffed. As i keep telling you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW Keep playing like that and who knows you could be back where most of your history is in the non leagues. GREAT NIGHT[/p][/quote]Cant argue with that description.[/p][/quote]I'm totally shocked, A Swindon fan actually talking a little sense. In response, Yes We are a poor side and Yes we did look like a non-league side and yes we have cocked it up and will have to spend another season in League Two. But NO we will never be in your shadow cos such a poxy club like yourselves cast a shadow just about the size of a postage stamp. Swindon must be such a dull uninspiring boring hole if you have got nothing better to do with your time than watch the team you supposedly hate so much on TV. I personally would rather sit through ninety minutes of the test card on BBC 1 than watch Swindon play. The test card would probably be far more entertaining as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! camden
  • Score: 8

11:43am Tue 25 Mar 14

tws says...

What a neggy bunch of posts but hardly surprising, I guess! I wonder if the players read these??? Maybe they should be forced too?
If the players wanted Mickey as boss, they sure showed it in an extraordinary way & if they went out to impress a new boss, as is usual in football, then the people commented on here about a clear out are probably right.
I think CW took us as far as he could but I still feel another reason he left for Northampton was he knew we were a couple of players short. I just wonder where we'd be with those two signings, (he secured at his new club), we could still of been top three???? His big mistake I feel was placing too much on Kitson!!
Move on, next season now, GM will need time to get the players he wants, let's give him a fair shot at it!!!!
What a neggy bunch of posts but hardly surprising, I guess! I wonder if the players read these??? Maybe they should be forced too? If the players wanted Mickey as boss, they sure showed it in an extraordinary way & if they went out to impress a new boss, as is usual in football, then the people commented on here about a clear out are probably right. I think CW took us as far as he could but I still feel another reason he left for Northampton was he knew we were a couple of players short. I just wonder where we'd be with those two signings, (he secured at his new club), we could still of been top three???? His big mistake I feel was placing too much on Kitson!! Move on, next season now, GM will need time to get the players he wants, let's give him a fair shot at it!!!! tws
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Get this idiot wad dock out
Get this idiot wad dock out Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -5

3:54pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bigchet says...

i felt big mistake was to not start with connelly and whiing as they were both impressive against hpool. realise they may have not lasted the 90 but surely it would be better to let them impose themselves on the game and sub them if they tired. whing in particular would have bolstered us defensively. as for the idiot le gods remarks has he forgotten macclesfield so soon as stfc were less than impressive thatday.
i felt big mistake was to not start with connelly and whiing as they were both impressive against hpool. realise they may have not lasted the 90 but surely it would be better to let them impose themselves on the game and sub them if they tired. whing in particular would have bolstered us defensively. as for the idiot le gods remarks has he forgotten macclesfield so soon as stfc were less than impressive thatday. bigchet
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Even though Mickey mouse and Auntie Melvile made a few -some might say unnecessary changes, I was still shocked that the 'team' looked completely different to the one that won a hard FOUGHT match against H'pool.
They (So called players) should be totally embarrassed and ashamed they blackened the Club's name, somehow I doubt that- too many mercenaries and journey men.
Time to re-consider the decision to retain ML an AM- only PLEASE don't take another eight weeks over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even though Mickey mouse and Auntie Melvile made a few -some might say unnecessary changes, I was still shocked that the 'team' looked completely different to the one that won a hard FOUGHT match against H'pool. They (So called players) should be totally embarrassed and ashamed they blackened the Club's name, somehow I doubt that- too many mercenaries and journey men. Time to re-consider the decision to retain ML an AM- only PLEASE don't take another eight weeks over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

bigchet wrote:
i felt big mistake was to not start with connelly and whiing as they were both impressive against hpool. realise they may have not lasted the 90 but surely it would be better to let them impose themselves on the game and sub them if they tired. whing in particular would have bolstered us defensively. as for the idiot le gods remarks has he forgotten macclesfield so soon as stfc were less than impressive thatday.
Not sure either could give us another full 90 mins so quick, but if nothing else I would have started with them even if they could only give us the first half, by that time it was all over.
[quote][p][bold]bigchet[/bold] wrote: i felt big mistake was to not start with connelly and whiing as they were both impressive against hpool. realise they may have not lasted the 90 but surely it would be better to let them impose themselves on the game and sub them if they tired. whing in particular would have bolstered us defensively. as for the idiot le gods remarks has he forgotten macclesfield so soon as stfc were less than impressive thatday.[/p][/quote]Not sure either could give us another full 90 mins so quick, but if nothing else I would have started with them even if they could only give us the first half, by that time it was all over. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 2

8:42am Wed 26 Mar 14

dovepe says...

Intresting what Michael Duberry had to say about Gary Waddock. quote apponitment of GW doesn't excite Me.take note Mr Kitson new manager might have a problem with top pro's!
Intresting what Michael Duberry had to say about Gary Waddock. quote apponitment of GW doesn't excite Me.take note Mr Kitson new manager might have a problem with top pro's! dovepe
  • Score: 0

5:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

dovepe wrote:
Intresting what Michael Duberry had to say about Gary Waddock. quote apponitment of GW doesn't excite Me.take note Mr Kitson new manager might have a problem with top pro's!
Dubes can only speak as he finds, sometimes the truth hurts, GW would not have been my choice but I don't pay the bills, well I do a bit with my season ticket but you know what I mean, GW is going to get time, let's hope he makes best use of the time to ship some dead wood out.

Supporters of teams he has managed have said his tactics need a bit to be desired, and his man magement is not as it should be, let's give him time as I say and see, if this time next year were worse off, playing crap footy then I shall be calling for his head.
[quote][p][bold]dovepe[/bold] wrote: Intresting what Michael Duberry had to say about Gary Waddock. quote apponitment of GW doesn't excite Me.take note Mr Kitson new manager might have a problem with top pro's![/p][/quote]Dubes can only speak as he finds, sometimes the truth hurts, GW would not have been my choice but I don't pay the bills, well I do a bit with my season ticket but you know what I mean, GW is going to get time, let's hope he makes best use of the time to ship some dead wood out. Supporters of teams he has managed have said his tactics need a bit to be desired, and his man magement is not as it should be, let's give him time as I say and see, if this time next year were worse off, playing crap footy then I shall be calling for his head. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 2

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