There's lots at stake, says Wroe

Nicky Wroe will be keen to impress against Accrington today

Nicky Wroe will be keen to impress against Accrington today

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Nicky Wroe admits he has plenty to play for as the midfielder looks to turn his loan spell at Oxford United into a permanent move.

The U’s host Accrington Stanley tomorrow in what could be their final home match of the season.

Back-to-back defeats over the Easter weekend mean United are very much outsiders to make the Sky Bet League Two play-offs, with head coach Gary Waddock stating that every player’s future is at stake.

Wroe joined on loan in January from Preston North End and has made 15 starts for the U’s.

Despite the Lillywhites securing a place in the League One play-offs, the 28-year-old is not expecting to return to Deepdale, even if United fall short of the top seven.

Out of contract this summer, the former Barnsley trainee is looking at his options.

He said: “I won’t be part of Preston’s play-off campaign, I’ve signed here to the end of the season so that’s me done up there.

“My deal’s up, so I’m available.

“I’m looking to go somewhere else.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here so I’ll have to wait and see if I get any offers.

“When I signed here that was the whole aim, to come down and possibly earn a deal. That has not changed.”

Going into the final two games of the season, United know they must take maximum points and rely on either York City or Southend United slipping up twice.

It is a huge turnaround for the U’s, who had a 13-point cushion over eighth place two months ago.

Wroe struggled to explain why the season had collapsed so spectacularly and acknowledged at one stage it appeared highly unlikely they would miss out altogether.

He said: “I suppose from the position we were in, it seemed like it would be really difficult, or something would have to happen, to fall out of the play-offs.

“Obviously it’s really disappointing, but we’ve just got to get on with it and look to put on a positive show.

“I don’t think there’s one particular reason why, people will make their own minds up.”

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10:54am Fri 25 Apr 14

London_Ox says...

You had a great start with us Nicky and then performances peeted out and you became anonymous like the rest of the gang.

Not too many of the out-of-contract players showed the necessary urgency nor desire to be in next season's thinking..
You had a great start with us Nicky and then performances peeted out and you became anonymous like the rest of the gang. Not too many of the out-of-contract players showed the necessary urgency nor desire to be in next season's thinking.. London_Ox
  • Score: 14

10:57am Fri 25 Apr 14

Joe1 says...

After seeing how Wroe played against York, I am not suprised how bad our Midfield is. I would be suprised if he was kept on.
After seeing how Wroe played against York, I am not suprised how bad our Midfield is. I would be suprised if he was kept on. Joe1
  • Score: 10

12:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BigAlBiker says...

Started ok, went downhill.

To slow.
Started ok, went downhill. To slow. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Fri 25 Apr 14

dovepe says...

Bye not good enough!
Bye not good enough! dovepe
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

Like a lot of the players he didn't expect to fall out of the play offs. It's a similar attitude and statement made by players when we fell into the Conference. Always expect the unexpected and keep striving till the seasons end. Too many of the squad expected us to be in the play offs and had they kept the effort on then we probably would have finished in the automatic places as it is the seasons fizzled out in a miserable fashion once again. Maybe next season we should just look to rebuild with a young squad and then expectations won't rise too high amongst the fans and we won't then be disappointed. Hopefully they would give us something to enjoy and smile about! Promotion isn't everything but when the club was in such a good position back in early February it's extremely disappointing to end up where we are now.
Like a lot of the players he didn't expect to fall out of the play offs. It's a similar attitude and statement made by players when we fell into the Conference. Always expect the unexpected and keep striving till the seasons end. Too many of the squad expected us to be in the play offs and had they kept the effort on then we probably would have finished in the automatic places as it is the seasons fizzled out in a miserable fashion once again. Maybe next season we should just look to rebuild with a young squad and then expectations won't rise too high amongst the fans and we won't then be disappointed. Hopefully they would give us something to enjoy and smile about! Promotion isn't everything but when the club was in such a good position back in early February it's extremely disappointing to end up where we are now. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

9:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

London_Ox says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Like a lot of the players he didn't expect to fall out of the play offs. It's a similar attitude and statement made by players when we fell into the Conference. Always expect the unexpected and keep striving till the seasons end. Too many of the squad expected us to be in the play offs and had they kept the effort on then we probably would have finished in the automatic places as it is the seasons fizzled out in a miserable fashion once again. Maybe next season we should just look to rebuild with a young squad and then expectations won't rise too high amongst the fans and we won't then be disappointed. Hopefully they would give us something to enjoy and smile about! Promotion isn't everything but when the club was in such a good position back in early February it's extremely disappointing to end up where we are now.
Richard, just spit it out.. Just say he was pants and not fit to wear the shirt. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: Like a lot of the players he didn't expect to fall out of the play offs. It's a similar attitude and statement made by players when we fell into the Conference. Always expect the unexpected and keep striving till the seasons end. Too many of the squad expected us to be in the play offs and had they kept the effort on then we probably would have finished in the automatic places as it is the seasons fizzled out in a miserable fashion once again. Maybe next season we should just look to rebuild with a young squad and then expectations won't rise too high amongst the fans and we won't then be disappointed. Hopefully they would give us something to enjoy and smile about! Promotion isn't everything but when the club was in such a good position back in early February it's extremely disappointing to end up where we are now.[/p][/quote]Richard, just spit it out.. Just say he was pants and not fit to wear the shirt. ;-) London_Ox
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Fri 25 Apr 14

London_Ox says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Like a lot of the players he didn't expect to fall out of the play offs. It's a similar attitude and statement made by players when we fell into the Conference. Always expect the unexpected and keep striving till the seasons end. Too many of the squad expected us to be in the play offs and had they kept the effort on then we probably would have finished in the automatic places as it is the seasons fizzled out in a miserable fashion once again. Maybe next season we should just look to rebuild with a young squad and then expectations won't rise too high amongst the fans and we won't then be disappointed. Hopefully they would give us something to enjoy and smile about! Promotion isn't everything but when the club was in such a good position back in early February it's extremely disappointing to end up where we are now.
Richard, just spit it out and say it how it is.. Just say he was pants and not fit to wear the shirt. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: Like a lot of the players he didn't expect to fall out of the play offs. It's a similar attitude and statement made by players when we fell into the Conference. Always expect the unexpected and keep striving till the seasons end. Too many of the squad expected us to be in the play offs and had they kept the effort on then we probably would have finished in the automatic places as it is the seasons fizzled out in a miserable fashion once again. Maybe next season we should just look to rebuild with a young squad and then expectations won't rise too high amongst the fans and we won't then be disappointed. Hopefully they would give us something to enjoy and smile about! Promotion isn't everything but when the club was in such a good position back in early February it's extremely disappointing to end up where we are now.[/p][/quote]Richard, just spit it out and say it how it is.. Just say he was pants and not fit to wear the shirt. ;-) London_Ox
  • Score: 0

12:13pm Sat 26 Apr 14

The London Yellows says...

'Lot's at stake,' erm, your job. If I was that bad at my job, I'd have been fired along time ago!
'Lot's at stake,' erm, your job. If I was that bad at my job, I'd have been fired along time ago! The London Yellows
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Davos P says...

Very interesting to see how our the contributors here are finally blaming the players but when Wilder was here, it was all his fault! Just think about how stupid a lot of your comments were when you had the knives out for CW. No surprising he wanted to leave.

The players and Manager should have had equal criticism but constructive. Not just the Neanderthal response of Waddock or Wilder out! I just hope a lot of fans can start to realise how important backing our new Manager is next season when we have an inevitable dip in form. COYY
Very interesting to see how our the contributors here are finally blaming the players but when Wilder was here, it was all his fault! Just think about how stupid a lot of your comments were when you had the knives out for CW. No surprising he wanted to leave. The players and Manager should have had equal criticism but constructive. Not just the Neanderthal response of Waddock or Wilder out! I just hope a lot of fans can start to realise how important backing our new Manager is next season when we have an inevitable dip in form. COYY Davos P
  • Score: 1

7:18pm Sat 26 Apr 14

London_Ox says...

Davos P wrote:
Very interesting to see how our the contributors here are finally blaming the players but when Wilder was here, it was all his fault! Just think about how stupid a lot of your comments were when you had the knives out for CW. No surprising he wanted to leave.

The players and Manager should have had equal criticism but constructive. Not just the Neanderthal response of Waddock or Wilder out! I just hope a lot of fans can start to realise how important backing our new Manager is next season when we have an inevitable dip in form. COYY
DP.. This article is about a player... Hence comments aimed towards Wroe and the other players in general.. Do you suggest using this article about comments on the Manager or Chairman or go on another tangent?!?
[quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: Very interesting to see how our the contributors here are finally blaming the players but when Wilder was here, it was all his fault! Just think about how stupid a lot of your comments were when you had the knives out for CW. No surprising he wanted to leave. The players and Manager should have had equal criticism but constructive. Not just the Neanderthal response of Waddock or Wilder out! I just hope a lot of fans can start to realise how important backing our new Manager is next season when we have an inevitable dip in form. COYY[/p][/quote]DP.. This article is about a player... Hence comments aimed towards Wroe and the other players in general.. Do you suggest using this article about comments on the Manager or Chairman or go on another tangent?!? London_Ox
  • Score: 1

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