Cox confident Oxford United can turn it around

Banbury Cake: Lee Cox says United's players still have the belief Lee Cox says United's players still have the belief

Lee Cox insists the mood in the Oxford United squad remains upbeat – despite losing their last four league games.

A 2-1 loss at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night confirmed the club’s worst run in almost two years.

It has seen the U’s slip from the top of npower League Two down to 16th ahead of Saturday’s home game against Bradford City.

But Cox, who is on loan from Swindon, stressed the atmosphere around the squad had not been dampened by the run.

“We’re confident in ourselves, we’re not in that dressing room thinking ‘this is doom and gloom’ because we know we can do it,” he said.

“It happens, but like we said in the dressing room (after Cheltenham) we can’t keep dwelling on that defeat.

“It will come, as long as we don’t fade – we’ve got to keep working hard and as long as we keep playing our football, victories are on the way.”

He added: “Day-to-day the mood doesn’t change and everyone comes in wanting to work hard. I’ve been surprised at how good the lads are, to be honest.”

Cox returned to the side at Cheltenham after six games out with a groin injury.

As the only fit naturally defensive-minded midfielder in the squad, he has become an important player given Andy Whing’s prolonged spell out.

The 21-year-old admits it has been difficult as a spectator in recent weeks.

He said: “It’s been frustrating.

“I hate watching anyway and sometimes it’s been hard for me to go to the ground because I get edgy in the stands. I want to be on the pitch.

“I don’t think the lads have been doing badly at all, it’s just you can see a lot of good goals have been going against us. “We’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep going.”

U’s boss Chris Wilder was delighted to have Cox and Peter Leven back, even if they played more minutes than planned.

He said: “It was good see Lee Cox back, how he got through 90 minutes I’ll never know. Lev played half an hour, which was 20 minutes longer than he should have done.”

CHRIS Wilder moved up to tenth in the list of longest-serving Football League managers at the same club yesterday, after AFC Wimbledon sacked Terry Brown after a poor run of form.

Meanwhile, Coventry City yesterday appointed former Rotherham United and Barnsley boss Mark Robins as their new manager.

Wilder had been strongly linked with the vacancy.

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12:03pm Thu 20 Sep 12

BigOx22 says...

Come on Cox rally the lads up for Saturday. I can't stand another defeat just yet. Hopefully if we can turn things around we will get our mad run of lost games behind us instead of having a mad march of defeats and go on a winning run like Crewe did last year.

COYY
Come on Cox rally the lads up for Saturday. I can't stand another defeat just yet. Hopefully if we can turn things around we will get our mad run of lost games behind us instead of having a mad march of defeats and go on a winning run like Crewe did last year. COYY BigOx22
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4:57pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Another crap player
Another crap player Beau champ mummy
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6:26pm Thu 20 Sep 12

LeGod says...

Agent Cox -keep it up - And the Yellow bellies supporting a Town player - Love it how two faced you lot are.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
Agent Cox -keep it up - And the Yellow bellies supporting a Town player - Love it how two faced you lot are. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW LeGod
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8:05pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Beau champ mummy says...

From what I've seen this bloke is bsp at best
From what I've seen this bloke is bsp at best Beau champ mummy
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8:16pm Thu 20 Sep 12

dave from witney says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
From what I've seen this bloke is bsp at best
Yawn !!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: From what I've seen this bloke is bsp at best[/p][/quote]Yawn !!!!!!! dave from witney
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9:27am Fri 21 Sep 12

BigOx22 says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
From what I've seen this bloke is bsp at best
Get a grip. You saying heslop and chappy are better then him? Until Whingy is back he is the only one who competes in the midfield. Who cares if he is a scum player. He is playing in a yellow shirt and we have to support the whole team. Chappy still hasn't hit form and heslop is just rubbish!
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: From what I've seen this bloke is bsp at best[/p][/quote]Get a grip. You saying heslop and chappy are better then him? Until Whingy is back he is the only one who competes in the midfield. Who cares if he is a scum player. He is playing in a yellow shirt and we have to support the whole team. Chappy still hasn't hit form and heslop is just rubbish! BigOx22
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