Wilder considers going route one

Banbury Cake: United boss Chris Wilder is considering a more direct approach, as demonstrated here by James Constable against Bradford on Saturday, in a bid to halt their current slump United boss Chris Wilder is considering a more direct approach, as demonstrated here by James Constable against Bradford on Saturday, in a bid to halt their current slump

Chris Wilder concedes he might have to take the direct route to try and get Oxford United out of their rut.

The U’s boss has prided his team on their flowing, passing football in his near four-year spell as manager.

But he admits that his players’ worrying lack of confidence means that he might be tempted to ditch that approach in a bid to revive their season.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Bradford was United’s fifth straight loss and leaves them 17th in the npower League Two table.

And Wilder knows that it is now a case of leaving no stone unturned as he attempts to breathe new life into his side.

“I may have to change the system,” he admitted.

“When we are at our best, we are a confident side and everyone wants the ball.

“We brought people into the football club who are comfortable in possession and we try to play through teams.

“But we are not playing with any sort of confidence at the moment.

“We don’t like to smash it forwards, but doing that can sometimes take the fear element out of your game, so possibly I am going to have to look to change the tactics through this period.”

Wilder has been severely restricted by a growing casualty list, and that increased last week when Adam Chapman and Jon-Paul Pittman picked up injuries at Cheltenham.

With no midweek game, it gives United a chance to recover.

But it also gives them longer to mull over a hugely disappointing display in front of their home fans before they travel north to face Rotherham.

“It’s going to be a long week,” Wilder admitted.

“The margins of us having 12 points and being in a decent postion in the table, or still on nine points and in not such a great position are so small.

“When one or two players are not having good times it makes it difficult, but if there are three or four, then it’s really tough.

“But we need to come through this spell quickly.”

Comments (25)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:45am Tue 25 Sep 12

jbowling says...

Plot lost
Plot lost jbowling
  • Score: 4

11:01am Tue 25 Sep 12

Adman says...

The first thing is to stop shipping goals, play four at the back, then get hold of the thing in midfield (another 4 perhaps) and then play two strikers up front. That would be 4-4-2. Hussah! A solution...
The first thing is to stop shipping goals, play four at the back, then get hold of the thing in midfield (another 4 perhaps) and then play two strikers up front. That would be 4-4-2. Hussah! A solution... Adman
  • Score: 0

11:36am Tue 25 Sep 12

adlibber says...

Consider Wilder's barrel fully scraped - seriously embarrassing
Consider Wilder's barrel fully scraped - seriously embarrassing adlibber
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Underfaker says...

Get out Wilder now
Get out Wilder now Underfaker
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Tue 25 Sep 12

northampton yellow says...

Hope he does take route 1 up the M1 back home , do the decent thing wilder just" GO "
Hope he does take route 1 up the M1 back home , do the decent thing wilder just" GO " northampton yellow
  • Score: 0

3:08pm Tue 25 Sep 12

AylesburyOx says...

How much longer until we read the headline 'Wilder sacked?'
Soon I hope as this is just going from bad to worse.
How much longer until we read the headline 'Wilder sacked?' Soon I hope as this is just going from bad to worse. AylesburyOx
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Tue 25 Sep 12

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Playing route one stuff will just give Constable more chances to be caught offside than normal!
Playing route one stuff will just give Constable more chances to be caught offside than normal! OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 3

4:12pm Tue 25 Sep 12

CamView says...

I am going to Roherham on Saturday. I don't want to go all that way to watch long ball rubbish. If Wilder cannot do better tn that he has to go now!
I am going to Roherham on Saturday. I don't want to go all that way to watch long ball rubbish. If Wilder cannot do better tn that he has to go now! CamView
  • Score: 2

4:12pm Tue 25 Sep 12

CamView says...

I am going to Roherham on Saturday. I don't want to go all that way to watch long ball rubbish. If Wilder cannot do better tn that he has to go now!
I am going to Roherham on Saturday. I don't want to go all that way to watch long ball rubbish. If Wilder cannot do better tn that he has to go now! CamView
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Tue 25 Sep 12

CamView says...

I am going to Roherham on Saturday. I don't want to go all that way to watch long ball rubbish. If Wilder cannot do better tn that he has to go now!
I am going to Roherham on Saturday. I don't want to go all that way to watch long ball rubbish. If Wilder cannot do better tn that he has to go now! CamView
  • Score: 3

4:12pm Tue 25 Sep 12

OxRoxBox says...

The best opening 3 words to a headline I have read this year!!!!!!!

The next 2 words sank my heart neither is he going nor has he any clue. To even admit that is, and I agree with Adlibber, totally embarrassing.

Go with dignity or be sacked with a pay off
The best opening 3 words to a headline I have read this year!!!!!!! The next 2 words sank my heart neither is he going nor has he any clue. To even admit that is, and I agree with Adlibber, totally embarrassing. Go with dignity or be sacked with a pay off OxRoxBox
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Beau champ mummy says...

What planet r u on wilder we have been playing kick an rush for years
What planet r u on wilder we have been playing kick an rush for years Beau champ mummy
  • Score: 2

6:46pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Brenda Jackson says...

Taxi >>>>>
Taxi >>>>> Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Tue 25 Sep 12

wilder go please says...

wilder you are clueless, as shown by the above comments, to add to those non-sensical comments of the last few weeks., How the hell can any manager not get the boot after 5 wins in 24 is totally incredulous.

wilder please go and go now, for the supporters you so hate, and for a club whose history you discredit.
wilder you are clueless, as shown by the above comments, to add to those non-sensical comments of the last few weeks., How the hell can any manager not get the boot after 5 wins in 24 is totally incredulous. wilder please go and go now, for the supporters you so hate, and for a club whose history you discredit. wilder go please
  • Score: -1

8:01am Wed 26 Sep 12

horsham says...

I find the lack of communication from the Chairman and Directors (those that are left), quite worrying. The club appears to lack direction and strong leadership, both on and off the pitch.

Until Oxford build from the back and stop shipping goals they will continue to slide down the league. They seem to suffer a defeat and the confidence and metal strength goes so quickly - we saw this towards the end of last season.

Really need a win on Saturday but a point at Rotherham wouldn't be bad!
I find the lack of communication from the Chairman and Directors (those that are left), quite worrying. The club appears to lack direction and strong leadership, both on and off the pitch. Until Oxford build from the back and stop shipping goals they will continue to slide down the league. They seem to suffer a defeat and the confidence and metal strength goes so quickly - we saw this towards the end of last season. Really need a win on Saturday but a point at Rotherham wouldn't be bad! horsham
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Wed 26 Sep 12

BigOx22 says...

We can't play route 1 football as we can't win a header. Play 4 4 2 or 4 5 1. We will struggle to get anything from the game Saturday. But usually we win the unexpected games. Need to get stronger in the middle. We can't sack Wilder as we don't have the money to pay him off. Unless the fans put there hands in there pockets to pay his way out nothing is going to happen. Plus who is going want to come in a take control?
We can't play route 1 football as we can't win a header. Play 4 4 2 or 4 5 1. We will struggle to get anything from the game Saturday. But usually we win the unexpected games. Need to get stronger in the middle. We can't sack Wilder as we don't have the money to pay him off. Unless the fans put there hands in there pockets to pay his way out nothing is going to happen. Plus who is going want to come in a take control? BigOx22
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Wally Ford says...

Along with route 1, here's another couple of suggestions Chris:

At the earliest opportunity, sell Constable. Through ineptitude, we run the risk of giving away a player who has become a liability. Why oh why didn't we cash in pre-season rather than turning offers down and then sticking him on the bench?

Get rid of Raynes. I kid you not, at 38 years old and having never played at a higher level than the UTVL league 2, I can without any shadow of a doubt confirm that I am a better player than him.
Along with route 1, here's another couple of suggestions Chris: At the earliest opportunity, sell Constable. Through ineptitude, we run the risk of giving away a player who has become a liability. Why oh why didn't we cash in pre-season rather than turning offers down and then sticking him on the bench? Get rid of Raynes. I kid you not, at 38 years old and having never played at a higher level than the UTVL league 2, I can without any shadow of a doubt confirm that I am a better player than him. Wally Ford
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Merekat1 says...

Its not necessarily the players fault Mr Wilder, its YOURS!

Please go now and let someone come in who hopefully will give us a chance of salvaging something from the mess you have got us in. PLEASE.
Its not necessarily the players fault Mr Wilder, its YOURS! Please go now and let someone come in who hopefully will give us a chance of salvaging something from the mess you have got us in. PLEASE. Merekat1
  • Score: 0

5:25pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Brian Gibbs says...

I have posted before that Raynes is the main problem in defence, but can some one please tell me just what Heslop and Capaldi have contributed this season?

A good manager would have gone 442 but not CW- I think the band is still playing as the ship sinks.
I have posted before that Raynes is the main problem in defence, but can some one please tell me just what Heslop and Capaldi have contributed this season? A good manager would have gone 442 but not CW- I think the band is still playing as the ship sinks. Brian Gibbs
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Wed 26 Sep 12

mandate says...

Chris Wilder was caught speeding on his way to the Oxford training ground today. When questioned by the police he said "I'll do anything for three points".
Chris Wilder was caught speeding on his way to the Oxford training ground today. When questioned by the police he said "I'll do anything for three points". mandate
  • Score: 0

11:13pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Malkym says...

Lol -crisp passing football at the Kassam - MY Arse! When "Gene" Wilder come out of his coma -tell him he was suffering from Tom Jones syndrome - "As I awake and look around me at a 3 sided ground that surrounds me"

Beautiful dreamer awake unto you!! Of course there is this fantasy (for Wilder)brand of football available close at hand - it only involves a short trip down the A420 to the land of the Holy Grail and the temple of Di Canio

Watch & weep & learn from the Maestro - another big night up soonat the CG -engaging a Prem club again - who is your next game in the p!ss pot cup against?

Hi Bren hope you're well -shall I get you a ticket for the Villa game?
Lol -crisp passing football at the Kassam - MY Arse! When "Gene" Wilder come out of his coma -tell him he was suffering from Tom Jones syndrome - "As I awake and look around me at a 3 sided ground that surrounds me" Beautiful dreamer awake unto you!! Of course there is this fantasy (for Wilder)brand of football available close at hand - it only involves a short trip down the A420 to the land of the Holy Grail and the temple of Di Canio Watch & weep & learn from the Maestro - another big night up soonat the CG -engaging a Prem club again - who is your next game in the p!ss pot cup against? Hi Bren hope you're well -shall I get you a ticket for the Villa game? Malkym
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Malkym says...

Wally Ford wrote:
Along with route 1, here's another couple of suggestions Chris: At the earliest opportunity, sell Constable. Through ineptitude, we run the risk of giving away a player who has become a liability. Why oh why didn't we cash in pre-season rather than turning offers down and then sticking him on the bench? Get rid of Raynes. I kid you not, at 38 years old and having never played at a higher level than the UTVL league 2, I can without any shadow of a doubt confirm that I am a better player than him.
Where's Wally - You mean people were still considering buying him pre season - so glad Paolo decided not to pursue his interest in a very average player - now then Andy Williams or Constable -err no contest me thinks!
[quote][p][bold]Wally Ford[/bold] wrote: Along with route 1, here's another couple of suggestions Chris: At the earliest opportunity, sell Constable. Through ineptitude, we run the risk of giving away a player who has become a liability. Why oh why didn't we cash in pre-season rather than turning offers down and then sticking him on the bench? Get rid of Raynes. I kid you not, at 38 years old and having never played at a higher level than the UTVL league 2, I can without any shadow of a doubt confirm that I am a better player than him.[/p][/quote]Where's Wally - You mean people were still considering buying him pre season - so glad Paolo decided not to pursue his interest in a very average player - now then Andy Williams or Constable -err no contest me thinks! Malkym
  • Score: 0

3:41pm Thu 27 Sep 12

A Scroat says...

northampton yellow wrote:
Hope he does take route 1 up the M1 back home , do the decent thing wilder just" GO "
I totally agree with you. M1 - it's the only route to take (and hopefully a car load of players such as JC)
[quote][p][bold]northampton yellow[/bold] wrote: Hope he does take route 1 up the M1 back home , do the decent thing wilder just" GO "[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you. M1 - it's the only route to take (and hopefully a car load of players such as JC) A Scroat
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Thu 27 Sep 12

BigAlBiker says...

Rob Hall is available from West Ham on loan, worth a punt for sure.
Rob Hall is available from West Ham on loan, worth a punt for sure. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Thu 27 Sep 12

mikek says...

What a real shame the angry Pox fans want their manager out and just down the A420 us Town fans want our manager to take our team to the championship. Oh and just need to dump Aston Villa out of the cup before that happens how two clubs fortunes are so different to 12 month's ago. Cherish the moments you played the mighty STFC as we are heading in opposite directions.
What a real shame the angry Pox fans want their manager out and just down the A420 us Town fans want our manager to take our team to the championship. Oh and just need to dump Aston Villa out of the cup before that happens how two clubs fortunes are so different to 12 month's ago. Cherish the moments you played the mighty STFC as we are heading in opposite directions. mikek
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree