Oxford United players must stand up and be counted - Wilder

Banbury Cake: Sam Morsy fires home Port Vale’s third goal during Monday’s 3-0 win over Oxford Sam Morsy fires home Port Vale’s third goal during Monday’s 3-0 win over Oxford

OXFORD United’s players have to stand up and take responsibility for their own poor performances, according to manager Chris Wilder.

A short unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt on Monday night, when they were dismantled 3-0 at Port Vale.

It was United’s seventh npower League Two defeat of the season and with a quarter of the campaign gone the U’s are sitting a lowly 19th in the table.

It was a worrying display from a side which lost six straight league games last month, especially with the way the side crumbled after falling behind.

The pressure is on Wilder, who has taken most of the criticism for a disappointing season, to find answers ahead of Saturday’s home game against Accrington Stanley.

But the U’s boss feels now is the time for the players to regroup.

He said: “I was asked ‘what do you do to pick the lads up?’ but the lads need to pick themselves up.

“There’s enough drive about us (the coaching staff) to get us going and look forward to the Accrington Stanley game.

“These players are professional footballers and I think sometimes (the focus) is what do we have to do for them, but they have to do it for themselves as well.

“If they are going to forge careers, especially the younger ones, they have to take nights like that on the chin and learn from it to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“But at the moment we’re too up and down with team selection, too up and down in terms of the players we have available and we’re too up and down in our performances.”

One of the few positives to come out of Monday’s defeat was another substitute appearance from Andy Whing.

The versatile 28-year-old has been out since the summer with a groin injury, but has now featured in the last two games.

His experience has been missed, with Wilder pointing to Vale’s third goal, scored by Sam Morsy, as an example.

He said: ”We talked about (Jennison) Myrie-Williams coming in and laying it to the edge of the box – but where’s the block? Where’s the defensive responsibilities?

“Jake (Forster-Caskey) and Chappy (Adam Chapman) unfortunately have to learn to play without the ball.

“They can’t just come alive when they get on the ball – that’s where your Whings and Levens are good because they play with the ball and are knowledgeable enough to stand in good positions when they haven’t got it.”

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10:34am Wed 17 Oct 12

jbowling says...

The team certainly needs a lift and they would benefit from playing with a smile on their faces and to try to enjoy it. These regular lock ins after games to beat them up doesn't seem to do much to motivate them.

There is a feeling of complacency about that we are better than Barnet, Wycombe and Wimbledon but are we ? The win against Wimbledon (at home when they were managerless) was a scrambled affair and Wycombe away will tell us more.

The season is finished as far as promotion is concerned. But if we stick with Wilder till Jan or Feb the end of season could be exciting or should I say nail biting !
The team certainly needs a lift and they would benefit from playing with a smile on their faces and to try to enjoy it. These regular lock ins after games to beat them up doesn't seem to do much to motivate them. There is a feeling of complacency about that we are better than Barnet, Wycombe and Wimbledon but are we ? The win against Wimbledon (at home when they were managerless) was a scrambled affair and Wycombe away will tell us more. The season is finished as far as promotion is concerned. But if we stick with Wilder till Jan or Feb the end of season could be exciting or should I say nail biting ! jbowling

10:34am Wed 17 Oct 12

adlibber says...

the ramblings of a man who has completely lost the plot - It really is time for Wilder to go.
the ramblings of a man who has completely lost the plot - It really is time for Wilder to go. adlibber

11:43am Wed 17 Oct 12

Wiggo71 says...

Wilder Out...........same old excuses being trotted out.......what about accountability at management level? Get off my land....!
Wilder Out...........same old excuses being trotted out.......what about accountability at management level? Get off my land....! Wiggo71

2:46pm Wed 17 Oct 12

northampton yellow says...

get the feeling that the kassam on sat will have the voice of wilder out chants win or lose, you can see that wilder has lost the players how much longer is this farce going 2 continue, not much longer i hope , but be there win,lose,or draw.
get the feeling that the kassam on sat will have the voice of wilder out chants win or lose, you can see that wilder has lost the players how much longer is this farce going 2 continue, not much longer i hope , but be there win,lose,or draw. northampton yellow

3:39pm Wed 17 Oct 12

lillyloo says...

its about time the squad was increased. and not have a load of loaneys we want team players .not just players that want a game. loan players go back after. they wont be here when we are religated
its about time the squad was increased. and not have a load of loaneys we want team players .not just players that want a game. loan players go back after. they wont be here when we are religated lillyloo

5:11pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Merekat1 says...

I really am relieved to know its not your fault Mr Wilder!
I really am relieved to know its not your fault Mr Wilder! Merekat1

9:03pm Wed 17 Oct 12

karatavuk says...

Wilder is right. If the players don't stand up it is very difficult to count them.
If he can't count them how can he be sure he has the right number of players on the pitch?
Managing a football team is harder than it looks.
Wilder is right. If the players don't stand up it is very difficult to count them. If he can't count them how can he be sure he has the right number of players on the pitch? Managing a football team is harder than it looks. karatavuk

11:16pm Wed 17 Oct 12

support your local team says...

What he has said seems reasonable to me.
What he has said seems reasonable to me. support your local team

11:32pm Wed 17 Oct 12

colinsfew says...

Thanks for all you've done Chris but you know it and we all kmnow it....times up...time to move on and get a manager in that can motivate...after seeing Wilder/Lewis and Melville just leaning against the dugout with long faces after we went 2-0 down instead of geeing up the players told me we have to get rid of the lot of em and start again before its too late.
Thanks for all you've done Chris but you know it and we all kmnow it....times up...time to move on and get a manager in that can motivate...after seeing Wilder/Lewis and Melville just leaning against the dugout with long faces after we went 2-0 down instead of geeing up the players told me we have to get rid of the lot of em and start again before its too late. colinsfew

4:01pm Thu 18 Oct 12

AR Davis says...

Mr Wilder and the management YOU STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!!!!!!
Pathetic excuses, JUST GO!
Mr Wilder and the management YOU STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!!!!!! Pathetic excuses, JUST GO! AR Davis

5:06pm Thu 18 Oct 12

RADIOFAN says...

Please tell me Wilder supporters what it will take for you to change yor mind about the man being kept on as manager. 1 would it be losing the next three matches next week or 2 will it be dropping into the relegation zone or 3 with relegated completed. I was just wondering what would be the final straw for you because mine was the Port vale performance. Unless Wilder miracily finds some fairy dust and turns us into a promotion outfit this season there is going to have to be a major clear out in the summer and with his record in the transfer market would you trust him to keep and get rid of the right players. NO
Please tell me Wilder supporters what it will take for you to change yor mind about the man being kept on as manager. 1 would it be losing the next three matches next week or 2 will it be dropping into the relegation zone or 3 with relegated completed. I was just wondering what would be the final straw for you because mine was the Port vale performance. Unless Wilder miracily finds some fairy dust and turns us into a promotion outfit this season there is going to have to be a major clear out in the summer and with his record in the transfer market would you trust him to keep and get rid of the right players. NO RADIOFAN

5:14pm Thu 18 Oct 12

jbowling says...

The chairman has recently stated/implied that no changes will be made until it is mathematically impossible for us to reach the play offs.

So if we are 20 points from 7th place with say 10 games to go it would still be possible. Therefore Mr Wilder is likely to be here till well into next year.

As the chairman is all too aware of costs perhaps he should consider Duberry as caretaker manager because he is still being paid but is unlikely to ever play again.

Dubes for manager - could work !
The chairman has recently stated/implied that no changes will be made until it is mathematically impossible for us to reach the play offs. So if we are 20 points from 7th place with say 10 games to go it would still be possible. Therefore Mr Wilder is likely to be here till well into next year. As the chairman is all too aware of costs perhaps he should consider Duberry as caretaker manager because he is still being paid but is unlikely to ever play again. Dubes for manager - could work ! jbowling

7:59pm Thu 18 Oct 12

A Scroat says...

I will say it again, we won't win anything with Conference strikers. Get rid of them and buy at least one that has scored goals in an higher league. Go now Wilder.
I will say it again, we won't win anything with Conference strikers. Get rid of them and buy at least one that has scored goals in an higher league. Go now Wilder. A Scroat

9:16am Fri 19 Oct 12

Doctor69 says...

Wilder they are your squad. If they are a bunch of bottlers who cannot get up for a game what does that say about your choice of squad? It seems you have already decided to deflect the blame.

Wilder out. Now!
Wilder they are your squad. If they are a bunch of bottlers who cannot get up for a game what does that say about your choice of squad? It seems you have already decided to deflect the blame. Wilder out. Now! Doctor69

10:38am Fri 19 Oct 12

marathon2012 says...

perhaps they should bring in a no win no pay for the players and Wilder this would make the so called manager manage and the players try to play in stead of just turning up and taking the money an with the money the club save through not paying players they would have some money to spend on perminent players.
Iv a feeling we will win this week
perhaps they should bring in a no win no pay for the players and Wilder this would make the so called manager manage and the players try to play in stead of just turning up and taking the money an with the money the club save through not paying players they would have some money to spend on perminent players. Iv a feeling we will win this week marathon2012

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