United crash to second home defeat over Christmas

Banbury Cake: Ryan Clarke saved penalty Ryan Clarke saved penalty

Oxford Utd 0

Scunthorpe Utd 2

(Burton 10, Syers 74)

A disjointed Oxford United crashed to a second home defeat in the space of four days as in-form Scunthorpe United snatched all three points.

The margin of victory could have been wider, as the visitors wasted clear-cut chances before making the game safe.

Deon Burton headed the Iron into a tenth-minute lead and the experienced striker had a penalty saved by Ryan Clarke before half-time.

United struggled and after the break their errors became more and more regular.

Burton let them off the hook, missing when through on goal after a Jake Wright mistake, but it did not stir the home side.

The second goal did eventually come when David Syers pounced on a sliced clearance from Johnny Mullins and coolly beat Clarke.

Deane Smalley, who had given away the penalty in the first half, had a chance to make amends from the spot when Constable was fouled late on, but his effort was saved.

It completed a miserable afternoon for the home side, who lost successive league games for the first time this season.

Smalley came in for the suspended Dave Kitson in the only change to the U's starting line-up from the 3-2 defeat to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day.

After a cagey opening, Ryan Williams got the home fans off their seats by winning the ball in his own half and setting off on a run.

The on-loan Fulham winger burst all the way into the Scunthorpe area, where he was tackled on the verge of pulling the trigger.

Scunthorpe had hardly strung two passes together, but in the tenth minute they pounced on a defensive mistake to take the lead.

Banbury Cake:

United striker Deane Smalley fires his late spok-kick goalwards, but Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe pulled off an excellent save

Wright sloppily gave the ball away and it was quickly spread wide for Marcus Williams, who crossed to find Burton unmarked to head into the net.

A bad start was the last thing United needed in the wake of the Plymouth defeat, but they almost found a quick response.

David Hunt's long throw found its way to Sean Rigg at the back post, where the winger prodded tentatively over the bar.

Neither side kept the ball well in a scrappy opening half hour.

Scunthorpe surrendered possession cheaply several times, but they were let off the hook by a lack of quality on the final ball from their hosts.

Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe made a routine save from Rigg, before he and teammate David Mirfin both scrambled to keep out James Constable.

The hosts were building some momentum, but as in the Plymouth game they shot themselves in the foot by conceding a penalty for handball in the 39th minute.

Smalley was the culprit this time and the slap of the ball hitting his hand bounced around a stunned Kassam Stadium.

Burton stepped up, but Clarke dived to his right and parried the ball, which was fired wide on the follow-up.

The goalkeeper came to the rescue again shortly afterwards, racing out of his area to clear as Hakeeb Adelakun chased a through ball.

Banbury Cake:

United winger Sean Rigg rides this challenge to knock the ball forward

On the stroke of half-time a section of home fans were celebrating an equaliser as Johnny Mullins rippled the net with a header. Unfortunately it had passed the wrong side of the post and hit the side netting.

United had looked laboured, though, and it did not improve when the second half began.

Smalley and Constable were forced to feed on hopeful balls launched forward and when they did manage to win a flick-on all too often the strikers were too far apart.

Asa Hall stung Slocombe's palms from virtually the same spot 25 yards out that he had scored against Plymouth.

It was not the cue for something more sustained from the hosts, as Scunthorpe instead exploited their mistakes.

Midway through the half Wright was caught dithering in possession by Syers. The ball rebounded to send Burton clean through, only for the veteran striker to shoot off target.

The home fans became restless as their side became increasingly disjointed.

A second goal looked inevitable and it duly arrived 18 minutes from time.

Mullins, who had been one of the few positive performers, mis-kicked a ball over the top, gifting Syers a free run on goal to lob a stranded Clarke.

The game looked over, but seven minutes from time Constable gave them a lifeline.

The striker outmuscled Mirfin in the area and was brought down by Slocombe, who was booked.

Smalley assumed the penalty duties, but just like Burton in the first half his effort from 12 yards was saved.

United had a late flurry which saw Slocombe save well from Tom Newey, but it was too little too late for the home side.

Oxford Utd (4-4-2): Clarke, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Williams, Hall, Rose, Rigg, Smalley, Constable.

Subs used: O'Dowda (Rigg 56), Ruffels (Rose 65), Davies (Ruffels 90).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Long, Raynes, Marsh.

Booked: Smalley.

Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Mirfin, Canavan, Nolan, Hawkridge, Syers, McAllister, Williams, Burton, Adelakun (Collins ht).

Unused subs: Iwelumo, Esajas, Severn, Waterfall, Sparrow, Wootton.

Booked: Slocombe.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 6,009 (527 from Scunthorpe).

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5:29pm Sun 29 Dec 13

dave from witney says...

Sorry, but he just has to go........NOW
Sorry, but he just has to go........NOW dave from witney

5:33pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Joe1 says...

My earlier comments just proved that we are not good enough for automatic promotion. Nil points at home out of six. Great form I don't think. The Manager must not expect too much from the owner in Jan? What a really poor performance. Two defensive errors resulting in two goals. What has happened to our solid Defence?
My earlier comments just proved that we are not good enough for automatic promotion. Nil points at home out of six. Great form I don't think. The Manager must not expect too much from the owner in Jan? What a really poor performance. Two defensive errors resulting in two goals. What has happened to our solid Defence? Joe1

5:41pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Richard Wickson says...

Shaky defence and missing midfield. Wrights worst game for a couple of seasons. Why isn't Raynes playing, he was an able deputy while Wright was injured and looked good as part of the defence once Wright was fit again. As for the forwards, they squandered the precious few chances they had, poor penalty miss and sadly for the second game running our centre forward gave a penalty away by flapping his arms. We aren't that desperate we need a centre forward to defend ..............or are we? As for the midfield, well they were just absent! Shocking display and result was well deserved. Nows the time to buck up, stand up and be counted. Proof, if ever it was needed, we need re-inforcements in January. Defeat at Newport is unthinkable! The manager and players need to answer serious questions, if the answers aren't positive heads need to roll!
Shaky defence and missing midfield. Wrights worst game for a couple of seasons. Why isn't Raynes playing, he was an able deputy while Wright was injured and looked good as part of the defence once Wright was fit again. As for the forwards, they squandered the precious few chances they had, poor penalty miss and sadly for the second game running our centre forward gave a penalty away by flapping his arms. We aren't that desperate we need a centre forward to defend ..............or are we? As for the midfield, well they were just absent! Shocking display and result was well deserved. Nows the time to buck up, stand up and be counted. Proof, if ever it was needed, we need re-inforcements in January. Defeat at Newport is unthinkable! The manager and players need to answer serious questions, if the answers aren't positive heads need to roll! Richard Wickson

5:48pm Sun 29 Dec 13

A Scroat says...

Absolutely pathetic. Do we practice set pieces? Time to get a PROPER striker. Barn door and Smalley were useless. 9 non-triers will not keep us at the top.
Absolutely pathetic. Do we practice set pieces? Time to get a PROPER striker. Barn door and Smalley were useless. 9 non-triers will not keep us at the top. A Scroat

5:53pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Adastral Yellow says...

Poor performance today. I usually shy away fromthe obvious 'where was the passion?' remarks but they really were so lethargic -slow to second and even third balls. How often do we let teams settle by allowing them the ball for the first five minutes of every game!? I thought the idea was to make the away side feel the pressure of the tackle and get the fans going early.
I have to say my early thoughts on Kitson are returning and question his motivation...... he needs to play the game not the referee. THAT'S why he gets so many bookings not because of any 'special' attention from defenders.
Mid-season blip?! Let's hope so. COYY
Poor performance today. I usually shy away fromthe obvious 'where was the passion?' remarks but they really were so lethargic -slow to second and even third balls. How often do we let teams settle by allowing them the ball for the first five minutes of every game!? I thought the idea was to make the away side feel the pressure of the tackle and get the fans going early. I have to say my early thoughts on Kitson are returning and question his motivation...... he needs to play the game not the referee. THAT'S why he gets so many bookings not because of any 'special' attention from defenders. Mid-season blip?! Let's hope so. COYY Adastral Yellow

5:57pm Sun 29 Dec 13

onthebench says...

Sadly, the game highlighted our very small squad. We needed to make changes, but there was no obvious alternative on the bench. Rigg and Rose were having very quiet games, but they are seasoned professionals which you need when things are not going your way. The Chairman wants to give the young lads a chance which is commendable. Unfortunately I do not think any of them are yet good enough. In a year or two maybe, but not yet. The substitutions really weakened us. Wright and Hunt had absolute nightmare games so I was surprised that Raynes stayed on the bench. The strikers never looked like scoring. Without Kitson there is absolutely no creativity. The best two players today are not even contracted to the club (Williams, Fulham & Hall, Shrewsbury). I really hope I am wrong, but without a couple of new creative players (who will cost quite a bit!) the season will deteriorate very quickly. Whatever happened at the end of the game with the Ruffles injury? The ball went out of play three times after the injury before we brought a sub on. Did we fancy our chances more with ten men!!!?
Sadly, the game highlighted our very small squad. We needed to make changes, but there was no obvious alternative on the bench. Rigg and Rose were having very quiet games, but they are seasoned professionals which you need when things are not going your way. The Chairman wants to give the young lads a chance which is commendable. Unfortunately I do not think any of them are yet good enough. In a year or two maybe, but not yet. The substitutions really weakened us. Wright and Hunt had absolute nightmare games so I was surprised that Raynes stayed on the bench. The strikers never looked like scoring. Without Kitson there is absolutely no creativity. The best two players today are not even contracted to the club (Williams, Fulham & Hall, Shrewsbury). I really hope I am wrong, but without a couple of new creative players (who will cost quite a bit!) the season will deteriorate very quickly. Whatever happened at the end of the game with the Ruffles injury? The ball went out of play three times after the injury before we brought a sub on. Did we fancy our chances more with ten men!!!? onthebench

6:09pm Sun 29 Dec 13

smgpa03 says...

Wow - where do you start after the last 2 games. The off field guys did their bit with building up the Christmas games, Lennegan gave CW a vote of confidence and high praise leading up to the games so why we were so inept in consecutive home games. We are all raw now and wanting to vent our anger but IMO, now is a good time to step back and look at our weaknesses. These players and a coaching staff that have taken us to the top and kept us close for (at least) half a season. They are, therefore, clearly good enough (in a tight division).That said, we have a very clear issue in all the positive and offensive parts of the game at home. I am confident that 2 relatively minor changes will resolve this. Wilder is defecient in tactical knowledge around going forward and being creative, which isn't an issue away from home but oh so clearly is at the Kassam. So, as a priority and absolute least, we need a creative midfielder who doesn't sh*t himself when he gets within 10 yards of the opponents penalty area and we really needs an attaching coach NOW !
So, if we don't get promoted, Wilder goes. To change now would be to start afresh with a diminshed managerial pool of options - it just doesn't make sense. An attacking coach and positive midfielder to add to the mix is surely the best option (for now).
Wow - where do you start after the last 2 games. The off field guys did their bit with building up the Christmas games, Lennegan gave CW a vote of confidence and high praise leading up to the games so why we were so inept in consecutive home games. We are all raw now and wanting to vent our anger but IMO, now is a good time to step back and look at our weaknesses. These players and a coaching staff that have taken us to the top and kept us close for (at least) half a season. They are, therefore, clearly good enough (in a tight division).That said, we have a very clear issue in all the positive and offensive parts of the game at home. I am confident that 2 relatively minor changes will resolve this. Wilder is defecient in tactical knowledge around going forward and being creative, which isn't an issue away from home but oh so clearly is at the Kassam. So, as a priority and absolute least, we need a creative midfielder who doesn't sh*t himself when he gets within 10 yards of the opponents penalty area and we really needs an attaching coach NOW ! So, if we don't get promoted, Wilder goes. To change now would be to start afresh with a diminshed managerial pool of options - it just doesn't make sense. An attacking coach and positive midfielder to add to the mix is surely the best option (for now). smgpa03

6:11pm Sun 29 Dec 13

adlibber says...

Come on pro Wilder fans (big Yellow Larf) let's hear the excuses for Wilder now? I mean he deserves a 2 year contract (with any other club except ours) surely? Let's face it the Scunthorpe manager only got the job on 20th November this year and he's only managed to get them joint top already? Wilder's been here here 5 years he should not be allowed it to make it 6. Absolute garbage below average players above average fans. Lenagan shouldn't wait till the end of the season. we are simply repeating every single mistake Wilder has made for last two seasons.

Rosenthal thinks 'proper' fans believe Wilder is the man to take us forward - he's as much a clown as Wilder - change or accept another season in league 2.
Come on pro Wilder fans (big Yellow Larf) let's hear the excuses for Wilder now? I mean he deserves a 2 year contract (with any other club except ours) surely? Let's face it the Scunthorpe manager only got the job on 20th November this year and he's only managed to get them joint top already? Wilder's been here here 5 years he should not be allowed it to make it 6. Absolute garbage below average players above average fans. Lenagan shouldn't wait till the end of the season. we are simply repeating every single mistake Wilder has made for last two seasons. Rosenthal thinks 'proper' fans believe Wilder is the man to take us forward - he's as much a clown as Wilder - change or accept another season in league 2. adlibber

6:39pm Sun 29 Dec 13

OxRoxBox says...

The saying is " The Cream always rises to the top" and as usual when the tough get going we start slipping . . . ie there is very little "cream" at OUFC. I am not sure what the answer is but would love the pinions of others as regards the motivation and true desire of those actually funded by us, the fans?

There are only three clubs in the League with parts of the body in their name - and today we lost to one of them! Lets not become a total bunch of them and not get out of Div 4/League 2?!
The saying is " The Cream always rises to the top" and as usual when the tough get going we start slipping . . . ie there is very little "cream" at OUFC. I am not sure what the answer is but would love the pinions of others as regards the motivation and true desire of those actually funded by us, the fans? There are only three clubs in the League with parts of the body in their name - and today we lost to one of them! Lets not become a total bunch of them and not get out of Div 4/League 2?! OxRoxBox

6:52pm Sun 29 Dec 13

35 year fan says...

sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them....

it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice.

on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:)

happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it
sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them.... it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice. on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:) happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it 35 year fan

7:12pm Sun 29 Dec 13

oldun says...

Love stating the obvious -

if we play like the last two games en we won't make

the vital top 3 places

- awful performances - another low crowd

Win at Newport !!
Love stating the obvious - if we play like the last two games en we won't make the vital top 3 places - awful performances - another low crowd Win at Newport !! oldun

7:27pm Sun 29 Dec 13

martico1 says...

Have to agree with all of this - though not sure it's all down to Wilder, adlibber: he's been good enough for first half a season and had brought in players who have delivered, at least away from home. He does though seem bereft of ideas when things go wrong at home - although those lads on the bench look just that - and not good at rousing the players when they look flat, as they were immediately after that soft first goal - what a gift for Burton. His loyalty to his coaching staff does look misplaced, once more.

It was painful to watch and it does looks like 'here we go again'. We've got CW 'til season's end though, almost certainly (and not at all sure who is available who might do better at this point)
Have to agree with all of this - though not sure it's all down to Wilder, adlibber: he's been good enough for first half a season and had brought in players who have delivered, at least away from home. He does though seem bereft of ideas when things go wrong at home - although those lads on the bench look just that - and not good at rousing the players when they look flat, as they were immediately after that soft first goal - what a gift for Burton. His loyalty to his coaching staff does look misplaced, once more. It was painful to watch and it does looks like 'here we go again'. We've got CW 'til season's end though, almost certainly (and not at all sure who is available who might do better at this point) martico1

7:52pm Sun 29 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Ok lads time to go to plan B

Oh we have no plan B

Ok back to plan A, get rid of the donkey Wilder, yet again our midfield was shown to be terrible, no speed, and no skill when under pressure, both Hall and Rose are ok when they have time, but press them from the front and they just boot it, the full backs are getting worse as the season foes on and the front guys have no ability to control a ball sent to them. Who is it who buys and sell the players, who is it who selects the team, who is it who selects the tactics? You all know and I have been banging on for over a year but the main man has to go, Wilder OUT.

The sooner he goes and we get a man who knows this league and what it requires the better. If he is here next year then I am afraid I will be another who won't renew his season ticket, my heart won't stand it..
Ok lads time to go to plan B Oh we have no plan B Ok back to plan A, get rid of the donkey Wilder, yet again our midfield was shown to be terrible, no speed, and no skill when under pressure, both Hall and Rose are ok when they have time, but press them from the front and they just boot it, the full backs are getting worse as the season foes on and the front guys have no ability to control a ball sent to them. Who is it who buys and sell the players, who is it who selects the team, who is it who selects the tactics? You all know and I have been banging on for over a year but the main man has to go, Wilder OUT. The sooner he goes and we get a man who knows this league and what it requires the better. If he is here next year then I am afraid I will be another who won't renew his season ticket, my heart won't stand it.. BigAlBiker

8:14pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Richard Wickson says...

adlibber wrote:
Come on pro Wilder fans (big Yellow Larf) let's hear the excuses for Wilder now? I mean he deserves a 2 year contract (with any other club except ours) surely? Let's face it the Scunthorpe manager only got the job on 20th November this year and he's only managed to get them joint top already? Wilder's been here here 5 years he should not be allowed it to make it 6. Absolute garbage below average players above average fans. Lenagan shouldn't wait till the end of the season. we are simply repeating every single mistake Wilder has made for last two seasons.

Rosenthal thinks 'proper' fans believe Wilder is the man to take us forward - he's as much a clown as Wilder - change or accept another season in league 2.
Hear hear Adlibber. On recent showings change is needed and needs to be made before the season finishes early for us. There is certainly a lack of motivation at home, all too often we give our opponents far too much respect. We look nervous and like rabbits caught in the headlights of an oncoming juggernaut then roll over and let them hit us. Your point about the Scunthorpe manager highlights why changes MUST be made NOW before it's too late.defeat at Newport is unthinkable and would be a defeat too many! Act now Lenaghan, save our season.
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Come on pro Wilder fans (big Yellow Larf) let's hear the excuses for Wilder now? I mean he deserves a 2 year contract (with any other club except ours) surely? Let's face it the Scunthorpe manager only got the job on 20th November this year and he's only managed to get them joint top already? Wilder's been here here 5 years he should not be allowed it to make it 6. Absolute garbage below average players above average fans. Lenagan shouldn't wait till the end of the season. we are simply repeating every single mistake Wilder has made for last two seasons. Rosenthal thinks 'proper' fans believe Wilder is the man to take us forward - he's as much a clown as Wilder - change or accept another season in league 2.[/p][/quote]Hear hear Adlibber. On recent showings change is needed and needs to be made before the season finishes early for us. There is certainly a lack of motivation at home, all too often we give our opponents far too much respect. We look nervous and like rabbits caught in the headlights of an oncoming juggernaut then roll over and let them hit us. Your point about the Scunthorpe manager highlights why changes MUST be made NOW before it's too late.defeat at Newport is unthinkable and would be a defeat too many! Act now Lenaghan, save our season. Richard Wickson

8:20pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Richard Wickson says...

35 year fan wrote:
sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them....

it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice.

on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:)

happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it
Is it a plus just to stay up? Yes of course we must not get relegated but in a season when we lead for a third of the season, Promotion must be the aim and needs to become a reality. These last 2 games will affect the club in the pocket of that there is no doubt. Lenagan must change things before we fall too far out of contention.. Change is needed now, big time!
[quote][p][bold]35 year fan[/bold] wrote: sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them.... it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice. on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:) happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it[/p][/quote]Is it a plus just to stay up? Yes of course we must not get relegated but in a season when we lead for a third of the season, Promotion must be the aim and needs to become a reality. These last 2 games will affect the club in the pocket of that there is no doubt. Lenagan must change things before we fall too far out of contention.. Change is needed now, big time! Richard Wickson

8:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Doctor69 says...

What a terrible game.
The defence were shocking, at fault for both goals. Wright had a mate. Both full backs are worse players than we had last season. Hunt got left standing by their winger on several occasions.
The midfield....well they may as well not bothered going out there today. Rose and Hall sit to deep, don't contest 50 50 balls, and don't challenge in the air. Rigg was non existent, Williams although brightish in parts has very little end product, is very lightweight, and try's to beat the defender too many times.
The forwards were both poor. Smalley battled for long balls but got no support from midfield, Constable was no better. Also what was Smalley thinking with the hand ball??

Been saying it for ages, but, Wilder out. Our home form is dire, and it's not just the results. We so often let the away team settle.

Any offer of a new contract for CW needs to be placed firmly on ice, or be completely dependent on Oxford going up this season.
What a terrible game. The defence were shocking, at fault for both goals. Wright had a mate. Both full backs are worse players than we had last season. Hunt got left standing by their winger on several occasions. The midfield....well they may as well not bothered going out there today. Rose and Hall sit to deep, don't contest 50 50 balls, and don't challenge in the air. Rigg was non existent, Williams although brightish in parts has very little end product, is very lightweight, and try's to beat the defender too many times. The forwards were both poor. Smalley battled for long balls but got no support from midfield, Constable was no better. Also what was Smalley thinking with the hand ball?? Been saying it for ages, but, Wilder out. Our home form is dire, and it's not just the results. We so often let the away team settle. Any offer of a new contract for CW needs to be placed firmly on ice, or be completely dependent on Oxford going up this season. Doctor69

9:08pm Sun 29 Dec 13

adlibber says...

martico1 wrote:
Have to agree with all of this - though not sure it's all down to Wilder, adlibber: he's been good enough for first half a season and had brought in players who have delivered, at least away from home. He does though seem bereft of ideas when things go wrong at home - although those lads on the bench look just that - and not good at rousing the players when they look flat, as they were immediately after that soft first goal - what a gift for Burton. His loyalty to his coaching staff does look misplaced, once more.

It was painful to watch and it does looks like 'here we go again'. We've got CW 'til season's end though, almost certainly (and not at all sure who is available who might do better at this point)
problem is martico is Wilder has failed for last two seasons and he's done this by being unable to change things when they are simply going wrong - he has never had a plan B which is why we've blown two safe play off spots in two seasons. Falling attendances tells me that even die hard fans have had enough of Wilder- not many teams can lose fans when top of their league albeit temporarily but Wilder has managed to do this.
[quote][p][bold]martico1[/bold] wrote: Have to agree with all of this - though not sure it's all down to Wilder, adlibber: he's been good enough for first half a season and had brought in players who have delivered, at least away from home. He does though seem bereft of ideas when things go wrong at home - although those lads on the bench look just that - and not good at rousing the players when they look flat, as they were immediately after that soft first goal - what a gift for Burton. His loyalty to his coaching staff does look misplaced, once more. It was painful to watch and it does looks like 'here we go again'. We've got CW 'til season's end though, almost certainly (and not at all sure who is available who might do better at this point)[/p][/quote]problem is martico is Wilder has failed for last two seasons and he's done this by being unable to change things when they are simply going wrong - he has never had a plan B which is why we've blown two safe play off spots in two seasons. Falling attendances tells me that even die hard fans have had enough of Wilder- not many teams can lose fans when top of their league albeit temporarily but Wilder has managed to do this. adlibber

9:10pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Micky Hazard says...

HAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAH
AHAHA!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR O*FORD FANS!!
WILDER IN!! KASSAM IN!!
Well I must say this was an enjoyable read - OUFC, the gift that keeps on giving :)
You normally come down with the xmas decorations, but it looks like you've even beaten that this season.
UP THE TOWN!
HAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAH AHAHA!! HAPPY NEW YEAR O*FORD FANS!! WILDER IN!! KASSAM IN!! Well I must say this was an enjoyable read - OUFC, the gift that keeps on giving :) You normally come down with the xmas decorations, but it looks like you've even beaten that this season. UP THE TOWN! Micky Hazard

9:42pm Sun 29 Dec 13

MOTO6.5 says...

its not the players -it wasnt the players last year or the year before. the midfield sits to deep because that is what they are asked to do - most players are not old enough to own the mental strength required, that must be given by the leadership team. to long in the conference and now to long in div two we have accumulated the number of points from a fortuitous season to consider ourselves high end mid table, and that is how we play. ignore current positions they are totally meaningless at this stage unless we are 12 points clear which is where Wilders bar should have been set , our saving grace is that all the others are also rubbish - thats why the gates are dismal. Wilder has proven he is not the man for the job, the teams (at oxford) is no better than it was three years ago, the football is worse and the patterns are repeating - he must be tearing his hair out but still seems unable to provide the answers where it matters- Get some one else in to motivate the lads ASAP - I could do better! and still hold down my current job. Lenegan, there is always a risk but at least a change would give us a chance - take a leaf out of scunthorpes book.
its not the players -it wasnt the players last year or the year before. the midfield sits to deep because that is what they are asked to do - most players are not old enough to own the mental strength required, that must be given by the leadership team. to long in the conference and now to long in div two we have accumulated the number of points from a fortuitous season to consider ourselves high end mid table, and that is how we play. ignore current positions they are totally meaningless at this stage unless we are 12 points clear which is where Wilders bar should have been set , our saving grace is that all the others are also rubbish - thats why the gates are dismal. Wilder has proven he is not the man for the job, the teams (at oxford) is no better than it was three years ago, the football is worse and the patterns are repeating - he must be tearing his hair out but still seems unable to provide the answers where it matters- Get some one else in to motivate the lads ASAP - I could do better! and still hold down my current job. Lenegan, there is always a risk but at least a change would give us a chance - take a leaf out of scunthorpes book. MOTO6.5

10:22pm Sun 29 Dec 13

35 year fan says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
35 year fan wrote:
sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them....

it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice.

on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:)

happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it
Is it a plus just to stay up? Yes of course we must not get relegated but in a season when we lead for a third of the season, Promotion must be the aim and needs to become a reality. These last 2 games will affect the club in the pocket of that there is no doubt. Lenagan must change things before we fall too far out of contention.. Change is needed now, big time!
Richard, the :) was a clue! of course its not enough for a club with our gates just to stay up. we have double the fanbase of most of the competition.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]35 year fan[/bold] wrote: sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them.... it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice. on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:) happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it[/p][/quote]Is it a plus just to stay up? Yes of course we must not get relegated but in a season when we lead for a third of the season, Promotion must be the aim and needs to become a reality. These last 2 games will affect the club in the pocket of that there is no doubt. Lenagan must change things before we fall too far out of contention.. Change is needed now, big time![/p][/quote]Richard, the :) was a clue! of course its not enough for a club with our gates just to stay up. we have double the fanbase of most of the competition. 35 year fan

2:36am Mon 30 Dec 13

Roger Craig says...

OxRoxBox wrote:
The saying is " The Cream always rises to the top" and as usual when the tough get going we start slipping . . . ie there is very little "cream" at OUFC. I am not sure what the answer is but would love the pinions of others as regards the motivation and true desire of those actually funded by us, the fans?

There are only three clubs in the League with parts of the body in their name - and today we lost to one of them! Lets not become a total bunch of them and not get out of Div 4/League 2?!
Wilder out!

Err... OxRoxBox, What are the other two teams with body parts concealed in their names, please? This has been troubling me. All I can come up with is Legia Warsaw, but the Polish league doesn't count, right?

Just asking...
[quote][p][bold]OxRoxBox[/bold] wrote: The saying is " The Cream always rises to the top" and as usual when the tough get going we start slipping . . . ie there is very little "cream" at OUFC. I am not sure what the answer is but would love the pinions of others as regards the motivation and true desire of those actually funded by us, the fans? There are only three clubs in the League with parts of the body in their name - and today we lost to one of them! Lets not become a total bunch of them and not get out of Div 4/League 2?![/p][/quote]Wilder out! Err... OxRoxBox, What are the other two teams with body parts concealed in their names, please? This has been troubling me. All I can come up with is Legia Warsaw, but the Polish league doesn't count, right? Just asking... Roger Craig

3:03am Mon 30 Dec 13

Roger Craig says...

Oh of course.... Arsenal. Silly me. I also though of Huddersfield, but do cow parts count?
Oh of course.... Arsenal. Silly me. I also though of Huddersfield, but do cow parts count? Roger Craig

3:19am Mon 30 Dec 13

OxRoxBox says...

Roger Craig wrote:
Oh of course.... Arsenal. Silly me. I also though of Huddersfield, but do cow parts count?
Hi Roger Craig!
Well of course the other 2 teams with body parts in the name are Manchester Utd and City but of course you are correct Arsenal fits as well so it is now 4!!!
[quote][p][bold]Roger Craig[/bold] wrote: Oh of course.... Arsenal. Silly me. I also though of Huddersfield, but do cow parts count?[/p][/quote]Hi Roger Craig! Well of course the other 2 teams with body parts in the name are Manchester Utd and City but of course you are correct Arsenal fits as well so it is now 4!!! OxRoxBox

4:18am Mon 30 Dec 13

Roger Craig says...

Err.... Chester? Chesterfield?
Err.... Chester? Chesterfield? Roger Craig

10:11am Mon 30 Dec 13

Davos P says...

Pure frustration yesterday with the only bright point to come out being Williams and Newey. Newey was great defensively especially 1st half and if they got Williams in space a little more in the 1st half I think we would have got something.
Overall though poor battling qualities and creativity from both players and management. If u want that contract extension Wilder, you'll need to start 2014 with a bang.
Another thing I wondered was why on earth we didn't go 4-2-3-1. We actually have the players who suit it! We were getting suffocated in the middle. I think next game we should start with 5 in midfield with Williams and Rigg further forward and drop Smalley to bench. Start Ruffels if he's not injured.
Pure frustration yesterday with the only bright point to come out being Williams and Newey. Newey was great defensively especially 1st half and if they got Williams in space a little more in the 1st half I think we would have got something. Overall though poor battling qualities and creativity from both players and management. If u want that contract extension Wilder, you'll need to start 2014 with a bang. Another thing I wondered was why on earth we didn't go 4-2-3-1. We actually have the players who suit it! We were getting suffocated in the middle. I think next game we should start with 5 in midfield with Williams and Rigg further forward and drop Smalley to bench. Start Ruffels if he's not injured. Davos P

12:23pm Mon 30 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Wilder Out.

My team would be

Clarke, Hunt (no other choice), Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Mullins, O'Dowda, Ruffels, Kitson, Marsh with the rest of the slow guys on the bench.

I would play 4-5-1 and see what happens, yes I have put Mullins in midfeild and he has bite, my apologies but the only quick players who are Williams and O'Dowda have to play, the others are cart horses.

But never mind, the Donkey Wilder won't listen to someone who sits up in the south stand upper and can see what's going on not some prat at pitch level.
Wilder Out. My team would be Clarke, Hunt (no other choice), Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Mullins, O'Dowda, Ruffels, Kitson, Marsh with the rest of the slow guys on the bench. I would play 4-5-1 and see what happens, yes I have put Mullins in midfeild and he has bite, my apologies but the only quick players who are Williams and O'Dowda have to play, the others are cart horses. But never mind, the Donkey Wilder won't listen to someone who sits up in the south stand upper and can see what's going on not some prat at pitch level. BigAlBiker

11:59pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Patrick, Devon says...

OxRoxBox wrote:
Roger Craig wrote:
Oh of course.... Arsenal. Silly me. I also though of Huddersfield, but do cow parts count?
Hi Roger Craig!
Well of course the other 2 teams with body parts in the name are Manchester Utd and City but of course you are correct Arsenal fits as well so it is now 4!!!
Liverpool. Portsmouth, Plymouth, Bournemouth? would add Headington Utd, but they were never in the league as such.
[quote][p][bold]OxRoxBox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roger Craig[/bold] wrote: Oh of course.... Arsenal. Silly me. I also though of Huddersfield, but do cow parts count?[/p][/quote]Hi Roger Craig! Well of course the other 2 teams with body parts in the name are Manchester Utd and City but of course you are correct Arsenal fits as well so it is now 4!!![/p][/quote]Liverpool. Portsmouth, Plymouth, Bournemouth? would add Headington Utd, but they were never in the league as such. Patrick, Devon

5:38am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mark the Printer says...

Hazard you scummer. Working over Swindump at the moment. Let me know what pub you drink in and I will come down and kick the **** out of you. You are a complete knob head.
Hazard you scummer. Working over Swindump at the moment. Let me know what pub you drink in and I will come down and kick the **** out of you. You are a complete knob head. Mark the Printer

7:16am Tue 31 Dec 13

Richard Wickson says...

35 year fan wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
35 year fan wrote:
sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them....

it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice.

on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:)

happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it
Is it a plus just to stay up? Yes of course we must not get relegated but in a season when we lead for a third of the season, Promotion must be the aim and needs to become a reality. These last 2 games will affect the club in the pocket of that there is no doubt. Lenagan must change things before we fall too far out of contention.. Change is needed now, big time!
Richard, the :) was a clue! of course its not enough for a club with our gates just to stay up. we have double the fanbase of most of the competition.
Sorry 35 year fan. I miss the subtleties like your little :) as it took me some time to work out how to do it, my other half, some 10 years younger than me tells me it's a smile. Old age I am afraid. When's that nice Mr Turner coming back to manage us again?
[quote][p][bold]35 year fan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]35 year fan[/bold] wrote: sad thing is that these two games re where all the occasional/first time fans come along and you either turn them into regulars or you lose them.... it does seem like the players get stage fright in home games. they need to take a good long look at themselves after these two performances. we need men not mice. on the plus side, I think we have enough points to stay up:) happy new year oufc fans, its never easy is it[/p][/quote]Is it a plus just to stay up? Yes of course we must not get relegated but in a season when we lead for a third of the season, Promotion must be the aim and needs to become a reality. These last 2 games will affect the club in the pocket of that there is no doubt. Lenagan must change things before we fall too far out of contention.. Change is needed now, big time![/p][/quote]Richard, the :) was a clue! of course its not enough for a club with our gates just to stay up. we have double the fanbase of most of the competition.[/p][/quote]Sorry 35 year fan. I miss the subtleties like your little :) as it took me some time to work out how to do it, my other half, some 10 years younger than me tells me it's a smile. Old age I am afraid. When's that nice Mr Turner coming back to manage us again? Richard Wickson

9:52am Tue 31 Dec 13

Doctor69 says...

Mark the Printer wrote:
Hazard you scummer. Working over Swindump at the moment. Let me know what pub you drink in and I will come down and kick the **** out of you. You are a complete knob head.
Won't get a response from him, like all vile red filth he is a bottle job. Run run run run run Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]Mark the Printer[/bold] wrote: Hazard you scummer. Working over Swindump at the moment. Let me know what pub you drink in and I will come down and kick the **** out of you. You are a complete knob head.[/p][/quote]Won't get a response from him, like all vile red filth he is a bottle job. Run run run run run Swindon. Doctor69

6:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

A Scroat says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Wilder Out.

My team would be

Clarke, Hunt (no other choice), Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Mullins, O'Dowda, Ruffels, Kitson, Marsh with the rest of the slow guys on the bench.

I would play 4-5-1 and see what happens, yes I have put Mullins in midfeild and he has bite, my apologies but the only quick players who are Williams and O'Dowda have to play, the others are cart horses.

But never mind, the Donkey Wilder won't listen to someone who sits up in the south stand upper and can see what's going on not some prat at pitch level.
Quite right about Barndoor Beano but I would never ever play Ruffels.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Wilder Out. My team would be Clarke, Hunt (no other choice), Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Mullins, O'Dowda, Ruffels, Kitson, Marsh with the rest of the slow guys on the bench. I would play 4-5-1 and see what happens, yes I have put Mullins in midfeild and he has bite, my apologies but the only quick players who are Williams and O'Dowda have to play, the others are cart horses. But never mind, the Donkey Wilder won't listen to someone who sits up in the south stand upper and can see what's going on not some prat at pitch level.[/p][/quote]Quite right about Barndoor Beano but I would never ever play Ruffels. A Scroat

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