Oxford United assistant manager positive

MICKEY Lewis says Oxford United still fear no-one – despite their dismal run of form.

Five straight league defeats have seen the U’s drop to 17th in the npower League Two table.

And while a trip to Rotherham is hardly the sort of match you would relish, Lewis believes it could be ideal.

When asked whether he thought everyone from the outside would see the game as a home banker, United’s assistant manager replied: “Let’s hope they do!

“I don’t think Rotherham will think that at all, they know it will be a very tough match – for both teams.

“They’re a good team, but we don’t fear anybody.

“I think it’s a good, strong league, but anyone can beat anyone on their day.

“We are hurting after the defeats, but these are the same players that won the first three games and beat Bournemouth and Swindon in the cups.”

Lewis revealed the United players came back in 24 hours after their 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Bradford for a group meeting.

He explained: “We had a very frank and open meeting on Sunday.

“It wasn’t a punishment, but we felt that the sooner we had that meeting the better – and it was really positive.

“It wasn’t a meeting where everyone was having a go at each other, but instead it was upbeat and trying to make sure we put things right.

“It’s been a really positive week and the lads are really up for it – so much so that we are trying to make sure we keep them a little bit calm.”

Lewis admits that it is weeks like this that the coaching staff earn their money, making sure they pick the players up after more disappointment.

“There is no point the manager and us coaching staff walking round with our heads down by our knees,” he said.

“We sat in the office for a couple of hours after Saturday’s game, talked things through and it ruins your weekend.

“But come Monday, it’s our job to not only get ready for the game, but be as positive as we can.”

United had a rare bit of good news this week with Jake Forster-Caskey returning to training after tonsillitis.

Lewis believes the injury problems United have suffered this season is the worst run of luck during his career.

“It’s unbelievable (to have some good news), isn’t it,” Lewis joked.

“I started my career at West Brom at 16 and in my 30-and-a-bit-year career in the game I’ve never known anything like it.

“You don’t like to use it as an excuse, but we have been so unlucky.

“It feels as though whenever there is a tackle in a game, one of our players gets injured.

“It’s quite scary to be honest with how things have unfolded with injuries this season. But we’ll get through it.”

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11:08am Fri 28 Sep 12

AylesburyOx says...

Good to hear Mickey Lewis is as delusional as Chris Wilder - We're going to get beaten tomorrow, and not because of injuries (yawn) but because the players no longer want to play for the manager or the coaches.

Come Monday it'll be Wilder, Lewis and Melville all out of work. Mark my words – there’s a change gonna come.
Good to hear Mickey Lewis is as delusional as Chris Wilder - We're going to get beaten tomorrow, and not because of injuries (yawn) but because the players no longer want to play for the manager or the coaches. Come Monday it'll be Wilder, Lewis and Melville all out of work. Mark my words – there’s a change gonna come. AylesburyOx

11:58am Fri 28 Sep 12

RADIOFAN says...

The first thing you have to do to solve a problem is to admit there is one. The manager is ultra negative in his tactics. Have only scoring in each halve of the same football match on six times since the start of last season. Endlessly playing 451 even thou eight of the eleven goals Oxford have scored this season has come when they were playing 442. Also he never gives his players any confidence as he seems to build up the opposition like they are Real Madrid every week, Its no wonder the players look so scared to express themselves because there is obviously talent there. Finally just because Wilder got us out of the conference doesnt mean he should have a job for life. I mean Brian Talbot won the conference after all and he was one of the worst managers Oxford has ever had and he was the one virtuly got the club relegated in the first place. As for the injuries. Could it be that the lack of physical training in preseason is one of the main causes as its been occurring for almost for two seasons now. Thinking about it maybe the satistic of only scoring in each half of the same match six times in over sixty odd matches is not down to being negative. Maybe it is down to not being fit.
The first thing you have to do to solve a problem is to admit there is one. The manager is ultra negative in his tactics. Have only scoring in each halve of the same football match on six times since the start of last season. Endlessly playing 451 even thou eight of the eleven goals Oxford have scored this season has come when they were playing 442. Also he never gives his players any confidence as he seems to build up the opposition like they are Real Madrid every week, Its no wonder the players look so scared to express themselves because there is obviously talent there. Finally just because Wilder got us out of the conference doesnt mean he should have a job for life. I mean Brian Talbot won the conference after all and he was one of the worst managers Oxford has ever had and he was the one virtuly got the club relegated in the first place. As for the injuries. Could it be that the lack of physical training in preseason is one of the main causes as its been occurring for almost for two seasons now. Thinking about it maybe the satistic of only scoring in each half of the same match six times in over sixty odd matches is not down to being negative. Maybe it is down to not being fit. RADIOFAN

11:59am Fri 28 Sep 12

Underfaker says...

AylesburyOx wrote:
Good to hear Mickey Lewis is as delusional as Chris Wilder - We're going to get beaten tomorrow, and not because of injuries (yawn) but because the players no longer want to play for the manager or the coaches.

Come Monday it'll be Wilder, Lewis and Melville all out of work. Mark my words – there’s a change gonna come.
I really hope the change does come quick
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: Good to hear Mickey Lewis is as delusional as Chris Wilder - We're going to get beaten tomorrow, and not because of injuries (yawn) but because the players no longer want to play for the manager or the coaches. Come Monday it'll be Wilder, Lewis and Melville all out of work. Mark my words – there’s a change gonna come.[/p][/quote]I really hope the change does come quick Underfaker

12:53pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Ians view says...

The players who no longer want to play for the managers and coaches, by default no longer want to play for the club. Given that they are professional footballers, this is unacceptable.

I've got a hunch that the players do want the existing management and coaches to remain - as do Brighton and West Ham who have agreed to loan players to Oxford because of the strength of the management and coaching.
The players who no longer want to play for the managers and coaches, by default no longer want to play for the club. Given that they are professional footballers, this is unacceptable. I've got a hunch that the players do want the existing management and coaches to remain - as do Brighton and West Ham who have agreed to loan players to Oxford because of the strength of the management and coaching. Ians view

1:05pm Fri 28 Sep 12

oldun says...

Narr , we won't equal our all time (well 50 plus years) record of six consecutive League defeats - will we? Mind you , that record run of six included Ferguson's Moanurenited and the great Liverpool side of 87-88. No way we can lose tomorrow is there? Kemp's team never lost six in a row. 442
Narr , we won't equal our all time (well 50 plus years) record of six consecutive League defeats - will we? Mind you , that record run of six included Ferguson's Moanurenited and the great Liverpool side of 87-88. No way we can lose tomorrow is there? Kemp's team never lost six in a row. 442 oldun

4:09pm Fri 28 Sep 12

northampton yellow says...

There must be a illness at the club even wilder has now lost his voice i agree we need to change all 3 of them ASAP .........
There must be a illness at the club even wilder has now lost his voice i agree we need to change all 3 of them ASAP ......... northampton yellow

6:28pm Fri 28 Sep 12

oldun says...

Wilder led us to third place in the Conference - we came 2nd in our first season in it
Wilder led us to third place in the Conference - we came 2nd in our first season in it oldun

6:32pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Lewis u should have gone years ago
Lewis u should have gone years ago Beau champ mummy

7:24pm Fri 28 Sep 12

pop up pirate says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lewis u should have gone years ago
Beau champ you know you do write some s**t.
Or are you yellowhoods?
Any way I know you would agree that all those scummers down the 420 are trolls for coming on here. quite a sad lot to be honest.
As for CW it's a tough time for him but heres hoping it turns around for us asap.
otid.
Beau cham or is it chump? You know you want to be yellow. But we dont want you...so troll some where else.
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lewis u should have gone years ago[/p][/quote]Beau champ you know you do write some s**t. Or are you yellowhoods? Any way I know you would agree that all those scummers down the 420 are trolls for coming on here. quite a sad lot to be honest. As for CW it's a tough time for him but heres hoping it turns around for us asap. otid. Beau cham or is it chump? You know you want to be yellow. But we dont want you...so troll some where else. pop up pirate

10:46am Sat 29 Sep 12

Chish and Fips says...

pop up pirate wrote:
Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lewis u should have gone years ago
Beau champ you know you do write some s**t.
Or are you yellowhoods?
Any way I know you would agree that all those scummers down the 420 are trolls for coming on here. quite a sad lot to be honest.
As for CW it's a tough time for him but heres hoping it turns around for us asap.
otid.
Beau cham or is it chump? You know you want to be yellow. But we dont want you...so troll some where else.
Quite a 'happy lot' at the moment just to correct you ...

Have a good week you lot.
[quote][p][bold]pop up pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lewis u should have gone years ago[/p][/quote]Beau champ you know you do write some s**t. Or are you yellowhoods? Any way I know you would agree that all those scummers down the 420 are trolls for coming on here. quite a sad lot to be honest. As for CW it's a tough time for him but heres hoping it turns around for us asap. otid. Beau cham or is it chump? You know you want to be yellow. But we dont want you...so troll some where else.[/p][/quote]Quite a 'happy lot' at the moment just to correct you ... Have a good week you lot. Chish and Fips

11:08am Sun 30 Sep 12

adlibber says...

Lewis just trying to save a job he no longer deserves to have - Lenagan seems to have given up on the club already. I can't see Wilder turning this slump around and I do believe if we drop back into non league we'll disappear. The Swindon trolls (odd exceptions who understand banter) on here are tedious, repetitive and excruciatingly boring. I'm surprised they get broadband.
Lewis just trying to save a job he no longer deserves to have - Lenagan seems to have given up on the club already. I can't see Wilder turning this slump around and I do believe if we drop back into non league we'll disappear. The Swindon trolls (odd exceptions who understand banter) on here are tedious, repetitive and excruciatingly boring. I'm surprised they get broadband. adlibber

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