Wright backs Oxford United to spring surprise

The Oxford Times: Jake Wright believes United can upset Gillingham Jake Wright believes United can upset Gillingham

Jake Wright is confident Oxford United can beat Gillingham tonight, even if the skipper acknowledges some of their own supporters will be fearing the worst.

The U’s have won just one of their last seven games and played out a disappointing goalless draw at home to York City on Saturday.

Gillingham have only lost once over the same period and top the npower League Two table, 22 points ahead of tonight’s visitors.

Wright thinks there will be some people in the away end at Priestfield who will be doubtful about United’s chances, but the centre back is looking forward to the clash.

He said: “Everyone outside of our squad, I think even some of our fans, will be expecting us to go there and get beaten.

“That’s why it’s a good game for us – we’ve got nothing to lose – there are no expectations from anywhere apart from ourselves.

“We’ve got a belief between us and the staff that we can go there and get a result.

“You want to play against the best players in the league and prove you can do it against them.”

Lewis Montrose scored the only goal in Gillingham’s 1-0 win when the sides met in Kent last season.

The midfielder, now on loan at United, is ineligible to play against his parent club, so the visitors will have to make one enforced change.

Andy Whing is the most likely replacement, in what would be his first start since December.

U’s boss Chris Wilder knows his side will need to be near their best to take something from the trip, but takes heart from Gillingham’s home record, which shows just two wins from their last eight games.

He said: “If they play well and true to form they will become really difficult opponents, but there are a couple of home games that we can take a bit of encouragement from.

“Wycombe went there and won a couple of weeks ago, it sums up the league.

“Sometimes football works in different ways, maybe these are the games where our players do rise to the challenge.”

The Gills have lost on-loan striker Cody McDonald, who has been recalled by Coventry City.

Manager Martin Allen could have the luxury of a fully-fit squad, with Matt Fish (ankle), Andy Frampton (concussion), Danny Kedwell (hamstring) and Charlie Allen (hand) in contention.

Gillingham: from Nelson, Fish, Legge, Barrett, Martin, Gregory, Whelpdale, Robinson, Lee, Burton, Weston, Birchall, Forecast, Davies, Dack, Richardson, Frampton, Williams.

Oxford Utd: from McCormick, Batt, Raynes, Wright, Davis, Parker, Chapman, Whing, Rigg, Constable, Craddock, Smalley, Potter, Heslop, Capaldi, Worley, O’Brien, Duberry, Crocombe.

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10:11am Tue 26 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Lets tuck it up the Gillingham lot tonight, put a dent in there promotion hopes, at least Montrose wont be playing.
Lets tuck it up the Gillingham lot tonight, put a dent in there promotion hopes, at least Montrose wont be playing. BigAlBiker

10:59am Tue 26 Feb 13

northampton yellow says...

Dont matter hows playing we wont score let alone win cw as stated that the players be up 4 the challenge so aint they been up for it all season then wilder pack your bags and move on elsewhere people mite start going back to the kassam then
Dont matter hows playing we wont score let alone win cw as stated that the players be up 4 the challenge so aint they been up for it all season then wilder pack your bags and move on elsewhere people mite start going back to the kassam then northampton yellow

10:59am Tue 26 Feb 13

northampton yellow says...

Dont matter hows playing we wont score let alone win cw as stated that the players be up 4 the challenge so aint they been up for it all season then wilder pack your bags and move on elsewhere people mite start going back to the kassam then
Dont matter hows playing we wont score let alone win cw as stated that the players be up 4 the challenge so aint they been up for it all season then wilder pack your bags and move on elsewhere people mite start going back to the kassam then northampton yellow

12:57pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Adman says...

Cant really see us getting anything tonight. Though we do tend to play well against good clubs nd badly against poor ones. We' either sneak it 1-0 or more likely lose 3-0. 65 points max this year. Just need to get to 50 to be safe.
Cant really see us getting anything tonight. Though we do tend to play well against good clubs nd badly against poor ones. We' either sneak it 1-0 or more likely lose 3-0. 65 points max this year. Just need to get to 50 to be safe. Adman

2:02pm Tue 26 Feb 13

osney terrier says...

No points tonight
1 point on Staurday-maybe

Steve Maclaren just sacked from FC Twente,he might be worth a punt
No points tonight 1 point on Staurday-maybe Steve Maclaren just sacked from FC Twente,he might be worth a punt osney terrier

2:36pm Tue 26 Feb 13

northampton yellow says...

Graham westley b another good one
Graham westley b another good one northampton yellow

3:58pm Tue 26 Feb 13

matty99 says...

Need 4 points from next two games to stay in the hunt!
Need 4 points from next two games to stay in the hunt! matty99

5:18pm Tue 26 Feb 13

chrishay123 says...

I hope and prey we can get 3 points tonight. I'm going to the Torquay game soon and we should be more confident about getting the win there. COYY!
I hope and prey we can get 3 points tonight. I'm going to the Torquay game soon and we should be more confident about getting the win there. COYY! chrishay123

5:52pm Tue 26 Feb 13

former Manorette says...

Glad Jake is confident cause i'm not, hope i'm totally wrong but can't see us getting any points tonite but here's hoping. COYY.
Glad Jake is confident cause i'm not, hope i'm totally wrong but can't see us getting any points tonite but here's hoping. COYY. former Manorette

5:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Good to see London Welsh charged by the RFU for fielding an illegible player on numerous times this season, hopefully all points deducted and relegation leading to going back to Richmond, leave our pitch alone.
Good to see London Welsh charged by the RFU for fielding an illegible player on numerous times this season, hopefully all points deducted and relegation leading to going back to Richmond, leave our pitch alone. BigAlBiker

7:19pm Tue 26 Feb 13

moonlight shadow says...

Maclaren certainly has experience at a much higher level and, of course played here and also coached the YOUTH team. See here this is heading?
If he could improve the performance of the pesent squad whist instigating an efective youth poicy at the club I would settle for that.
Two questions though: Could we afford his wages? Would the owner back him with money to spend?
If no to either or both it ain't going to happen.
Maclaren certainly has experience at a much higher level and, of course played here and also coached the YOUTH team. See here this is heading? If he could improve the performance of the pesent squad whist instigating an efective youth poicy at the club I would settle for that. Two questions though: Could we afford his wages? Would the owner back him with money to spend? If no to either or both it ain't going to happen. moonlight shadow

7:45pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Until they get rid of the killer keeper I hope we keep on losing, we deserve nothing.
Until they get rid of the killer keeper I hope we keep on losing, we deserve nothing. Bart_simpsonDoh

8:09pm Tue 26 Feb 13

hawkeye1 says...

I think it is about time, Oxford United took out a lawsuit agains Kassam, for forcing us into ground sharing with a rugby team, and not maintaining the playing surface in the same condition as it was at the time the contract was signed, maybe he should be fined under the slumlord law, as he is a slum landlord, we are never going to progress until he has nothing to do with our club.
I think it is about time, Oxford United took out a lawsuit agains Kassam, for forcing us into ground sharing with a rugby team, and not maintaining the playing surface in the same condition as it was at the time the contract was signed, maybe he should be fined under the slumlord law, as he is a slum landlord, we are never going to progress until he has nothing to do with our club. hawkeye1

9:23pm Tue 26 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

hawkeye1 wrote:
I think it is about time, Oxford United took out a lawsuit agains Kassam, for forcing us into ground sharing with a rugby team, and not maintaining the playing surface in the same condition as it was at the time the contract was signed, maybe he should be fined under the slumlord law, as he is a slum landlord, we are never going to progress until he has nothing to do with our club.
I would investigate the possibility of building up Oxford City's stadium cost wise to league standard.

Kassam could then go and swivel.
[quote][p][bold]hawkeye1[/bold] wrote: I think it is about time, Oxford United took out a lawsuit agains Kassam, for forcing us into ground sharing with a rugby team, and not maintaining the playing surface in the same condition as it was at the time the contract was signed, maybe he should be fined under the slumlord law, as he is a slum landlord, we are never going to progress until he has nothing to do with our club.[/p][/quote]I would investigate the possibility of building up Oxford City's stadium cost wise to league standard. Kassam could then go and swivel. BigAlBiker

9:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

chrishay123 says...

Well done Oxford! Can't believe we have just beaten the team that's top of the league! Well done guys!
Well done Oxford! Can't believe we have just beaten the team that's top of the league! Well done guys! chrishay123

9:48pm Tue 26 Feb 13

osney terrier says...

Just how wrong could i have been ?
3 points tonight !!
Can we play all our remaining ganes away ?
Well done
Just how wrong could i have been ? 3 points tonight !! Can we play all our remaining ganes away ? Well done osney terrier

10:03pm Tue 26 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Lets tuck it up the Gillingham lot tonight, put a dent in there promotion hopes, at least Montrose wont be playing.
Good luck charm or what?

Mighty yellows win away again.

Top banana.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Lets tuck it up the Gillingham lot tonight, put a dent in there promotion hopes, at least Montrose wont be playing.[/p][/quote]Good luck charm or what? Mighty yellows win away again. Top banana. BigAlBiker

10:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13

35 year fan says...

nice call jake!

his analysis v good - with no pressure on them these players can deliver. with a bit of expectation and pressure they can't unfortunately. in punters terms, back themat long odds, lay them at short odds and we'll all be rich.
nice call jake! his analysis v good - with no pressure on them these players can deliver. with a bit of expectation and pressure they can't unfortunately. in punters terms, back themat long odds, lay them at short odds and we'll all be rich. 35 year fan

10:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

Despite tonights surprising and unexpected but much needed win i have absolutely no faith in IL or CW, the big plas for me is that as each game get us closer to safety it also gets us closer to CW and 16 players being out of contract. We need a massive cash injection to rid us of Kassam and get us back on track if not next season could be even more worrying than this one has become, investors and buyers very welcome.
Despite tonights surprising and unexpected but much needed win i have absolutely no faith in IL or CW, the big plas for me is that as each game get us closer to safety it also gets us closer to CW and 16 players being out of contract. We need a massive cash injection to rid us of Kassam and get us back on track if not next season could be even more worrying than this one has become, investors and buyers very welcome. Richard Wickson

2:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13

eatmygoal says...

Quite a few people commenting yesterday proving they don't know what they are talking about ;-)

Keep the faith
Quite a few people commenting yesterday proving they don't know what they are talking about ;-) Keep the faith eatmygoal

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