Northampton Tn 3 (Marquis 29, Toney 33, Kouo-Doumbe 50) Oxford Utd 1 (Williams 6)

Northampton Tn 3 (Marquis 29, Toney 33, Kouo-Doumbe 50) Oxford Utd 1 (Williams 6)

Northampton Tn 3 (Marquis 29, Toney 33, Kouo-Doumbe 50) Oxford Utd 1 (Williams 6)

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The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

OXFORD United were unable to finish the season on a high as Chris Wilder's Northampton Town swept to victory to preserve their Football League status.

It neatly summed up the U's season - after a promising start where Ryan Williams grabbed an early goal it fizzled out into a defeat.

There were plenty of nerves among the home fans after falling behind, but the picture changed when Williams was sent off for retaliation in the 19th minute.

John Marquis and Ivan Toney struck in quick succession and a third goal early in the second half from Mathias Kouo-Doumbe put the result beyond doubt.

Many of the United players will have come off wondering if it was their last display for the club, ahead of contract talks next week.

Injuries to Michael Raynes and Alfie Potter forced two of Gary Waddock's three changes.

Matt Bevans came in at right back as David Hunt moved into the middle, while Scott Davies started in midfield.

The other change saw Danny Rose make his first start for more than a month as Nicky Wroe dropped to the bench.

United, unlike their hosts, had nothing tangible to play for, but they started well.

James Constable had a shot well blocked inside 30 seconds and within six minutes the visitors were ahead.

The striker won a corner, which Rose swung into the near post. Both Dave Kitson and Tom Newey got touches, before Williams slammed in his eighth goal of the season from six yards.

A jubilant away end wasted no time in asking Wilder what the score was, but the Cobblers should have levelled within two minutes.

Toney ran clear, but Ryan Clarke ran out to force the teenager wide. With two men on the line the striker squirted a shot on to the post for Clarke the gather.

With Wycombe winning at Torquay, Sixfields grew increasingly tense.

Williams was enjoying himself, twisting past three challenges before firing just over from 20 yards.

But the Australian, making the final appearance in his loan from Fulham, blotted his copybook on 19 minutes.

Ricky Ravenhill came through strongly on the winger, who lashed out and referee Scott Duncan had no hesitation in producing a straight red card.

It gave added impetus to Northampton and Chris Hackett twice came close to an equaliser.

The momentum was with the hosts, who seized control of the game with two goals in four minutes.

Marquis robbed Jake Wright and showed composure as he ran through to slot past Clarke.

Sixfields breathed a sigh of relief and the home fans exploded again when Toney headed in Evan Horwood's cross.

The cushion could have been even greater at half-time, as Town were denied a third goal in stoppage time.

A sequence of four successive corners ended with Marquis having a shot which appeared to cross the line, but United scrambled the ball clear without the officials awarding a goal.

There was no doubt five minutes after the restart, when Northampton did make it 3-1.

Tom Newey conceded a free-kick, which Hackett swung in for Kouo-Doumbe to plant a header back across Clarke and into the corner of the net.

It gave the hosts some breathing space and the intensity of the game dropped.

Northampton were content to give United time on the ball in their own half, but they struggled to get support for Constable.

There were no chances to speak of as Cobblers goalkeeper Matt Duke spent much of the half as a spectator.

The home side did not throw men forward like they had before the break, but still looked the more dangerous.

Only a superb clearance off the line from Wright prevented Emile Sinclair from scoring on 71 minutes after the striker lobbed Clarke.

Gary Waddock introduced Callum O'Dowda and Tyrone Marsh to give United fresh energy, but the youngsters could do little to change a game which had long since got away from the visitors.

While the home side celebrated a great escape at the final whistle, United began what will be a long summer after suffering an 11th defeat in 15 games.

Northampton: Duke, Tozer, Diamond, Robertson (Kouo-Doumbe ht), Horwood, Hackett, Ravenhill, Carter, Morris, Toney (Dickenson 73), Marquis (Sinclair 62).

Unused subs: Snedker, Langmead, Deegan.

Oxford: Clarke, Bevans, Hunt, Wright, Newey, Davies, Rose, Ruffels, Williams, Kitson (O'Dowda 57), Constable (Marsh 75).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Meades, Wroe, Long, Shama.

Attendance: 7,529 (1,358 visitors).

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland).

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5:09pm Sat 3 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

Since the 1st Jan we have been abysmal, even today we take the lead then helped by a petulant player we chuck it away, Waddonk is not the man, yes I know he has to work with what he has but with his record he should go before he is pushed. What is it one win in nine???? I stopped counting ages ago.

Time for a total clear out, if IL needs any help speak to me and the rest of us sat in the SSU as we get a great pic of just how crap we have been.

******* useless du du de la du.
Since the 1st Jan we have been abysmal, even today we take the lead then helped by a petulant player we chuck it away, Waddonk is not the man, yes I know he has to work with what he has but with his record he should go before he is pushed. What is it one win in nine???? I stopped counting ages ago. Time for a total clear out, if IL needs any help speak to me and the rest of us sat in the SSU as we get a great pic of just how crap we have been. ******* useless du du de la du. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 35

5:15pm Sat 3 May 14

OUFC67 says...

Yet another defeat. Terrible form and it has got worse since Waddock was appointed. Most new managers make a positive impact when they are appointed. The fans could have done better than Waddock so far. Awful and if he was the best out of 70 applicants it does not say much for the other 69. The fans have been very badly let down for the last third of the season. Wilder must be laughing. He has not done bad so far at Northampton since he has been there. However I am more concerned with our form, team as well as Waddock as he picks the team and one win is totally unacceptable so far. What do you think so far?
Yet another defeat. Terrible form and it has got worse since Waddock was appointed. Most new managers make a positive impact when they are appointed. The fans could have done better than Waddock so far. Awful and if he was the best out of 70 applicants it does not say much for the other 69. The fans have been very badly let down for the last third of the season. Wilder must be laughing. He has not done bad so far at Northampton since he has been there. However I am more concerned with our form, team as well as Waddock as he picks the team and one win is totally unacceptable so far. What do you think so far? OUFC67
  • Score: 33

5:24pm Sat 3 May 14

New Manor rename says...

Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.
Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November. New Manor rename
  • Score: -12

5:29pm Sat 3 May 14

H.J.Harris says...

New Manor rename wrote:
Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.
Oh the fans will judge him alright and won't wait until November.
[quote][p][bold]New Manor rename[/bold] wrote: Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.[/p][/quote]Oh the fans will judge him alright and won't wait until November. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 21

5:47pm Sat 3 May 14

karatavuk says...

The attitude of the players stinks. It's like a disease at this club.
They don't want to play for the manager.
They don't want to play for the club.
They don't want to play for the fans.

Ship the lot of them out, otherwise we will be relegated next season.
The attitude of the players stinks. It's like a disease at this club. They don't want to play for the manager. They don't want to play for the club. They don't want to play for the fans. Ship the lot of them out, otherwise we will be relegated next season. karatavuk
  • Score: 34

6:28pm Sat 3 May 14

dorsetyellows says...

About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer,
Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up .
Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs .
Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.
About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer, Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up . Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs . Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either. dorsetyellows
  • Score: 22

6:37pm Sat 3 May 14

RedDragon9621 says...

SO when does the new manager join the club? The way Oxford are playing you would think they haven't a clue what they are doing. Was Waddock not wanting the team to go up this season so he could win the D2 title next season? Or is it because of the trip to Wembley for Oxford back in the 80's? Dismal is not a word for the last few games more like total carp.
SO when does the new manager join the club? The way Oxford are playing you would think they haven't a clue what they are doing. Was Waddock not wanting the team to go up this season so he could win the D2 title next season? Or is it because of the trip to Wembley for Oxford back in the 80's? Dismal is not a word for the last few games more like total carp. RedDragon9621
  • Score: 19

7:15pm Sat 3 May 14

35 year fan says...

I just hope you guys had a decent bet on Northampton because it was free money today with this bunch of non-triers.
I just hope you guys had a decent bet on Northampton because it was free money today with this bunch of non-triers. 35 year fan
  • Score: 20

7:42pm Sat 3 May 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

Congratulations Chris Wilder. Good job.
Congratulations Chris Wilder. Good job. BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 16

8:04pm Sat 3 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

New Manor rename wrote:
Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.
Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that!
[quote][p][bold]New Manor rename[/bold] wrote: Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.[/p][/quote]Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 10

8:16pm Sat 3 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
New Manor rename wrote:
Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.
Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that!
I meant to complete what I was saying by saying that leaving it till November to judge him would be financial suicide for the club. We could be in the bottom two by then and gates could be below 4,000. I certainly won't return until Waddock has gone and that's a definite. He doesn't inspire confidence in players or fans, at least Wilder got these same players defending and not losing even if it was excruciating to watch. If he was Lenagans best choice out of 70 applicants then Lenagan should go too, Wilder couldn't find Football players and Lenagan can't find a Manager, the future is bleak!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Manor rename[/bold] wrote: Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.[/p][/quote]Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that![/p][/quote]I meant to complete what I was saying by saying that leaving it till November to judge him would be financial suicide for the club. We could be in the bottom two by then and gates could be below 4,000. I certainly won't return until Waddock has gone and that's a definite. He doesn't inspire confidence in players or fans, at least Wilder got these same players defending and not losing even if it was excruciating to watch. If he was Lenagans best choice out of 70 applicants then Lenagan should go too, Wilder couldn't find Football players and Lenagan can't find a Manager, the future is bleak! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 21

9:22pm Sat 3 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

Just looked at the League 2 table, we finished just 9 points above the cobblers at the end of the day, sort of sums up what this crap season has been about, without those away wins we would be down with the plebs in the Conferance.

God help us with this rubbish.
Just looked at the League 2 table, we finished just 9 points above the cobblers at the end of the day, sort of sums up what this crap season has been about, without those away wins we would be down with the plebs in the Conferance. God help us with this rubbish. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 21

10:33pm Sat 3 May 14

Oxokuba says...

Waddock is completely out of his depth - Lenagan belongs in rugby league- we have moved several steps backwards. Embarrassing performance by essentially a mid table conference premier club with an exaggerated opinion of itself. We are in a real mess. Waddock is not the answer. Lenagan has two choices invest or sell. I'd love to know what evaluation he used to pick Waddock from 70 candidates.
Waddock is completely out of his depth - Lenagan belongs in rugby league- we have moved several steps backwards. Embarrassing performance by essentially a mid table conference premier club with an exaggerated opinion of itself. We are in a real mess. Waddock is not the answer. Lenagan has two choices invest or sell. I'd love to know what evaluation he used to pick Waddock from 70 candidates. Oxokuba
  • Score: 17

10:42pm Sat 3 May 14

Fruit_Bat says...

Wonderful Wilder. Woeful Waddock.
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/football/27
168032
Hard to disagree with the latter so far.
Wonderful Wilder. Woeful Waddock. http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/27 168032 Hard to disagree with the latter so far. Fruit_Bat
  • Score: 23

12:05am Sun 4 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Maybe time to bring back Oxford City Football Club to have a go as being our saviours? It would also make more sense having Marston as the venue, instead of the Kassam - surely one of Oxford City Council's worst land-sale mistakes of all time?
Maybe time to bring back Oxford City Football Club to have a go as being our saviours? It would also make more sense having Marston as the venue, instead of the Kassam - surely one of Oxford City Council's worst land-sale mistakes of all time? Myron Blatz
  • Score: 13

6:43am Sun 4 May 14

dovepe says...

Don't blame GW it's the players.Season over.If money not spent on decent players.It will be another long season.Dig deep IL please!
Don't blame GW it's the players.Season over.If money not spent on decent players.It will be another long season.Dig deep IL please! dovepe
  • Score: 5

8:55am Sun 4 May 14

New Manor rename says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
New Manor rename wrote:
Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.
Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that!
That's the point. Judging him now is not fair. He had a below par squad (brought in by Wilder who is the real villain here) who were mentally dented when their manager walked out in black comical circumstances. Part of the reason for his appointment is buying into the youth policy which Lenagan craved, hence the two new signatures earlier in the week. He can now get rid of Wilders poor loanees and deadwood signatures (Kitson being the worst acquisition in years!) and use any money from multiple sales on a few quality purchases and start to mix in the youth with them. This will take time. We will not set the league alight next year either but can hope for improved performances. We were lucky to be as high as we were this season. How many of those away wins early doors were against 10 men?

GW needs to be given time and not be judged on Wilder's poor business
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Manor rename[/bold] wrote: Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.[/p][/quote]Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that![/p][/quote]That's the point. Judging him now is not fair. He had a below par squad (brought in by Wilder who is the real villain here) who were mentally dented when their manager walked out in black comical circumstances. Part of the reason for his appointment is buying into the youth policy which Lenagan craved, hence the two new signatures earlier in the week. He can now get rid of Wilders poor loanees and deadwood signatures (Kitson being the worst acquisition in years!) and use any money from multiple sales on a few quality purchases and start to mix in the youth with them. This will take time. We will not set the league alight next year either but can hope for improved performances. We were lucky to be as high as we were this season. How many of those away wins early doors were against 10 men? GW needs to be given time and not be judged on Wilder's poor business New Manor rename
  • Score: -7

9:02am Sun 4 May 14

Oxokuba says...

A real concern for re Waddock is he clearly couldn't inspire a group of players to cement a play off spot and his record so far is appalling. Even after a clearout will Waddock have same effect on new players coming in? The caliblre of any new players has to be better than the crock of crap that has just let the club down but will Lenagan invest? I have some sympathy with Lenagan but he's putting himself in a position where he could lose what he's spent and walk away burnt by the experience. Summer is a big decision time for Lenagan. I can't believe that we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.
A real concern for re Waddock is he clearly couldn't inspire a group of players to cement a play off spot and his record so far is appalling. Even after a clearout will Waddock have same effect on new players coming in? The caliblre of any new players has to be better than the crock of crap that has just let the club down but will Lenagan invest? I have some sympathy with Lenagan but he's putting himself in a position where he could lose what he's spent and walk away burnt by the experience. Summer is a big decision time for Lenagan. I can't believe that we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. Oxokuba
  • Score: 9

9:40am Sun 4 May 14

EastIlsleyyellow says...

Apart from the first few games of last season when we were free scoring and looking great, we've played awful football. Time to give our new manager a chance to turn this team or his new team around. Mr Waddock talks the talk and understands the type of football we all want to see. Let's hope we can see better next year, but for now there's no point in calling for his head it will get you nowhere.
Apart from the first few games of last season when we were free scoring and looking great, we've played awful football. Time to give our new manager a chance to turn this team or his new team around. Mr Waddock talks the talk and understands the type of football we all want to see. Let's hope we can see better next year, but for now there's no point in calling for his head it will get you nowhere. EastIlsleyyellow
  • Score: -1

10:25am Sun 4 May 14

onedaywewill says...

it was time for Wilder to go, but Waddock the best. I hope that I L knows something we don't otherwise next year will be a disaster. Glad to see the players gave the fans something back on the last game. what a joke
it was time for Wilder to go, but Waddock the best. I hope that I L knows something we don't otherwise next year will be a disaster. Glad to see the players gave the fans something back on the last game. what a joke onedaywewill
  • Score: 7

10:29am Sun 4 May 14

Manor Born says...

People here are quick to say the players didn't want to play for Waddock - which may be true, but why is this? Is this because as soon as he walked through the door, he wrote them and our season off? Practically from day one he has been saying they're not good enough and massive changes are needed. How does that motivate and encourage players who were low on confidence.

His record is akin to that of Graham Rix, let's hope that does change over the summer as we all know how that ended up. It is possibly unfair to judge him over the last nine games, but he should be held accountable for some abject performances and his part in the end of this season's debacle. So far he hasn't inspired at all and this is a huge worry.
People here are quick to say the players didn't want to play for Waddock - which may be true, but why is this? Is this because as soon as he walked through the door, he wrote them and our season off? Practically from day one he has been saying they're not good enough and massive changes are needed. How does that motivate and encourage players who were low on confidence. His record is akin to that of Graham Rix, let's hope that does change over the summer as we all know how that ended up. It is possibly unfair to judge him over the last nine games, but he should be held accountable for some abject performances and his part in the end of this season's debacle. So far he hasn't inspired at all and this is a huge worry. Manor Born
  • Score: 7

11:00am Sun 4 May 14

Davos P says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
New Manor rename wrote:
Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.
Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that!
I meant to complete what I was saying by saying that leaving it till November to judge him would be financial suicide for the club. We could be in the bottom two by then and gates could be below 4,000. I certainly won't return until Waddock has gone and that's a definite. He doesn't inspire confidence in players or fans, at least Wilder got these same players defending and not losing even if it was excruciating to watch. If he was Lenagans best choice out of 70 applicants then Lenagan should go too, Wilder couldn't find Football players and Lenagan can't find a Manager, the future is bleak!
Definitely agree with that. A complete clear out should be completed. Players and coaches alike. The club now needs reconstructive surgery following the car crash of the last two months. Wouldn't mind if Lenegan sold up and done one as well.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Manor rename[/bold] wrote: Any calls for Waddock's head are ridiculously premature. He now has the Summer to sort out his team and his tactics with those chosen players. A few months to gel under competitive games; Let's start judging him around November.[/p][/quote]Let's be fair and judge him now. I was told by many that when a new manager comes in teams improve but we obviously have not and he is as much to blame as Wilder for running away and Lenagan for appointing him. He is patently obviously not the man for the job and Lenagan can't trust him to assemble a decent squad with money the club cannot afford to waste. He should go and take the majority of this poor squad with him through the exit door if he stays then I don't, simple as that![/p][/quote]I meant to complete what I was saying by saying that leaving it till November to judge him would be financial suicide for the club. We could be in the bottom two by then and gates could be below 4,000. I certainly won't return until Waddock has gone and that's a definite. He doesn't inspire confidence in players or fans, at least Wilder got these same players defending and not losing even if it was excruciating to watch. If he was Lenagans best choice out of 70 applicants then Lenagan should go too, Wilder couldn't find Football players and Lenagan can't find a Manager, the future is bleak![/p][/quote]Definitely agree with that. A complete clear out should be completed. Players and coaches alike. The club now needs reconstructive surgery following the car crash of the last two months. Wouldn't mind if Lenegan sold up and done one as well. Davos P
  • Score: 7

6:04pm Sun 4 May 14

London_Ox says...

I'm sorry but GW has to go out the door with the majority of the players..

Sometimes, things just dont work out and it's no shame to act swiftly and brutally. Losing 7 out of 8 games, many against lowly opposite and the fact he couldnt motivate his players to rise to the occasion in important matches.. Its the manner of defeats that hurt most.

Let's face it, if you are in a management position at work and you employ somebody who turns out to be a disaster. after two months, do you keep them on?! of course not, they would be let go.. I know there is probation at work and its harder to get rid of a a manager with a 2 years contract but if IL has made a pig's ear of it, he should fork out the financials to get somebody new in and start again..
I'm sorry but GW has to go out the door with the majority of the players.. Sometimes, things just dont work out and it's no shame to act swiftly and brutally. Losing 7 out of 8 games, many against lowly opposite and the fact he couldnt motivate his players to rise to the occasion in important matches.. Its the manner of defeats that hurt most. Let's face it, if you are in a management position at work and you employ somebody who turns out to be a disaster. after two months, do you keep them on?! of course not, they would be let go.. I know there is probation at work and its harder to get rid of a a manager with a 2 years contract but if IL has made a pig's ear of it, he should fork out the financials to get somebody new in and start again.. London_Ox
  • Score: 7

6:55pm Sun 4 May 14

cheekychap72 says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer,
Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up .
Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs .
Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.
Dorsetyellow were you at the game the fans were giving Wright loads of abuse if give it out you got to take it too and are you putting money into the club as certain oxford fans must live in a different world as wheres the money coming from if i was Lenagan i walk away and cut my losses as the fans will never except him and whos there to buy us with the rent to kassam so high.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer, Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up . Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs . Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.[/p][/quote]Dorsetyellow were you at the game the fans were giving Wright loads of abuse if give it out you got to take it too and are you putting money into the club as certain oxford fans must live in a different world as wheres the money coming from if i was Lenagan i walk away and cut my losses as the fans will never except him and whos there to buy us with the rent to kassam so high. cheekychap72
  • Score: -4

7:20pm Sun 4 May 14

dorsetyellows says...

cheekychap72 wrote:
dorsetyellows wrote:
About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer,
Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up .
Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs .
Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.
Dorsetyellow were you at the game the fans were giving Wright loads of abuse if give it out you got to take it too and are you putting money into the club as certain oxford fans must live in a different world as wheres the money coming from if i was Lenagan i walk away and cut my losses as the fans will never except him and whos there to buy us with the rent to kassam so high.
Yes was at the game , stuck right in the corner , why are the oxford fans picking on wright , sure he has not been at his best but I haven't got a short memory , the guys got talent , would b difficult to replace as we need full backs , midfielders and strikers !
[quote][p][bold]cheekychap72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer, Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up . Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs . Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.[/p][/quote]Dorsetyellow were you at the game the fans were giving Wright loads of abuse if give it out you got to take it too and are you putting money into the club as certain oxford fans must live in a different world as wheres the money coming from if i was Lenagan i walk away and cut my losses as the fans will never except him and whos there to buy us with the rent to kassam so high.[/p][/quote]Yes was at the game , stuck right in the corner , why are the oxford fans picking on wright , sure he has not been at his best but I haven't got a short memory , the guys got talent , would b difficult to replace as we need full backs , midfielders and strikers ! dorsetyellows
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Sun 4 May 14

hally1 says...

Think Jake Wright was defiantly trying to help Wilder out yesterday the first two goals were very suspicious!! Also his comment to the fans was bang out of order who does the bloke think he is?? Remember who pays your wages!! See you at sixfields next year!!
Think Jake Wright was defiantly trying to help Wilder out yesterday the first two goals were very suspicious!! Also his comment to the fans was bang out of order who does the bloke think he is?? Remember who pays your wages!! See you at sixfields next year!! hally1
  • Score: 6

10:24pm Sun 4 May 14

dorsetyellows says...

Just watched the defending by jake wright for the 1st and 2nd northampton goals on the football league show , very susipicious to say the least , plus
With his verbal outburst towards the oxford fans , guess he will be at norhampton next season , Take a look and judge for yourselves .
Just watched the defending by jake wright for the 1st and 2nd northampton goals on the football league show , very susipicious to say the least , plus With his verbal outburst towards the oxford fans , guess he will be at norhampton next season , Take a look and judge for yourselves . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Sun 4 May 14

shouldn't say anything says...

i can't believe how indecisive Wright was for the 1st 2 goals tho i didn't see the rest of the match

At Scunthorpe he was throwing himself in front of exocets to block the ball - well hard - i wouldn't have must have hurt! so why he didn't attack the ball today i don't know

i believe he takes his Captain Position seriously - heard a story, new player was made aware immediately when introduced to the players That Wright was the Captain by his seriousness & presence

i think Waddock and everyone associated with OUFC should now draw a line under this season - and i think Waddock even if he keeps the players will be one of the busiest managers this summer in terms of concentrating on football sessions that will remove the Wilder Way and instill his way of playing

Even tho Wilder won enough points for promotion i'm still glad he left because the football became interminable

having said that the best football i've ever seen OUFC play was at Lincoln 1st season back triangles and everything - dunno why he became so paranoid

but there is no urgency to take the game to the opposition i've seen about 17 games since back in FL and apart from Crewe away when it was all out attack for 90 minutes (tho like Lincoln we lost) every team looked like they could do us

hopefully Waddocks got a solid belief in what he wants to do and can instill it in the players for this season

Come On You Yellows !!!!
i can't believe how indecisive Wright was for the 1st 2 goals tho i didn't see the rest of the match At Scunthorpe he was throwing himself in front of exocets to block the ball - well hard - i wouldn't have must have hurt! so why he didn't attack the ball today i don't know i believe he takes his Captain Position seriously - heard a story, new player was made aware immediately when introduced to the players That Wright was the Captain by his seriousness & presence i think Waddock and everyone associated with OUFC should now draw a line under this season - and i think Waddock even if he keeps the players will be one of the busiest managers this summer in terms of concentrating on football sessions that will remove the Wilder Way and instill his way of playing Even tho Wilder won enough points for promotion i'm still glad he left because the football became interminable having said that the best football i've ever seen OUFC play was at Lincoln 1st season back triangles and everything - dunno why he became so paranoid but there is no urgency to take the game to the opposition i've seen about 17 games since back in FL and apart from Crewe away when it was all out attack for 90 minutes (tho like Lincoln we lost) every team looked like they could do us hopefully Waddocks got a solid belief in what he wants to do and can instill it in the players for this season Come On You Yellows !!!! shouldn't say anything
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Sun 4 May 14

shouldn't say anything says...

& FFS support Beano up front this season

Came on at Rochdale Scunthorpe made an immediate difference Why wasn't he playing from the start

Without Beano looked toothless

PS Smalley was very good at Rochdale won EVERY header just williams on different wavelength, put out on wing 2nd half out of position disappeared

WITH correct suppor,t not Kitson in holding midfield role (seems like), he will get 15-20 a season

with attacking flowing football Beano'll be on it !
& FFS support Beano up front this season Came on at Rochdale Scunthorpe made an immediate difference Why wasn't he playing from the start Without Beano looked toothless PS Smalley was very good at Rochdale won EVERY header just williams on different wavelength, put out on wing 2nd half out of position disappeared WITH correct suppor,t not Kitson in holding midfield role (seems like), he will get 15-20 a season with attacking flowing football Beano'll be on it ! shouldn't say anything
  • Score: -3

4:39am Mon 5 May 14

cheekychap72 says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
cheekychap72 wrote:
dorsetyellows wrote:
About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer,
Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up .
Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs .
Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.
Dorsetyellow were you at the game the fans were giving Wright loads of abuse if give it out you got to take it too and are you putting money into the club as certain oxford fans must live in a different world as wheres the money coming from if i was Lenagan i walk away and cut my losses as the fans will never except him and whos there to buy us with the rent to kassam so high.
Yes was at the game , stuck right in the corner , why are the oxford fans picking on wright , sure he has not been at his best but I haven't got a short memory , the guys got talent , would b difficult to replace as we need full backs , midfielders and strikers !
Guess as captain there taking it out on him for the poor form and i think Mullins needs to be captain allowing Wright to get his form back and think for the last few seasons hes been rushed back to earlier so not match fit and i feel its the full backs have been at fault always out of position and never seem to be able to look for a pass or trust the younger players when there calling for the ball and we need a play maker in midfield and a decent strikers and certain fans will never be happy hark on about the glory days of div 1 and milk cup were not a big club any more if we ever were and with money were losing each season because of the rent then theres going to be less money spent on the squad and Lenegans not billionaire
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheekychap72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: About time the club shows some ambition , bring in quality in the summer, Buying cheap in football brings failure . The only good thing I take from this season is the younger players that have come through the youth set up . Will never win anything in football with a poor midfield . Hunt and Newey must go , the modern game demands much more from the full backs . Not sure why wright needed to swear at the Oxford fans when clearing the ball off the goal line , not sure i want u at our club next season either.[/p][/quote]Dorsetyellow were you at the game the fans were giving Wright loads of abuse if give it out you got to take it too and are you putting money into the club as certain oxford fans must live in a different world as wheres the money coming from if i was Lenagan i walk away and cut my losses as the fans will never except him and whos there to buy us with the rent to kassam so high.[/p][/quote]Yes was at the game , stuck right in the corner , why are the oxford fans picking on wright , sure he has not been at his best but I haven't got a short memory , the guys got talent , would b difficult to replace as we need full backs , midfielders and strikers ![/p][/quote]Guess as captain there taking it out on him for the poor form and i think Mullins needs to be captain allowing Wright to get his form back and think for the last few seasons hes been rushed back to earlier so not match fit and i feel its the full backs have been at fault always out of position and never seem to be able to look for a pass or trust the younger players when there calling for the ball and we need a play maker in midfield and a decent strikers and certain fans will never be happy hark on about the glory days of div 1 and milk cup were not a big club any more if we ever were and with money were losing each season because of the rent then theres going to be less money spent on the squad and Lenegans not billionaire cheekychap72
  • Score: -1

8:07am Mon 5 May 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

What I would have liked to see happen at Northampton was for Waddle to start with Ty Marsh and give him a motivational talk on how Wilder had ignored him for so long but was now depending on an 18 year old striker to keep them up! Wilder's treatment of Marsh was a disgrace. He called on him for the no hope cup game against Southend and he had both movement and a goal, then promptly dropped him again even though we then played and lost to Southend away. Then I watched as he made him strip off for action away at Cheltenham and made him stand on the touch line for ten minutes (5 within the 90 and 5 additional) without him getting on. A disgraceful treatment of a talented young man. A start at Northampton would have shown me that Waddle had some guile. I am so so angry with the way we t he fans have been treated and the vast majority of this team need to go.
What I would have liked to see happen at Northampton was for Waddle to start with Ty Marsh and give him a motivational talk on how Wilder had ignored him for so long but was now depending on an 18 year old striker to keep them up! Wilder's treatment of Marsh was a disgrace. He called on him for the no hope cup game against Southend and he had both movement and a goal, then promptly dropped him again even though we then played and lost to Southend away. Then I watched as he made him strip off for action away at Cheltenham and made him stand on the touch line for ten minutes (5 within the 90 and 5 additional) without him getting on. A disgraceful treatment of a talented young man. A start at Northampton would have shown me that Waddle had some guile. I am so so angry with the way we t he fans have been treated and the vast majority of this team need to go. The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 0

8:38am Mon 5 May 14

Sid Snakey says...

We as fans must take a share of the blame for this fiasco. We chased out a perfectly good manager (he didn't run away, he wanted a new contract) who has gone on to save local rivals from relegation. Genius. Well done everybody. How long before we hound out the new manager? Not long, by the look of the comments above. We have some great fans, and we really do have some absolute muppets.
We as fans must take a share of the blame for this fiasco. We chased out a perfectly good manager (he didn't run away, he wanted a new contract) who has gone on to save local rivals from relegation. Genius. Well done everybody. How long before we hound out the new manager? Not long, by the look of the comments above. We have some great fans, and we really do have some absolute muppets. Sid Snakey
  • Score: 1

9:51am Mon 5 May 14

dovepe says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
We as fans must take a share of the blame for this fiasco. We chased out a perfectly good manager (he didn't run away, he wanted a new contract) who has gone on to save local rivals from relegation. Genius. Well done everybody. How long before we hound out the new manager? Not long, by the look of the comments above. We have some great fans, and we really do have some absolute muppets.
Rubbish!
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: We as fans must take a share of the blame for this fiasco. We chased out a perfectly good manager (he didn't run away, he wanted a new contract) who has gone on to save local rivals from relegation. Genius. Well done everybody. How long before we hound out the new manager? Not long, by the look of the comments above. We have some great fans, and we really do have some absolute muppets.[/p][/quote]Rubbish! dovepe
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Mon 5 May 14

onthebench says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
We as fans must take a share of the blame for this fiasco. We chased out a perfectly good manager (he didn't run away, he wanted a new contract) who has gone on to save local rivals from relegation. Genius. Well done everybody. How long before we hound out the new manager? Not long, by the look of the comments above. We have some great fans, and we really do have some absolute muppets.
Spot on!
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: We as fans must take a share of the blame for this fiasco. We chased out a perfectly good manager (he didn't run away, he wanted a new contract) who has gone on to save local rivals from relegation. Genius. Well done everybody. How long before we hound out the new manager? Not long, by the look of the comments above. We have some great fans, and we really do have some absolute muppets.[/p][/quote]Spot on! onthebench
  • Score: 1

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