Waddock backs Oxford United to halt the slide

Witney Gazette: Gary Waddock Gary Waddock

Gary Waddock is hoping that dropping out of the play-off positions will be the shock Oxford United’s players need to halt their slump.

A 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town last Saturday saw the U’s drop out of Sky Bet League Two’s top seven for the first time this season.

They are only a point behind York City, who leapfrogged them with a goalless draw at Rochdale, but United’s form is bleak.

A return of five points from the last ten games is the worst in the division and with just five fixtures remaining, there is little time to arrest the slide.

Waddock admitted the players were “devastated” by the latest setback, but felt coming out of the spotlight could help a squad which is desperately low on confidence.

“We’ll look at it and go ‘wow, now we have to turn up’,” the U’s head coach said.

“We won’t know until we see how they respond next week.

“In recent games we haven’t won, apart from the game here against Hartlepool, but before and after that, possibly the players have been looking over their shoulder.

“We are out of it now, so let’s go and chase them down.

“You’ve got to go and look at the positives, let’s see if York are mentally strong enough to deal with it.”

United’s task gets no easier this weekend, as they visit Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims are also hoping to break into the top seven and can close to within a point of the U’s with a win in their game in hand at Newport County tonight.

Waddock pointed to the experience of another side in the play-offs, Southend United, as a source of encouragement.

The Shrimpers went 12 games without a win, falling out of the top seven, but a 3-0 success against United last month has sparked them into a three-game winning run.

Waddock added: “One win in ten games is a poor run and that affects all of us.

“But you look at Southend and the run they went on – they pulled themselves out of it and we have to do the same.

“No-one is going to help us, we have to help ourselves.”

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9:09am Tue 8 Apr 14

hawkeye1 says...

What colour is the sky in your world Gary ???
What colour is the sky in your world Gary ??? hawkeye1
  • Score: 14

9:22am Tue 8 Apr 14

Joe1 says...

Same old stuff
Same old stuff Joe1
  • Score: 14

9:26am Tue 8 Apr 14

Manor Born says...

Difference is Southend acknowledged they needed to change things a bit and went out and used the loan market to bring in someone who had pace, skill and an eye for goal. Every team challenging went out and got someone in to give their squads a boost for the run-in. There was one exception - guess which club that was...

Our rivals' boards have shown ambition, ours just put their heads in the sand, pinned a tail on a donkey and as a result we now find ourselves plunging out of the play-offs in even more spectacular style than previous seasons.
Difference is Southend acknowledged they needed to change things a bit and went out and used the loan market to bring in someone who had pace, skill and an eye for goal. Every team challenging went out and got someone in to give their squads a boost for the run-in. There was one exception - guess which club that was... Our rivals' boards have shown ambition, ours just put their heads in the sand, pinned a tail on a donkey and as a result we now find ourselves plunging out of the play-offs in even more spectacular style than previous seasons. Manor Born
  • Score: 29

9:33am Tue 8 Apr 14

mervgould says...

What a load of nonsense, the poor little darlings, they have to get up and train several days a week and sometimes play a match, let all of us working 50 hours or more for a lot less money start a collection so they have have a rest and some therapy. They a glad they are out of top seven, Shame on them.

Next season if nothing changes they will be lucky if they are out the bottom two and them the chairman will happy.

Lastly a message to all supporters who PAY to watch the match PAY to travel to the match, STOP being nasty to the players they don't like it, and they angry. WE ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE ANGRY.

Somebody get a grip.
What a load of nonsense, the poor little darlings, they have to get up and train several days a week and sometimes play a match, let all of us working 50 hours or more for a lot less money start a collection so they have have a rest and some therapy. They a glad they are out of top seven, Shame on them. Next season if nothing changes they will be lucky if they are out the bottom two and them the chairman will happy. Lastly a message to all supporters who PAY to watch the match PAY to travel to the match, STOP being nasty to the players they don't like it, and they angry. WE ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE ANGRY. Somebody get a grip. mervgould
  • Score: 30

10:42am Tue 8 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

Manor Born wrote:
Difference is Southend acknowledged they needed to change things a bit and went out and used the loan market to bring in someone who had pace, skill and an eye for goal. Every team challenging went out and got someone in to give their squads a boost for the run-in. There was one exception - guess which club that was...

Our rivals' boards have shown ambition, ours just put their heads in the sand, pinned a tail on a donkey and as a result we now find ourselves plunging out of the play-offs in even more spectacular style than previous seasons.
Spot on. Once again OU show a distinct lack of ambition. As nice a guy as Lenagan is he cannot afford promotion, he does a reasonable job of keeping the club going but cannot afford to bankroll a club held to ransom by Firobber Kassam so basically we just have to tick over as a low level club. Any hope of promotion is now gone and next season probably won't be any more promising, indeed could be worse. Unless a person with enough money to either buy the soulless stadium we call home or build another one the future looks awfully bleak.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Difference is Southend acknowledged they needed to change things a bit and went out and used the loan market to bring in someone who had pace, skill and an eye for goal. Every team challenging went out and got someone in to give their squads a boost for the run-in. There was one exception - guess which club that was... Our rivals' boards have shown ambition, ours just put their heads in the sand, pinned a tail on a donkey and as a result we now find ourselves plunging out of the play-offs in even more spectacular style than previous seasons.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Once again OU show a distinct lack of ambition. As nice a guy as Lenagan is he cannot afford promotion, he does a reasonable job of keeping the club going but cannot afford to bankroll a club held to ransom by Firobber Kassam so basically we just have to tick over as a low level club. Any hope of promotion is now gone and next season probably won't be any more promising, indeed could be worse. Unless a person with enough money to either buy the soulless stadium we call home or build another one the future looks awfully bleak. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 19

10:55am Tue 8 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

'wow we have to turn up'!! WTF is that about? I wish Waddock would stop his wilderesque impressions with such stupid inane quotes. As if players are that thick they haven't realised that only 1 win in 10 means the team drops down the league! I know Waddock needs time but I'd prefer it if he said nothing rather than state the bleeding obvious. Lenagan is losing my support with his indecisions. Next season could be a make or break for the club. Trying hard to give Waddock benefit of the doubt but his record so far isn't helping. I think we're the only club to regularly put obstacles in the way of our own progress.
'wow we have to turn up'!! WTF is that about? I wish Waddock would stop his wilderesque impressions with such stupid inane quotes. As if players are that thick they haven't realised that only 1 win in 10 means the team drops down the league! I know Waddock needs time but I'd prefer it if he said nothing rather than state the bleeding obvious. Lenagan is losing my support with his indecisions. Next season could be a make or break for the club. Trying hard to give Waddock benefit of the doubt but his record so far isn't helping. I think we're the only club to regularly put obstacles in the way of our own progress. Oxokuba
  • Score: 21

11:58am Tue 8 Apr 14

Moobs says...

Waddock = Rix Mk. II
Waddock = Rix Mk. II Moobs
  • Score: 6

1:47pm Tue 8 Apr 14

jonny1976 says...

Anyone know what the season ticket prices for Northampton are. May start watching them, at least they are making a fight of it
Anyone know what the season ticket prices for Northampton are. May start watching them, at least they are making a fight of it jonny1976
  • Score: -9

5:58pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Wonderful, so Mr Waddock is 'Hoping' the poor fragile losers will be 'shocked' into actually going out and, trying-to-win-a-game of football, tsk, and there was
I thinking they were paid to do that- not needing shock treatment.
If that's all your motivational skills run to Mr W then perhaps you might consider another career.
OUFC are a laughing stock, thanks to Mis- management from top to bottom.
When the time comes for season ticket re-newals, it's the Club who will get the shock treatment, I suspect.
Wonderful, so Mr Waddock is 'Hoping' the poor fragile losers will be 'shocked' into actually going out and, trying-to-win-a-game of football, tsk, and there was I thinking they were paid to do that- not needing shock treatment. If that's all your motivational skills run to Mr W then perhaps you might consider another career. OUFC are a laughing stock, thanks to Mis- management from top to bottom. When the time comes for season ticket re-newals, it's the Club who will get the shock treatment, I suspect. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 6

6:35pm Tue 8 Apr 14

newoxford says...

this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster...
this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster... newoxford
  • Score: -2

6:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

oxcidental says...

We the Oxford United fans are getting WILDER & WILDER watching the rubbish dished out week in week out........Forgot the nonsense from (players) and Manager day in day out in the press....just put in performances that we can be proud of or move on......next seasons ticket sales will be very interesting
We the Oxford United fans are getting WILDER & WILDER watching the rubbish dished out week in week out........Forgot the nonsense from (players) and Manager day in day out in the press....just put in performances that we can be proud of or move on......next seasons ticket sales will be very interesting oxcidental
  • Score: 5

7:41pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

newoxford wrote:
this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster...
what utter rubbish -Wilder left because the Chairman quite rightly wouldn't bow to pressure of a new contract without any guarantee of promotion from Wilder. Wilder failed for last two seasons from prominent play off spot to mid table. Northampton are still in a relegation spot after 12 games under Wilder so I don't understand why you think he was the man to take us up this year. I agree with you regards Lenagan taking too long to replace Wilder though I'm not sure we'll claw back a play off spot. I'm baffled by your theory that Wilder was hounded out though clearly he wasn't.

We are the club that's as cursed as Birmingham City were in the 70's&80's it seems to be in our DNA to snatch defeat from jaws of success.
[quote][p][bold]newoxford[/bold] wrote: this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster...[/p][/quote]what utter rubbish -Wilder left because the Chairman quite rightly wouldn't bow to pressure of a new contract without any guarantee of promotion from Wilder. Wilder failed for last two seasons from prominent play off spot to mid table. Northampton are still in a relegation spot after 12 games under Wilder so I don't understand why you think he was the man to take us up this year. I agree with you regards Lenagan taking too long to replace Wilder though I'm not sure we'll claw back a play off spot. I'm baffled by your theory that Wilder was hounded out though clearly he wasn't. We are the club that's as cursed as Birmingham City were in the 70's&80's it seems to be in our DNA to snatch defeat from jaws of success. Oxokuba
  • Score: 6

8:39am Wed 9 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

The last play off spot will probably be claimed by one of York,Plymouth or ourselves and given our dreadful form I think its between York&Plymouth. The difference between those two and us is form. York have a fantastic defence and Plymouth score goals we can't do either. I can't see us picking up a point in next two games which I think will seal our expected demise into mid table. I've gone past the here we go again failings of last 3 seasons to wondering how we can change the mindset. apart from having a dynamic board,inventive coaching, a successive youth program and investment in new players, none of which we have! Are we the new old Rochdale a club who spent long years in the lowest tier hanging on to modest cup ties for revenue on sub 3k gates?

We are a saga reinventing itself as a bigger saga. If only we knew some Arabs/Russians who were a bit flush eh? Onwards and not so upwards. Makes me dream of The Manor Years at least we had some fun and success before Maxwell's circus tent fell down.
The last play off spot will probably be claimed by one of York,Plymouth or ourselves and given our dreadful form I think its between York&Plymouth. The difference between those two and us is form. York have a fantastic defence and Plymouth score goals we can't do either. I can't see us picking up a point in next two games which I think will seal our expected demise into mid table. I've gone past the here we go again failings of last 3 seasons to wondering how we can change the mindset. apart from having a dynamic board,inventive coaching, a successive youth program and investment in new players, none of which we have! Are we the new old Rochdale a club who spent long years in the lowest tier hanging on to modest cup ties for revenue on sub 3k gates? We are a saga reinventing itself as a bigger saga. If only we knew some Arabs/Russians who were a bit flush eh? Onwards and not so upwards. Makes me dream of The Manor Years at least we had some fun and success before Maxwell's circus tent fell down. Oxokuba
  • Score: 5

10:25am Wed 9 Apr 14

LeGod says...

Waddock is taking you one place down the league your chairman appointed the wrong bloke its too late to revive the players they have had it you look so bad as a side watching you for the few minutes i could bear to watch against Southend you looked like a conference side and that is where Waddock will take you but as i said yesterday he will be sacked before Xmas anyway and then you will start again.
A cheap appointment and if your chairman so called had over 50 applicants for the job is says alot about the rest of the applicants by appointing Waddock or more likely his wages were the lowest and he went for him as opposed to a better manager.
Still as a fan of a team in Red and White not that far away from you lot its great to see all your comments on your team and how bad you are saying you are.
Just think your other per hate Luton will be up there with you next season and i predict now they will hit top 7 and leave you behind struggling in L2.
Waddock is taking you one place down the league your chairman appointed the wrong bloke its too late to revive the players they have had it you look so bad as a side watching you for the few minutes i could bear to watch against Southend you looked like a conference side and that is where Waddock will take you but as i said yesterday he will be sacked before Xmas anyway and then you will start again. A cheap appointment and if your chairman so called had over 50 applicants for the job is says alot about the rest of the applicants by appointing Waddock or more likely his wages were the lowest and he went for him as opposed to a better manager. Still as a fan of a team in Red and White not that far away from you lot its great to see all your comments on your team and how bad you are saying you are. Just think your other per hate Luton will be up there with you next season and i predict now they will hit top 7 and leave you behind struggling in L2. LeGod
  • Score: 0

10:34am Wed 9 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

LeGod wrote:
Waddock is taking you one place down the league your chairman appointed the wrong bloke its too late to revive the players they have had it you look so bad as a side watching you for the few minutes i could bear to watch against Southend you looked like a conference side and that is where Waddock will take you but as i said yesterday he will be sacked before Xmas anyway and then you will start again.
A cheap appointment and if your chairman so called had over 50 applicants for the job is says alot about the rest of the applicants by appointing Waddock or more likely his wages were the lowest and he went for him as opposed to a better manager.
Still as a fan of a team in Red and White not that far away from you lot its great to see all your comments on your team and how bad you are saying you are.
Just think your other per hate Luton will be up there with you next season and i predict now they will hit top 7 and leave you behind struggling in L2.
Can't argue with most of that, still, no matter how poor a football team we have
and how crap a stadium we pay exorbitant rent for- it's comforting to know there are others worse off, Oxford or Pig Hill? Hmmm :)
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Waddock is taking you one place down the league your chairman appointed the wrong bloke its too late to revive the players they have had it you look so bad as a side watching you for the few minutes i could bear to watch against Southend you looked like a conference side and that is where Waddock will take you but as i said yesterday he will be sacked before Xmas anyway and then you will start again. A cheap appointment and if your chairman so called had over 50 applicants for the job is says alot about the rest of the applicants by appointing Waddock or more likely his wages were the lowest and he went for him as opposed to a better manager. Still as a fan of a team in Red and White not that far away from you lot its great to see all your comments on your team and how bad you are saying you are. Just think your other per hate Luton will be up there with you next season and i predict now they will hit top 7 and leave you behind struggling in L2.[/p][/quote]Can't argue with most of that, still, no matter how poor a football team we have and how crap a stadium we pay exorbitant rent for- it's comforting to know there are others worse off, Oxford or Pig Hill? Hmmm :) Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 5

10:55am Wed 9 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

newoxford wrote:
this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster...
Wilder was not hounded out, he signed a one year contract in good faith but as the year wore on realised his commitment to his family was more important than his commitment to his employer, that is perfectly understandable and most of us wage slaves will move on when we can to get more job security and / or a bigger pay packet. He had got the players playing solid football away from home based on rock solid defence and at home we were playing poor football and when we ventured forward at his behest we were picked off and had goals scored against us with regularity. This team has never been a good team and when left in the charge of Lewis and Melville quickly evaporated into individuals that don't even seem to recognise each other let alone train together. Usually when a new manager comes in a team has a bit of a lift but so far Waddock has been unable to inspire the team, players that looked half decent a few short months ago now look unfit and uninterested and those that appear fit just run round like headless chickens. We have no midfield or forwards worth their wage and even the defence has collapsed. The squad was and is too small to withstand a full season and as other teams at the top have strengthened to go for the final push we have been inactive and fallen away alarmingly. We really shouldn't be surprised, Wilder probably realised and didn't expect to have his contract renewed so put his fiamily first, I for one can't blame him!
[quote][p][bold]newoxford[/bold] wrote: this ou team went to pot when wilder left. bad mistake to let him go at that stage & then not replace him soon enough........ since wilder has been at northampton they have got 21 points..... oxford have amassed 19 points it speaks for itself..... i still think oxford can make the playoffs, but if wilder was not hounded out we would be comfortably in the playoff places, if not still in the top 3 the manager needs to get these players fired up for the run in & to make them want it enough... at the moment the manager who was hounded out is doing better with a supposedly weaker team, than we can muster...[/p][/quote]Wilder was not hounded out, he signed a one year contract in good faith but as the year wore on realised his commitment to his family was more important than his commitment to his employer, that is perfectly understandable and most of us wage slaves will move on when we can to get more job security and / or a bigger pay packet. He had got the players playing solid football away from home based on rock solid defence and at home we were playing poor football and when we ventured forward at his behest we were picked off and had goals scored against us with regularity. This team has never been a good team and when left in the charge of Lewis and Melville quickly evaporated into individuals that don't even seem to recognise each other let alone train together. Usually when a new manager comes in a team has a bit of a lift but so far Waddock has been unable to inspire the team, players that looked half decent a few short months ago now look unfit and uninterested and those that appear fit just run round like headless chickens. We have no midfield or forwards worth their wage and even the defence has collapsed. The squad was and is too small to withstand a full season and as other teams at the top have strengthened to go for the final push we have been inactive and fallen away alarmingly. We really shouldn't be surprised, Wilder probably realised and didn't expect to have his contract renewed so put his fiamily first, I for one can't blame him! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 3

11:21am Wed 9 Apr 14

bigchet says...

if le god was to bother reading the comments regarding stfc and their appointments of managers and the owner on their website he would see that about 80 per cent of their fans our not very happy either. the phrase about glass houses comes to mind, but as he probably has a photo of di canio under his pillow that he can kiss goodnight he is probably oblivious to the outside world. but ive yet to see an in cooper we trust on their website and doubt we ever will.
if le god was to bother reading the comments regarding stfc and their appointments of managers and the owner on their website he would see that about 80 per cent of their fans our not very happy either. the phrase about glass houses comes to mind, but as he probably has a photo of di canio under his pillow that he can kiss goodnight he is probably oblivious to the outside world. but ive yet to see an in cooper we trust on their website and doubt we ever will. bigchet
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bumble08 says...

Why are we all blaming Waddock, yes it hasn't been great since he took over but look at the form before that. I too am annoyed that he hasn't had the desired effect on the team but all the negativity and saying the board should have done this or that doesn't help things. The players are clearly out of form and yes we should have reinforced in January or even a couple more loan players before the deadline, but we had a squad that got us up there and they should be good enough to have kept us up there!

Hoping that we scrap the playoffs now and get to Wembley, not a team in form and maybe not the right guy at the top but at least lets get behind them till the end of the season and see where we go, nothing we can do now other than that. Come on you Yellows show the true fans that you are up for the task and play for your futures at our great club.
Why are we all blaming Waddock, yes it hasn't been great since he took over but look at the form before that. I too am annoyed that he hasn't had the desired effect on the team but all the negativity and saying the board should have done this or that doesn't help things. The players are clearly out of form and yes we should have reinforced in January or even a couple more loan players before the deadline, but we had a squad that got us up there and they should be good enough to have kept us up there! Hoping that we scrap the playoffs now and get to Wembley, not a team in form and maybe not the right guy at the top but at least lets get behind them till the end of the season and see where we go, nothing we can do now other than that. Come on you Yellows show the true fans that you are up for the task and play for your futures at our great club. Bumble08
  • Score: 0

2:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

mervgould says...

Bumble08 wrote:
Why are we all blaming Waddock, yes it hasn't been great since he took over but look at the form before that. I too am annoyed that he hasn't had the desired effect on the team but all the negativity and saying the board should have done this or that doesn't help things. The players are clearly out of form and yes we should have reinforced in January or even a couple more loan players before the deadline, but we had a squad that got us up there and they should be good enough to have kept us up there!

Hoping that we scrap the playoffs now and get to Wembley, not a team in form and maybe not the right guy at the top but at least lets get behind them till the end of the season and see where we go, nothing we can do now other than that. Come on you Yellows show the true fans that you are up for the task and play for your futures at our great club.
Just seen a pig flying a helicopter, REMEMBER this bloke has been brought in to fail, otherwise out of 70 applicants why pick him.

Arranging a coach to the last few home games at Northampton at least you know a WILDER team will give it a go, first coach almost full in needed will put another on./
[quote][p][bold]Bumble08[/bold] wrote: Why are we all blaming Waddock, yes it hasn't been great since he took over but look at the form before that. I too am annoyed that he hasn't had the desired effect on the team but all the negativity and saying the board should have done this or that doesn't help things. The players are clearly out of form and yes we should have reinforced in January or even a couple more loan players before the deadline, but we had a squad that got us up there and they should be good enough to have kept us up there! Hoping that we scrap the playoffs now and get to Wembley, not a team in form and maybe not the right guy at the top but at least lets get behind them till the end of the season and see where we go, nothing we can do now other than that. Come on you Yellows show the true fans that you are up for the task and play for your futures at our great club.[/p][/quote]Just seen a pig flying a helicopter, REMEMBER this bloke has been brought in to fail, otherwise out of 70 applicants why pick him. Arranging a coach to the last few home games at Northampton at least you know a WILDER team will give it a go, first coach almost full in needed will put another on./ mervgould
  • Score: 0

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