Scunthorpe Utd 1 (Sparrow 15), Oxford Utd 0

Witney Gazette: Ryan Clarke tips the ball over the bar – just one of several fine stops he made against Scunthorpe Ryan Clarke tips the ball over the bar – just one of several fine stops he made against Scunthorpe

A second defeat over the Easter weekend left Oxford United's play-off ambitions hanging by a thread.

Matt Sparrow's 15th-minute strike turned out to be the difference at Glanford Park, as Scunthorpe got the win they needed to move to the brink of automatic promotion.

United battled hard, but lacked the guile to open up a well-drilled defence, apart from a bad miss from Alfie Potter to claim an instant equaliser.

Not for the first time in recent weeks, goalkeeper Ryan Clarke kept his side in the game, making a string of excellent saves.

It enabled the visitors to launch a late rally, but it came to nothing.

With York and Southend both winning, only the most optimistic United supporters will still fancy their chances of finishing in the top seven.

As promised, head coach Gary Waddock refreshed his line-up, making two changes from the 1-0 defeat to York City on Good Friday.

David Connolly replaced James Constable up front, while Potter came in for Ryan Williams on the right flank.

The visitors began on the front foot, forcing a couple of early corners.

But Scunthorpe, who had been knocked off top spot by Rochdale's win in the early kick-off, hit back.

Sam Winnall fired a warning shot in the fifth minute from an acute angle which Clarke could only parry. Dave Syers was first to the follow-up, but fired wide off balance.

Scunthorpe's movement caused problems and they went ahead on 14 minutes, as United's back four was pulled out of position.

Michael Collins got in down the left flank and his low cross towards Winnall attracted two defenders. When the striker allowed the ball to run it found an unmarked Sparrow, whose shot was powerful enough to find the net despite Clarke getting a touch.

United's best chance of the game arrived within seconds.

Dave Kitson's ball forward was left by David Connolly for Potter, who raced through on goal but dragged his shot wide.

It was a rare moment when Scunthorpe looked genuinely rattled before the break.

Considering Scunthorpe's position, both in the table and the game, the home fans were surprisingly impatient.

Paddy Madden had a good chance to calm their nerves on the half hour mark, when Sparrow blocked a clearance from Tom Newey.

It rebounded into the striker's path, but his low shot was smartly turned round the post by Clarke.

United finished the half with a solid spell in Scunthorpe territory, without carving out an opening.

They made a change for the restart, with Constable relaxing Connolly, who had suffered from a knock before the break.

It did little to alter the balance of the game, which remained in Scunthorpe's favour.

Winnall hammered a shot wide before turning provider with a header to set up Dave Syers, who was denied superbly by Clarke.

The goalkeeper made another smart stop midway through the half to tip Niall Canavan's header over the bar as the Iron pushed hard for a second goal.

With 15 minutes left Terry Hawridge became the latest Scunthorpe player to be thwarted by Clarke, who dived to his right to keep out the midfielder's powerful free-kick.

Despite the flow of the game, the lack of a second goal made the majority inside Glanford Park nervous whenever United went forward.

With eight minutes left, substitute Danny Rose swung in a corner for Constable to head into the ground and over.

Michael Raynes was swiftly pushed forward as a makeshift striker in the closing stages, which became increasingly frantic.

United sensed an opportunity as nerves frayed among the hosts and they forced more tense moments in the four minutes of time added on than they had in the previous 90.

Tom Newey had a shot deflected over and after a scramble at a corner where Clarke had pushed forward, Constable headed wide.

It was the final sight of goal and as the final whistle brought delight for the home fans, it signalled the end of United's realistic hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Oxford Utd (4-2-3-1): Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey, Wroe, Ruffels, Potter, Kitson, O'Dowda, Connolly.

Subs used: Constable (Connolly ht), Williams (O'Dowda 59), Rose (Ruffels 71).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Long, Davies, Whing.

Booked: Newey.

Scunthorpe Utd (4-4-2): Slocombe, Nolan, Canavan, Mirfin, Williams, Sparrow, Collins, Syers, Hawkridge, Winnall, Madden.

Unused subs: Severn, Ribeiro, Burton, Waterfall, Adelakun, Esajas, Hayes.

Booked: None.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

Attendance: 5,241 (340 visitors).

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5:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

35 year fan says...

lets be honest, there's no way this team could have coped in league one. our record against the top seven in this division is shocking. lets hope waddock can put together a side more worthy of a higher division. getting the egg-chasers off the playing surface will help. onwards and upwards.
lets be honest, there's no way this team could have coped in league one. our record against the top seven in this division is shocking. lets hope waddock can put together a side more worthy of a higher division. getting the egg-chasers off the playing surface will help. onwards and upwards. 35 year fan
  • Score: 17

5:21pm Mon 21 Apr 14

BigAlBiker says...

I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job.

We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere.

Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.
I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job. We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere. Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -3

5:25pm Mon 21 Apr 14

35 year fan says...

if we ever do get rid of the egg chasers I should have added.

I have a nasty feeling the players will roll over for wilder on the last day of the season. which would be the final insult to the fans.
if we ever do get rid of the egg chasers I should have added. I have a nasty feeling the players will roll over for wilder on the last day of the season. which would be the final insult to the fans. 35 year fan
  • Score: 10

5:25pm Mon 21 Apr 14

oldun says...

So far only 62 points in a vey mediocre Division
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Over 46 matches we got 65 last season , 68 two seasons ago and 63 in 2010-11.

Hard pressed to be our second lowest of a poor set of four - says Mr thumbs down
So far only 62 points in a vey mediocre Division . Over 46 matches we got 65 last season , 68 two seasons ago and 63 in 2010-11. Hard pressed to be our second lowest of a poor set of four - says Mr thumbs down oldun
  • Score: 12

5:27pm Mon 21 Apr 14

oldun says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job.

We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere.

Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.
Pace desperately needed - we are just about the slowest team in this division
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job. We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere. Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.[/p][/quote]Pace desperately needed - we are just about the slowest team in this division oldun
  • Score: 16

5:32pm Mon 21 Apr 14

oldun says...

Proper Football League standard strikers are a priority - the hard working Constable will never get anywhere near to 20 League goals at this level- nor of course will Smalley .
Proper Football League standard strikers are a priority - the hard working Constable will never get anywhere near to 20 League goals at this level- nor of course will Smalley . oldun
  • Score: 10

5:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

dave from witney says...

35 year fan wrote:
lets be honest, there's no way this team could have coped in league one. our record against the top seven in this division is shocking. lets hope waddock can put together a side more worthy of a higher division. getting the egg-chasers off the playing surface will help. onwards and upwards.
Agree with your comments re the quality of the team. In the first half of the season we stayed up there due to Wilder grinding out depresive points and the rest of the league being almost as rubbish as we were. The difference and I'm afraid the chairman has to take full responsibility, was firstly that he took an eternity to appoint a new manager. The second point was that he refused to strengthen in the window, the result was that the better teams, that did sign new players, Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale have pulled away from the rest of the mediocre teams. He may have put a lot of money into the club, but I'm afraid this season has shown him up to be pretty inept at running a football club. As far as the ground goes, his reluctance to try and raise funding to buy the stadium has resulted in London Welsh signing up for a further three years of destroying the pitch. Not a happy time to be a OUFC fan.
[quote][p][bold]35 year fan[/bold] wrote: lets be honest, there's no way this team could have coped in league one. our record against the top seven in this division is shocking. lets hope waddock can put together a side more worthy of a higher division. getting the egg-chasers off the playing surface will help. onwards and upwards.[/p][/quote]Agree with your comments re the quality of the team. In the first half of the season we stayed up there due to Wilder grinding out depresive points and the rest of the league being almost as rubbish as we were. The difference and I'm afraid the chairman has to take full responsibility, was firstly that he took an eternity to appoint a new manager. The second point was that he refused to strengthen in the window, the result was that the better teams, that did sign new players, Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale have pulled away from the rest of the mediocre teams. He may have put a lot of money into the club, but I'm afraid this season has shown him up to be pretty inept at running a football club. As far as the ground goes, his reluctance to try and raise funding to buy the stadium has resulted in London Welsh signing up for a further three years of destroying the pitch. Not a happy time to be a OUFC fan. dave from witney
  • Score: 17

5:36pm Mon 21 Apr 14

OUFC1983 says...

8 points from last 13 games, only 8 scored and 21 conceded. Gutted to see another season peter out to absolutely nothing. So it's over to Waddock to start building his plan for our future. Big summer ahead for everyone involved with the club. COYY.
8 points from last 13 games, only 8 scored and 21 conceded. Gutted to see another season peter out to absolutely nothing. So it's over to Waddock to start building his plan for our future. Big summer ahead for everyone involved with the club. COYY. OUFC1983
  • Score: 9

6:28pm Mon 21 Apr 14

learned says...

oldun wrote:
BigAlBiker wrote:
I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job.

We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere.

Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.
Pace desperately needed - we are just about the slowest team in this division
Agree with most of those to be released apart from Potter who although hasn't been the same since being injured, is worth keeping.
Sharma !! Have you seen him ?? Why on earth did Wilder take him on ?? So lightweight.
And I do fear that the Wilder players will keep him up on the last day of the season.
What an insult that will be !!
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job. We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere. Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.[/p][/quote]Pace desperately needed - we are just about the slowest team in this division[/p][/quote]Agree with most of those to be released apart from Potter who although hasn't been the same since being injured, is worth keeping. Sharma !! Have you seen him ?? Why on earth did Wilder take him on ?? So lightweight. And I do fear that the Wilder players will keep him up on the last day of the season. What an insult that will be !! learned
  • Score: 4

6:45pm Mon 21 Apr 14

South Upper 87 says...

In the long term Waddock may well be a good appointment providing he gets his own No 2 in. I must say I have been a bit shocked that he has not been able to give a boost to the poor team that he inherited, apart from Plymouth last Saturday we have never looked confident. Today One shot on target and we put pressure on right at the end. Our tallest 'striker' Kitson, goes to defence and Raynes & Clarke go up for corners. One of them was taken short, I dispair really. Real disappointment for the 340 who travelled up to Scunthorpe today,
In the long term Waddock may well be a good appointment providing he gets his own No 2 in. I must say I have been a bit shocked that he has not been able to give a boost to the poor team that he inherited, apart from Plymouth last Saturday we have never looked confident. Today One shot on target and we put pressure on right at the end. Our tallest 'striker' Kitson, goes to defence and Raynes & Clarke go up for corners. One of them was taken short, I dispair really. Real disappointment for the 340 who travelled up to Scunthorpe today, South Upper 87
  • Score: 11

7:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Beau champ mummy says...

I was one of the 340 and can tell u that plenty of effort but no quality at all how the hell constable plays is beyond me get rid of all but Clarke
I was one of the 340 and can tell u that plenty of effort but no quality at all how the hell constable plays is beyond me get rid of all but Clarke Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -1

7:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

dave from witney says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
I was one of the 340 and can tell u that plenty of effort but no quality at all how the hell constable plays is beyond me get rid of all but Clarke
Clever bloke at Scunthorpe and the tin hut in Swindon at the same time ...Idiot, clear off to your own site.
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: I was one of the 340 and can tell u that plenty of effort but no quality at all how the hell constable plays is beyond me get rid of all but Clarke[/p][/quote]Clever bloke at Scunthorpe and the tin hut in Swindon at the same time ...Idiot, clear off to your own site. dave from witney
  • Score: 5

9:40pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

Dreadful end to a season that started reasonably and boded so well while Wilder was boring us with defensive wins away from home but couldn't get the wins at home by playing the same brand of football. I agreed with the Chairman offering him a one year contract but thought he should have acted much quicker once Wilder jumped ship. I agree with other posters that his players, Wilders, will probably capitulate in the final game and grant him the 3 points that will keep him in league football. I don't think Waddock is the man for the job though I think he has to have his own back room staff to at least be able to judge him fairly. The egg chasers aren't the problem here, a Chairman who acts purely in the interest of the pound in his pocket is the problem. He can't afford to do the job properly so he needs to get out, he bleats on about fans backing the club with their money, well Ian we have and do, most of us have for a good long time, often spending money that our wives wouldn't have liked had they known just how much we have spent over the years
Dreadful end to a season that started reasonably and boded so well while Wilder was boring us with defensive wins away from home but couldn't get the wins at home by playing the same brand of football. I agreed with the Chairman offering him a one year contract but thought he should have acted much quicker once Wilder jumped ship. I agree with other posters that his players, Wilders, will probably capitulate in the final game and grant him the 3 points that will keep him in league football. I don't think Waddock is the man for the job though I think he has to have his own back room staff to at least be able to judge him fairly. The egg chasers aren't the problem here, a Chairman who acts purely in the interest of the pound in his pocket is the problem. He can't afford to do the job properly so he needs to get out, he bleats on about fans backing the club with their money, well Ian we have and do, most of us have for a good long time, often spending money that our wives wouldn't have liked had they known just how much we have spent over the years Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

9:57pm Mon 21 Apr 14

MaccaRoy says...

Scunthorpe fan here just to give me opinion of the game, in all honesty you're the second worst team I've seen at GP this season (bar Portsmouth who we battered 5-1) cannot remember Slocombe having a save to make, whoever that number 17 was that came on for you looked a decent player and probably should of started, didn't understand why Kitson was so deep, made our two centre halves job a lot easier, any opinions on us oxford fans? Good luck in the league next season!
Scunthorpe fan here just to give me opinion of the game, in all honesty you're the second worst team I've seen at GP this season (bar Portsmouth who we battered 5-1) cannot remember Slocombe having a save to make, whoever that number 17 was that came on for you looked a decent player and probably should of started, didn't understand why Kitson was so deep, made our two centre halves job a lot easier, any opinions on us oxford fans? Good luck in the league next season! MaccaRoy
  • Score: 11

7:15am Tue 22 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

3 seasons running where we have blown a play off spot that was ours for the taking. Wilder's players have proven Wilder is no talent spotter. Lenagans appalling indecision in selecting a new manager whilst leaving Lewis in charge has proved to be disastrous for the club. I'm genuinely questioning the wisdom of appointing Waddock given his dreadful record already. As much as I think a new manager needs to put his own stamp on things I'm not sure Waddock is capable of any revolution here. The club doesn't deserve the support it gets. Maybe next season we should start of badly then finish strongly with players that want to play for the club? Another year in league two with an unambitious Chairman a mediocre manager and below average players. Can't wait!

I also think Lenagan would sell in a flash and I agree with other posters that the Chairman has not done a great job so far of running the club. One day we'll get it right but I think it's a long way off.

PS Beachump monkey is a Swindon Troll stop giving the bipedal amoeba publicity.
3 seasons running where we have blown a play off spot that was ours for the taking. Wilder's players have proven Wilder is no talent spotter. Lenagans appalling indecision in selecting a new manager whilst leaving Lewis in charge has proved to be disastrous for the club. I'm genuinely questioning the wisdom of appointing Waddock given his dreadful record already. As much as I think a new manager needs to put his own stamp on things I'm not sure Waddock is capable of any revolution here. The club doesn't deserve the support it gets. Maybe next season we should start of badly then finish strongly with players that want to play for the club? Another year in league two with an unambitious Chairman a mediocre manager and below average players. Can't wait! I also think Lenagan would sell in a flash and I agree with other posters that the Chairman has not done a great job so far of running the club. One day we'll get it right but I think it's a long way off. PS Beachump monkey is a Swindon Troll stop giving the bipedal amoeba publicity. Oxokuba
  • Score: 1

7:59am Tue 22 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job.

We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere.

Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.
''it keeps me regular'' An unexpected benefit, which, given the cr@p we have seen this season it somehow seems appropriate.

You're a failing Chairman's dream, already pledging to buy another seasons ticket to hell, GL.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I know GW has inherited a team but he does not inspire confidence at all, his record is worse than David Moyes and he seems likely to lose his job. We need a complete overhall of the playing staff and for the rest of the season try the youngsters, we're not going to get the miracle we need to get back into the playoffs so give Marsh, Sharma and a couple of the others a game, as for Hunt, Newey, Rigg, Potter, Rose, Smalley, Kitson they can go, don't bother renewing the loan players, and get some pace from somewhere. Season ticket renewal, yes as always I will spend my cash next week and renew it, well what else is there to do when we play at home and it keeps me regular.[/p][/quote]''it keeps me regular'' An unexpected benefit, which, given the cr@p we have seen this season it somehow seems appropriate. You're a failing Chairman's dream, already pledging to buy another seasons ticket to hell, GL. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 2

9:30am Tue 22 Apr 14

LeGod says...

Great appointment getting Waddock.

I said at the start of the season as you always do you start off well and die a slow death and drift out of the play off places and you have done it again.

Your side is so predictable how your season is going to pan out.

You have appointed the wrong manager who will be sacked before xmas.

Happy days for us down the road knowing you have failed again after all your early season hype about you being the favourites and how you were going up this season.

As I always tell you
FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW.
By the way we will be even better next season and I predict next season for you will be a really poor start under Waddock and he will be gone in November.
HAPPY DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You keep believing though and we can keep laughing at you!!!!!!!!!!

STFC
Great appointment getting Waddock. I said at the start of the season as you always do you start off well and die a slow death and drift out of the play off places and you have done it again. Your side is so predictable how your season is going to pan out. You have appointed the wrong manager who will be sacked before xmas. Happy days for us down the road knowing you have failed again after all your early season hype about you being the favourites and how you were going up this season. As I always tell you FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW. By the way we will be even better next season and I predict next season for you will be a really poor start under Waddock and he will be gone in November. HAPPY DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! You keep believing though and we can keep laughing at you!!!!!!!!!! STFC LeGod
  • Score: -17

9:31am Tue 22 Apr 14

Sid Snakey says...

...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman.

Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave.

Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of.

Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked.

What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.
...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets. Sid Snakey
  • Score: -7

9:42am Tue 22 Apr 14

oldun says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman.

Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave.

Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of.

Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked.

What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.
How could we muppets have anticipated what Mr L was going to do when Chris left? Just before Chris left I gave us about a 1 in 4 chance of going up at the end of the season - yes, it is much less of a chance now. Mr L said that there were many possibilities (80?) for the job. Chris had had plenty of time (too long in my opinion) - gates were falling - the football was largely uninspiring even by 4th tier standards. Best of luck to Chris at Northampton . Why use the word muppet ?
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: ...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.[/p][/quote]How could we muppets have anticipated what Mr L was going to do when Chris left? Just before Chris left I gave us about a 1 in 4 chance of going up at the end of the season - yes, it is much less of a chance now. Mr L said that there were many possibilities (80?) for the job. Chris had had plenty of time (too long in my opinion) - gates were falling - the football was largely uninspiring even by 4th tier standards. Best of luck to Chris at Northampton . Why use the word muppet ? oldun
  • Score: 5

9:55am Tue 22 Apr 14

Manor Born says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman.

Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave.

Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of.

Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked.

What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.
You really think Wilder would have fared any better at the end of the season? Let''s look at the last two full seasons under your hero. Were strong positions with the play-offs seemingly in the bag thrown away? Yes. Were the cracks beginning to show before he left? Yes.

Fact is our position earlier in the season was as much down to the inconsistencies of our rivals as it was down to us. Unfortunately for us, whilst our rivals went out and strengthened and found a bit more consistency - enough to get them over the finishing line, we stagnated, and you can't deny the delay in appointing a successor had an impact. By the time GW arrived, the damage had been done and the rot set in.

Now lets look at the squad GW inherited from CW. It was designed to do one thing, and one thing only, produce bland, uninspiring, negative football. As long as we didn't concede, we hoped that someone would be able to get one goal and that would do. Problem is with such little creativity, and no instinct in front of goal, we were always going to be found wanting. Look at the teams who will get promotion this year. They have all played with attacking intent and set out to boss games from the front. We haven't done this at all this season. You can't blame GW. He's inherited a squad where negative tactics have been coached into since their arrival at the club.

The squad is going to need a massive overhaul in the summer if GW is to be able to play the style he wants. We cannot and should not judge him on this set of results with the squad he inherited. Only when has been able to build his own squad can we truly judge him. Will he bring success? Who knows. Let's hope he does.

Finally do you really think Lenagan listened to the fans? If he had done, CW would have been gone at the end of last season and not in January. Lenagan has always been someone who will do what he wants, how he wants, when he wants. His biggest mistake was as several have said, his delay in appointing a new manager. Was this because the calibre of applicants weren't up to scratch? Or did he really believe ML could be the man to take the club forward?
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: ...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.[/p][/quote]You really think Wilder would have fared any better at the end of the season? Let''s look at the last two full seasons under your hero. Were strong positions with the play-offs seemingly in the bag thrown away? Yes. Were the cracks beginning to show before he left? Yes. Fact is our position earlier in the season was as much down to the inconsistencies of our rivals as it was down to us. Unfortunately for us, whilst our rivals went out and strengthened and found a bit more consistency - enough to get them over the finishing line, we stagnated, and you can't deny the delay in appointing a successor had an impact. By the time GW arrived, the damage had been done and the rot set in. Now lets look at the squad GW inherited from CW. It was designed to do one thing, and one thing only, produce bland, uninspiring, negative football. As long as we didn't concede, we hoped that someone would be able to get one goal and that would do. Problem is with such little creativity, and no instinct in front of goal, we were always going to be found wanting. Look at the teams who will get promotion this year. They have all played with attacking intent and set out to boss games from the front. We haven't done this at all this season. You can't blame GW. He's inherited a squad where negative tactics have been coached into since their arrival at the club. The squad is going to need a massive overhaul in the summer if GW is to be able to play the style he wants. We cannot and should not judge him on this set of results with the squad he inherited. Only when has been able to build his own squad can we truly judge him. Will he bring success? Who knows. Let's hope he does. Finally do you really think Lenagan listened to the fans? If he had done, CW would have been gone at the end of last season and not in January. Lenagan has always been someone who will do what he wants, how he wants, when he wants. His biggest mistake was as several have said, his delay in appointing a new manager. Was this because the calibre of applicants weren't up to scratch? Or did he really believe ML could be the man to take the club forward? Manor Born
  • Score: 9

11:02am Tue 22 Apr 14

william12 says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.
The muppet left for Northampton.Unfortun
ately he left the rest of the cast here.
Complete clear out needed.Maybe many will rejoin wilder in the conferance next season that is the standard most of our players are at .
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: ...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.[/p][/quote]The muppet left for Northampton.Unfortun ately he left the rest of the cast here. Complete clear out needed.Maybe many will rejoin wilder in the conferance next season that is the standard most of our players are at . william12
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman.

Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave.

Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of.

Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked.

What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.
Hilarious post. There's a club down the road that would benefit from your wisdom.
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: ...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.[/p][/quote]Hilarious post. There's a club down the road that would benefit from your wisdom. Oxokuba
  • Score: 5

2:44pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman.

Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave.

Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of.

Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked.

What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.
'muppets' is a term used as frequently by a poster on another forum, one and the same maybe, slappy.
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: ...so it sounds as though everyone is to blame - the players, the manager, the Chairman. Spare a thought though, for the Muppets, who as Jerome Sale said on RadOx yesterday, "would have had a hissy fit" if Lenegan had given Wilder another year, and therefore he felt he had no option but to let Wilder leave. Well Muppets, you promised us so many things if only that Donkey Wilder could be gotten rid of. Well here we are, with absolutely nothing to show for the season, except for a new manager who you will soon be calling to be sacked. What's that? You're surprised the Chairman didn't appoint a new manager straight away, and you don't like the replacement? Shame you didn't think about that beforehand. You really are a bunch of Muppets.[/p][/quote]'muppets' is a term used as frequently by a poster on another forum, one and the same maybe, slappy. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 0

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