Weekend to forget as Oxford United hit new low + match highlights video

Herald Series: From left: Josh Ruffels, Ryan Clarke, Jake Wright and Tom Newey can’t believe it as Chesterfield take an early lead on Saturday. It was to prove the beginning of an afternoon to forget for Oxford United From left: Josh Ruffels, Ryan Clarke, Jake Wright and Tom Newey can’t believe it as Chesterfield take an early lead on Saturday. It was to prove the beginning of an afternoon to forget for Oxford United

MICKEY Lewis insisted his focus was only on getting Oxford United back on track amid increasing agitation about the club’s search for a new manager.

Calls for action grew louder on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield, which saw Tom Newey and Michael Raynes sent off late on.

The U’s ended the game with eight men, as Johnny Mullins was stretchered off with a foot injury after all the substitutes had been used.

It left United winless in six games as their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs increasingly comes under threat.

The away fans on Saturday chanted for chairman Ian Lenagan to make a decision, seven weeks after Chris Wilder left the club.

United’s chairman was watching the game, but declined requests to comment on the situation.

Lewis, whose record as caretaker manager is two wins from 11 games, was only able to reiterate that his aims were on what happens on the pitch.

“I can’t keep stressing it enough, it’s not about me,” he said.

“People can have their opinions. I’m happy doing it, I want us to win the next game and that’s all that matters.”

United’s odds of taking something from the game lengthened significantly following a terrible start.

David Hunt and Deane Smalley gifted the league leaders a 2-0 lead, and Lewis was concerned by individual errors.

He said: “It’s got nothing to do with formation, or shape, or personnel, we just gave two awful goals away and it puts yourself on the back foot.

“If you’re playing top of the league and you’re 2-0 down after 15 minutes it’s always going to be difficult.”

Raynes was dismissed for two clumsy challenges, but Newey received a straight red card for a reckless tackle.

Lewis was disappointed and now faces a defensive headache for Friday’s home game against Hartlepool United, which Mullins is also likely to miss.

Lewis said: “It’s a poor challenge by Tommy and as an experienced player it shouldn’t happen.

“It’s frustration and people lacking in confidence.”

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9:51am Mon 17 Mar 14

northampton yellow says...

Lewis step aside the job is totally out of your depth your managerial skills is shocking just about as good as lenagens skills as a chairman lenagen needs the supporters to pay threw the turnstiles and i think he's forgetting that point he was at the game Saturday and he is probably smiling at the result so we stay in league 2 so hasn't got to up the players wages for league 1 he still saying no comment so that tells us supporters where we are at in league 2 and going nowhere the death of once a great football club. OUFC
Lewis step aside the job is totally out of your depth your managerial skills is shocking just about as good as lenagens skills as a chairman lenagen needs the supporters to pay threw the turnstiles and i think he's forgetting that point he was at the game Saturday and he is probably smiling at the result so we stay in league 2 so hasn't got to up the players wages for league 1 he still saying no comment so that tells us supporters where we are at in league 2 and going nowhere the death of once a great football club. OUFC northampton yellow
  • Score: -5

10:25am Mon 17 Mar 14

adlibber says...

If Lewis wants to halt this appalling dip in form all he needs to do is walk away - it's a combination of his dreadful management, players appalling attitude&Lenagans indecision that's pushing into our third successive season of failure. Lewis is like a non mechanically minded man taking a car engine to pieces, tinkering with the parts&wondering why all the bits no longer fit when he tries to put the engine back in.

Lenagan baffles me - does he want sub 4000 gates permanent league two mid table mediocrity?
If Lewis wants to halt this appalling dip in form all he needs to do is walk away - it's a combination of his dreadful management, players appalling attitude&Lenagans indecision that's pushing into our third successive season of failure. Lewis is like a non mechanically minded man taking a car engine to pieces, tinkering with the parts&wondering why all the bits no longer fit when he tries to put the engine back in. Lenagan baffles me - does he want sub 4000 gates permanent league two mid table mediocrity? adlibber
  • Score: 1

10:38am Mon 17 Mar 14

The London Yellows says...

What's most annoying is players coming on here bemoaning they made mistakes, we all make mistakes at times but not week in week out. Normally when we make mistakes we put them right, for some reason our players can't do this. Talk is very easy, just put it right.

We're going down the same old road, we get ourselves in a great position in the league and somehow throw it away. Happens almost every season. Why is this? Is it because as some think, the club doesn't actually want promotion or do we have players who don't understand the meaning of ambition - surely if you're player you'd want to play your best, go up the leagues or even attract other teams to have interest in you. It's not like working in a car factory!

The whole thing is a shambles at the moment, we need a new manager to motivate the team, weve needed a prolific striker for about three seasons ( or is it just me!) someone who can get into double figures at least. The ground is an embrassment with a garden fence at one end - who in they're right mind ever thought that this is a ground fit for the 21st century, it's like a giant ugly shed - it's awful and a joke!

The best thing about OUFC is the fans, we've got brilliant fans. Has it not occurred to the management that the more successful a team is the more fans you get, the more money you make!! By the way I think the players / management should refund the 'brilliant' fans who wasted they're money travelling to Chesterfield, it's the least they can do.

Sorry rant over.
What's most annoying is players coming on here bemoaning they made mistakes, we all make mistakes at times but not week in week out. Normally when we make mistakes we put them right, for some reason our players can't do this. Talk is very easy, just put it right. We're going down the same old road, we get ourselves in a great position in the league and somehow throw it away. Happens almost every season. Why is this? Is it because as some think, the club doesn't actually want promotion or do we have players who don't understand the meaning of ambition - surely if you're player you'd want to play your best, go up the leagues or even attract other teams to have interest in you. It's not like working in a car factory! The whole thing is a shambles at the moment, we need a new manager to motivate the team, weve needed a prolific striker for about three seasons ( or is it just me!) someone who can get into double figures at least. The ground is an embrassment with a garden fence at one end - who in they're right mind ever thought that this is a ground fit for the 21st century, it's like a giant ugly shed - it's awful and a joke! The best thing about OUFC is the fans, we've got brilliant fans. Has it not occurred to the management that the more successful a team is the more fans you get, the more money you make!! By the way I think the players / management should refund the 'brilliant' fans who wasted they're money travelling to Chesterfield, it's the least they can do. Sorry rant over. The London Yellows
  • Score: 7

10:55am Mon 17 Mar 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Untill we get this fool lenagan out of our club we won't go anywhere
Untill we get this fool lenagan out of our club we won't go anywhere Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -14

11:11am Mon 17 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

I find comments like this a bit concerning from a manager: “It’s got nothing to do with formation, or shape, or personnel".

Surely these things do make some sort of difference, don't you think ML?
I find comments like this a bit concerning from a manager: “It’s got nothing to do with formation, or shape, or personnel". Surely these things do make some sort of difference, don't you think ML? BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Mon 17 Mar 14

dave from witney says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Untill we get this fool lenagan out of our club we won't go anywhere
Swindon scum on our site again
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Untill we get this fool lenagan out of our club we won't go anywhere[/p][/quote]Swindon scum on our site again dave from witney
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

adlibber says...

dave from witney wrote:
Beau champ mummy wrote:
Untill we get this fool lenagan out of our club we won't go anywhere
Swindon scum on our site again
beachump monkey clearly hurting at the laughable state of his own club - the DiCanio miracle seems so far away these days ;-) Not the most literate chap either then again he is from Swindon a statistically proven academic backwater...
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Untill we get this fool lenagan out of our club we won't go anywhere[/p][/quote]Swindon scum on our site again[/p][/quote]beachump monkey clearly hurting at the laughable state of his own club - the DiCanio miracle seems so far away these days ;-) Not the most literate chap either then again he is from Swindon a statistically proven academic backwater... adlibber
  • Score: 1

4:00pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Southstandupper says...

OK ML has had 11 odd games to stamp his authority on the team and has failed. He is as we all know OU through and through but he is not as we can all see a good Manager. As an Assistant he is good, a likeable friendly bloke but I doubt he has the ability to be tough on players when needed. NOW is the time for IL to decide which way he wants OUFC to go, for my money he needs to bring a new guy in who can have 9 games to assess the players who are clearly lacking in any discipline or ideas at this time, decide who he wants to keep (if it were me all would be listed) and plan for next season by lining up fresh players who want to develop and play for OUFC. If we delay any longer then it is not fair for any new manager who will only have pre season to assess the players (would he hold contract talks with some of the current players???? or ship them out) and unfair to ML who needs to know his position. Unlike Big AL (who stated for a second season that he would not buy another season ticket I suspect he will) I will still buy a season ticket next year (even watching OUFC is better than shopping with the wife) I am a lifelong supporter and will continue to be no matter what. Haven't seen oldun for a while has he jumped off Carfax Tower?
OK ML has had 11 odd games to stamp his authority on the team and has failed. He is as we all know OU through and through but he is not as we can all see a good Manager. As an Assistant he is good, a likeable friendly bloke but I doubt he has the ability to be tough on players when needed. NOW is the time for IL to decide which way he wants OUFC to go, for my money he needs to bring a new guy in who can have 9 games to assess the players who are clearly lacking in any discipline or ideas at this time, decide who he wants to keep (if it were me all would be listed) and plan for next season by lining up fresh players who want to develop and play for OUFC. If we delay any longer then it is not fair for any new manager who will only have pre season to assess the players (would he hold contract talks with some of the current players???? or ship them out) and unfair to ML who needs to know his position. Unlike Big AL (who stated for a second season that he would not buy another season ticket I suspect he will) I will still buy a season ticket next year (even watching OUFC is better than shopping with the wife) I am a lifelong supporter and will continue to be no matter what. Haven't seen oldun for a while has he jumped off Carfax Tower? Southstandupper
  • Score: 2

6:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

Southstandupper wrote:
OK ML has had 11 odd games to stamp his authority on the team and has failed. He is as we all know OU through and through but he is not as we can all see a good Manager. As an Assistant he is good, a likeable friendly bloke but I doubt he has the ability to be tough on players when needed. NOW is the time for IL to decide which way he wants OUFC to go, for my money he needs to bring a new guy in who can have 9 games to assess the players who are clearly lacking in any discipline or ideas at this time, decide who he wants to keep (if it were me all would be listed) and plan for next season by lining up fresh players who want to develop and play for OUFC. If we delay any longer then it is not fair for any new manager who will only have pre season to assess the players (would he hold contract talks with some of the current players???? or ship them out) and unfair to ML who needs to know his position. Unlike Big AL (who stated for a second season that he would not buy another season ticket I suspect he will) I will still buy a season ticket next year (even watching OUFC is better than shopping with the wife) I am a lifelong supporter and will continue to be no matter what. Haven't seen oldun for a while has he jumped off Carfax Tower?
We must share the same brain and the same eyes as we think so similarly, Mickeys a smashing fella, OU to his core but not, categorically not, a manager and has to hold his hands up and make it plain to IL that he's got to get someone in and quickly, like you I wouldn't keep many if any of the players who gave such a limp and lame performance on Saturday. When we had Bevans and Long in the team we looked more composed at the back than we do with the supposed 1st choice players. By the way I was up Carfax Tower earlier and no sign of Oldun, I think he's looking for something higher so he doesn't survive to witness more of this season slip away. Think I might follow him!
[quote][p][bold]Southstandupper[/bold] wrote: OK ML has had 11 odd games to stamp his authority on the team and has failed. He is as we all know OU through and through but he is not as we can all see a good Manager. As an Assistant he is good, a likeable friendly bloke but I doubt he has the ability to be tough on players when needed. NOW is the time for IL to decide which way he wants OUFC to go, for my money he needs to bring a new guy in who can have 9 games to assess the players who are clearly lacking in any discipline or ideas at this time, decide who he wants to keep (if it were me all would be listed) and plan for next season by lining up fresh players who want to develop and play for OUFC. If we delay any longer then it is not fair for any new manager who will only have pre season to assess the players (would he hold contract talks with some of the current players???? or ship them out) and unfair to ML who needs to know his position. Unlike Big AL (who stated for a second season that he would not buy another season ticket I suspect he will) I will still buy a season ticket next year (even watching OUFC is better than shopping with the wife) I am a lifelong supporter and will continue to be no matter what. Haven't seen oldun for a while has he jumped off Carfax Tower?[/p][/quote]We must share the same brain and the same eyes as we think so similarly, Mickeys a smashing fella, OU to his core but not, categorically not, a manager and has to hold his hands up and make it plain to IL that he's got to get someone in and quickly, like you I wouldn't keep many if any of the players who gave such a limp and lame performance on Saturday. When we had Bevans and Long in the team we looked more composed at the back than we do with the supposed 1st choice players. By the way I was up Carfax Tower earlier and no sign of Oldun, I think he's looking for something higher so he doesn't survive to witness more of this season slip away. Think I might follow him! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Mon 17 Mar 14

adlibber says...

I don't think it's a bad idea to offer a currently out of work manager who has experience up to Championship level a short term deal till the end of the season with a bonus for promotion? Manager can then add this to his CV if he wants to find another club in a higher league. Lenagan saves money on longer term contract. If club fails to win promotion (likely now sadly) at least we had a go with a new man at the helm. Leaving Lewis in charge will result in us being in League Two anyway next year so why not take a punt? Anything is better than sitting back and watching us implode once again.
I don't think it's a bad idea to offer a currently out of work manager who has experience up to Championship level a short term deal till the end of the season with a bonus for promotion? Manager can then add this to his CV if he wants to find another club in a higher league. Lenagan saves money on longer term contract. If club fails to win promotion (likely now sadly) at least we had a go with a new man at the helm. Leaving Lewis in charge will result in us being in League Two anyway next year so why not take a punt? Anything is better than sitting back and watching us implode once again. adlibber
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Mon 17 Mar 14

bigchet says...

good comment from adlibber . i like ml but the latest results have been pretty awlful and the goals we have been conceding have been down to schoolboy defending and we must improve 100% if we want to progress so maybe a fresh face at the helm will provide the necessary impetus.
good comment from adlibber . i like ml but the latest results have been pretty awlful and the goals we have been conceding have been down to schoolboy defending and we must improve 100% if we want to progress so maybe a fresh face at the helm will provide the necessary impetus. bigchet
  • Score: 0

9:59am Tue 18 Mar 14

steve mcavoy says...

Definitely do not want a wholesale change in playing staff - we did this last close season when we were able to shift the gifted but never fit Peter Leven.
The young players have done well, but it was noticable how much Hunt was helping Bevans through games - it is the combination of younger players with more experienced that will support young players coming through effectively.
I've no idea whether ML is Oxford through and through, what is obvious is that IL has made a major error imagining that ML can cut is as an interim manager. Leadership from the top is desperately needed.
Definitely do not want a wholesale change in playing staff - we did this last close season when we were able to shift the gifted but never fit Peter Leven. The young players have done well, but it was noticable how much Hunt was helping Bevans through games - it is the combination of younger players with more experienced that will support young players coming through effectively. I've no idea whether ML is Oxford through and through, what is obvious is that IL has made a major error imagining that ML can cut is as an interim manager. Leadership from the top is desperately needed. steve mcavoy
  • Score: 0

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