It's a bad day at the office for Oxford United

James Constable is sent off by referee Jeremy Simpson, much to the amazement of Oxford United boss Chris Wilder, who makes his point to the official

James Constable is sent off by referee Jeremy Simpson, much to the amazement of Oxford United boss Chris Wilder, who makes his point to the official

First published in Sport Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

CHRIS Wilder described Oxford United as “naive” in losing to Exeter City, as they repeated the same mistakes which cost them in the previous league game.

The U’s crashed to a 4-2 defeat at home despite dominating for long spells.

And to compound their misery, striker James Constable was sent off late on after picking up two bookings in the space of as many minutes.

The defeat was a similar pattern to the 3-1 loss at York a week earlier, when the U’s were culpable for all of the goals they conceded and failed to make the most of their own chances.

Wilder was left to reflect on a setback which he felt again was more down to his side’s mistakes than moments of brilliance from the opposition.

The United boss said: “It’s incredible – that’s two Saturdays on the bounce and we can’t make it three.

“I think they had about five chances all day and scored four, which isn’t a bad ratio.

“It was exactly the same last week. In the last two games I think we beat ourselves. “We’ve let poor goals in, we’ve been a little naive and we have to get the mix right between being pleasing on the eye and being effective.

“I want to play through teams and keep the ball, but the first goal is very important and you have to be switched on defensively.”

He added: “Look at the goals – (Michael) Raynes got turned, Jake (Wright)’s got rolled, Damian (Batt) got done on a header in the box and they broke away off the back of a poor decision by Chappy (Adam Chapman).

“It’s not that we’ve been cut open.”

Wilder was pleased with the spirit his side showed to come back from three goals down to make it 3-2.

Even his opposite number Paul Tisdale admitted to feeling worried, but the game swung on a miss from Deane Smalley.

Exeter quickly scored a fourth goal and United’s challenge was halted by Constable’s red card eight minutes from time.

Wilder felt aggrieved about the first of the two bookings, which came within the space of two minutes, and went into the referees’ room after the game to complain.

He said: “When somebody whacks you from the front and somebody whacks you from behind and then you make contact with them, there’s three people involved, not just one. “If he went and just hit him off the ball then you’d understand it. “Constable made a bit of contact, but I think you have every right to when he’s getting bashed. “The second one they tell me he tripped him off the ball, so I suppose that’s a daft thing to do when you’re on a yellow card.”

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10:24am Mon 10 Sep 12

adlibber says...

Groan - CW if mistakes are being repeated and results in consecutive league defeats it's down to you and the less bright players to sort it out. I feel like I'm trapped in a cinema watching a bad movie on a loop. Nothing has changed from last season at all and if we continue with the stupid mistakes we'll get the mid table spot we deserve.
I think Lenagan needs to consider putting CW on notice that things need to change from here on in. If we're still leaking goals and slipping down the league it may be time for a change at the top.

Our football is easy enough to read by opposition managers and to concede 7 goals in two league games is a nonsense considering the first 3 matches.

4 years one promotion and two missed opportunities to advance up the leagues is not a good look on a CV.

Fans will fade away if this monotony continues.
Groan - CW if mistakes are being repeated and results in consecutive league defeats it's down to you and the less bright players to sort it out. I feel like I'm trapped in a cinema watching a bad movie on a loop. Nothing has changed from last season at all and if we continue with the stupid mistakes we'll get the mid table spot we deserve. I think Lenagan needs to consider putting CW on notice that things need to change from here on in. If we're still leaking goals and slipping down the league it may be time for a change at the top. Our football is easy enough to read by opposition managers and to concede 7 goals in two league games is a nonsense considering the first 3 matches. 4 years one promotion and two missed opportunities to advance up the leagues is not a good look on a CV. Fans will fade away if this monotony continues. adlibber
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10:31am Mon 10 Sep 12

dave from witney says...

Always the team to blame...never the manager !. Wilder said " “I think they had about five chances all day and scored four, which isn’t a bad ratio. ". How come Exeter can sign the right players and Wilder fails to. Heslop this year is a liability, everybody was amazed that we failed to sign a decent midfielder and a goal scoring striker in the close season.
I reckon the club has lost it's way, turning down £200k plus for Constable was totally crazy. He can't score, gets caught offside constantly, niggles all the time and does not have the sense to see that he by his very nature is a marked man. Well thats my opinion anyway. The match showed why the Exeter manager was the fan's favourite to take over from Wilder, should he in our dreams left for the Coventry job.
Always the team to blame...never the manager !. Wilder said " “I think they had about five chances all day and scored four, which isn’t a bad ratio. ". How come Exeter can sign the right players and Wilder fails to. Heslop this year is a liability, everybody was amazed that we failed to sign a decent midfielder and a goal scoring striker in the close season. I reckon the club has lost it's way, turning down £200k plus for Constable was totally crazy. He can't score, gets caught offside constantly, niggles all the time and does not have the sense to see that he by his very nature is a marked man. Well thats my opinion anyway. The match showed why the Exeter manager was the fan's favourite to take over from Wilder, should he in our dreams left for the Coventry job. dave from witney
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12:14pm Mon 10 Sep 12

AylesburyOx says...

dave from witney wrote:
Always the team to blame...never the manager !. Wilder said " “I think they had about five chances all day and scored four, which isn’t a bad ratio. ". How come Exeter can sign the right players and Wilder fails to. Heslop this year is a liability, everybody was amazed that we failed to sign a decent midfielder and a goal scoring striker in the close season. I reckon the club has lost it's way, turning down £200k plus for Constable was totally crazy. He can't score, gets caught offside constantly, niggles all the time and does not have the sense to see that he by his very nature is a marked man. Well thats my opinion anyway. The match showed why the Exeter manager was the fan's favourite to take over from Wilder, should he in our dreams left for the Coventry job.
Exactly the reason I've been banging on about why we should have gotten Tisdale in 4 years ago!
Constable wanted to get sent off - fact. Leave our supposed £200k star striker on the bench? Please! Play the man or sell him, it's that simple. At the rate he's going we'd be lucky to get 20 pence for him come the end of the season.

If it's the same problem as last week then doesn't that say something about Wilder and the coaches being at fault - Wilder accept the blame, correct it and move on. If not then he should be moved on as this is just turning into a repeat of last seasons excuses.

My one positive is this is a glowing example from Tisdale to Lenegen on how he can do the job
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: Always the team to blame...never the manager !. Wilder said " “I think they had about five chances all day and scored four, which isn’t a bad ratio. ". How come Exeter can sign the right players and Wilder fails to. Heslop this year is a liability, everybody was amazed that we failed to sign a decent midfielder and a goal scoring striker in the close season. I reckon the club has lost it's way, turning down £200k plus for Constable was totally crazy. He can't score, gets caught offside constantly, niggles all the time and does not have the sense to see that he by his very nature is a marked man. Well thats my opinion anyway. The match showed why the Exeter manager was the fan's favourite to take over from Wilder, should he in our dreams left for the Coventry job.[/p][/quote]Exactly the reason I've been banging on about why we should have gotten Tisdale in 4 years ago! Constable wanted to get sent off - fact. Leave our supposed £200k star striker on the bench? Please! Play the man or sell him, it's that simple. At the rate he's going we'd be lucky to get 20 pence for him come the end of the season. If it's the same problem as last week then doesn't that say something about Wilder and the coaches being at fault - Wilder accept the blame, correct it and move on. If not then he should be moved on as this is just turning into a repeat of last seasons excuses. My one positive is this is a glowing example from Tisdale to Lenegen on how he can do the job AylesburyOx
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3:45pm Mon 10 Sep 12

adlibber says...

Decent comments AO and DFW I imagine there's more fans beginning to see the limitations of Wilder. Just can't face another season of on off performances and low expectations so early into a new season. Sadly under Wilder my pessimism seems justified.
Decent comments AO and DFW I imagine there's more fans beginning to see the limitations of Wilder. Just can't face another season of on off performances and low expectations so early into a new season. Sadly under Wilder my pessimism seems justified. adlibber
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