Oxford Utd 1 (Williams 52) Burton Albion 2 (Knowles 10, Ismail 26) + match highlights video

Oxford Utd 1 (Williams 52) Burton Albion 2 (Knowles 10, Ismail 26)

Oxford Utd 1 (Williams 52) Burton Albion 2 (Knowles 10, Ismail 26)

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A STIRRING second half performance was in vain as Oxford United paid for a wretched first half display which paved the way for a defeat to Burton Albion.

The visitors were dangerous on the break and raced into an early lead through Dominic Knowles.

Zeli Ismail added a second and the game could have been over before the half hour mark, but Ryan Clarke saved a penalty from Billy Kee.

United found a response after the break and quickly pulled a goal back thanks to a cool finish from Ryan Williams.

They were the better side but could not force an equaliser as James Constable hit the woodwork and David Connolly was denied by a brilliant save from Rob Lainton.

It sealed a third defeat in four games for the U's, further damaging hopes of a top three finish.

Caretaker manager Mickey Lewis made three changes to the side which started the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale a week earlier.

Tom Newey came in at left back after completing a two-game suspension, with Jake Wright moving to centre back at the expense of Michael Raynes.

Up front, Dave Kitson and James Constable replaced Alfie Potter and Connolly.

United began brightly enough, but rapidly lost control of the game.

In the tenth minute Burton broke quickly after Danny Rose scuffed a shot on the edge of the box.

The impressive Ismail held the ball up well before sliding a perfect pass which allowed Knowles to spring the offside trap and round goalkeeper Ryan Clarke to score.

The home side looked to shrug off the setback, but compared to the lively visitors they lacked ideas going forward.

Billy Kee fired just wide after more good work from Ismail, before the on-loan Wolves winger doubled the advantage himself on 26 minutes.

Again the breakthrough came on the counter-attack, as Jimmy Phillips just kept the ball in play on the left and brushed past Johnny Mullins.

Cutting in off the flank, he curled a shot which Clarke could only parry to Ismail, who confidently smashed the rebound into the roof of the net from ten yards.

It left United reeling and within a minute Phillips' trickery had tempted David Hunt into an ill-advised lunge, conceding a penalty. Kee stepped up, but Clarke dived to his left and kept out Burton's top scorer.

Kitson was quickly forced off with an injury to complete a terrible spell for United.

They spent the rest of the half tentatively probing for a way back into the game, without success.

Their best moment came from a free-kick routine which set up Hunt, whose effort was blocked.

The interval allowed them to regroup, though, and they re-emerged for the second half a different side.

A smart move across the penalty area, United's first moment of real quality, saw Connolly quickly test Lainton.

Nicky Wroe also curled a free-kick just wide, before the goal arrived seven minutes into the half.

It owed much to the vision of Connolly, who picked out Williams to run through and coolly slot past Lainton.

United were back in the game and came agonisingly close to an equaliser within four minutes.

Williams picked the ball up in his own half and ran fully 50 yards before crossing for Constable to fire a shot which hit the inside of the post and bounced up to a stranded Lainton.

United's momentum forced Burton boss Gary Rowett to put on an extra midfielder, Lee Bell, for Knowles in an effort to shore up the middle of the park.

The visitors were terrified of Williams' pace and with 15 minutes remaining the winger laid on another chance.

From the left he crossed and Constable set up Connolly, who smashed a shot which looked destined for the top corner, only to be denied by a fantastic save from Lainton.

United exerted plenty of pressure before the final whistle, particularly in six minutes of stoppage time, but they did not carve out as clear an opening as Burton hung on for a win which boosted their own promotion hopes.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt (Potter 81), Mullins, Wright, Newey, Williams, Wroe, Rose, Smalley (Rigg 87), Kitson (Connolly 30), Constable.

Unused subs: Henly, Davies, Raynes, Ruffels.

Burton: Lainton, Edwards, Sharps (Holness 71), Cansdell-Sherriff, McCrory, Ismail, Weir, Palmer, Phillips (Gray 90), Kee, Knowles (Bell 62).

Unused subs: Lyness, MacDonald, McGurk, Symes.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 5,413 (265 visitors).

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5:09pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ralphington89 says...

Well I certainly hope all you Wilder haters are happy with the "progress" the club is going through. It's the negativity thy pushed him out the club. Might also be the hatred for him that stopped Lenagan from offering him a new contract. Well look how well it's going since he's gone.

I said this would happen and that we would fall away. I'm not conceding that the seasons over. I just know for sure we would be in a muchich better position if we sill had Wilder.

Looking forward... Well playoffs at best. But hopeful on that last automatic spot.
Well I certainly hope all you Wilder haters are happy with the "progress" the club is going through. It's the negativity thy pushed him out the club. Might also be the hatred for him that stopped Lenagan from offering him a new contract. Well look how well it's going since he's gone. I said this would happen and that we would fall away. I'm not conceding that the seasons over. I just know for sure we would be in a muchich better position if we sill had Wilder. Looking forward... Well playoffs at best. But hopeful on that last automatic spot. ralphington89
  • Score: 5

5:10pm Sat 8 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

The club seems to have lost its spark !!
The club seems to have lost its spark !! dorsetyellows
  • Score: 16

5:19pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Joe1 says...

Agree, with both the eabove comments. The Chairman must move quickly to get the Club moving upwards. Telling us there is not a rush to appoint is being a little too cool re the matter. It appears that CW knew it would be difficult with such a small squad & a Chairman who refuses to spend on decent players.

For pity's sake Chairman get moving ASAP!!!!!
Agree, with both the eabove comments. The Chairman must move quickly to get the Club moving upwards. Telling us there is not a rush to appoint is being a little too cool re the matter. It appears that CW knew it would be difficult with such a small squad & a Chairman who refuses to spend on decent players. For pity's sake Chairman get moving ASAP!!!!! Joe1
  • Score: 22

5:34pm Sat 8 Mar 14

train passenger says...

ralphington89 wrote:
Well I certainly hope all you Wilder haters are happy with the "progress" the club is going through. It's the negativity thy pushed him out the club. Might also be the hatred for him that stopped Lenagan from offering him a new contract. Well look how well it's going since he's gone.

I said this would happen and that we would fall away. I'm not conceding that the seasons over. I just know for sure we would be in a muchich better position if we sill had Wilder.

Looking forward... Well playoffs at best. But hopeful on that last automatic spot.
Yes, and what about those thousands of 'fans' who would start showing up once CW was out of the door?
[quote][p][bold]ralphington89[/bold] wrote: Well I certainly hope all you Wilder haters are happy with the "progress" the club is going through. It's the negativity thy pushed him out the club. Might also be the hatred for him that stopped Lenagan from offering him a new contract. Well look how well it's going since he's gone. I said this would happen and that we would fall away. I'm not conceding that the seasons over. I just know for sure we would be in a muchich better position if we sill had Wilder. Looking forward... Well playoffs at best. But hopeful on that last automatic spot.[/p][/quote]Yes, and what about those thousands of 'fans' who would start showing up once CW was out of the door? train passenger
  • Score: 13

6:13pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ralphington89 says...

train passenger wrote:
ralphington89 wrote:
Well I certainly hope all you Wilder haters are happy with the "progress" the club is going through. It's the negativity thy pushed him out the club. Might also be the hatred for him that stopped Lenagan from offering him a new contract. Well look how well it's going since he's gone.

I said this would happen and that we would fall away. I'm not conceding that the seasons over. I just know for sure we would be in a muchich better position if we sill had Wilder.

Looking forward... Well playoffs at best. But hopeful on that last automatic spot.
Yes, and what about those thousands of 'fans' who would start showing up once CW was out of the door?
Exactly. Attendances haven't increased like a lot of people said they would. We needed Wilder. Simple as that.
[quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ralphington89[/bold] wrote: Well I certainly hope all you Wilder haters are happy with the "progress" the club is going through. It's the negativity thy pushed him out the club. Might also be the hatred for him that stopped Lenagan from offering him a new contract. Well look how well it's going since he's gone. I said this would happen and that we would fall away. I'm not conceding that the seasons over. I just know for sure we would be in a muchich better position if we sill had Wilder. Looking forward... Well playoffs at best. But hopeful on that last automatic spot.[/p][/quote]Yes, and what about those thousands of 'fans' who would start showing up once CW was out of the door?[/p][/quote]Exactly. Attendances haven't increased like a lot of people said they would. We needed Wilder. Simple as that. ralphington89
  • Score: 9

6:24pm Sat 8 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

First half devoid of spark and flair, second different all round, not helped by a ref who knew nothing.

They were quicker on the ball than we were, quicker in thought and action, not until the second half when we simply could not break them down, I reckon we could lose Kitson and Smalley and still play as well, Kitson out for yet another few weeks so he will be in Spain relaxing, Smalley has no idea.

We need a energetic manager who inspires the players and who can bring in some quick players, Williams did ok in the end but in the first half tried to be to fancy.

Not good enough.
First half devoid of spark and flair, second different all round, not helped by a ref who knew nothing. They were quicker on the ball than we were, quicker in thought and action, not until the second half when we simply could not break them down, I reckon we could lose Kitson and Smalley and still play as well, Kitson out for yet another few weeks so he will be in Spain relaxing, Smalley has no idea. We need a energetic manager who inspires the players and who can bring in some quick players, Williams did ok in the end but in the first half tried to be to fancy. Not good enough. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 3

6:28pm Sat 8 Mar 14

onthebench says...

THE MUPPETS ARE ALIVE & WELL!!
Waldorf, Statler & Animal who sit in the South Stand Upper are typical Muppets who "support" the U's. They spent the entire season up till Wilder left moaning about him. Then they celebrated his departure as if we had suddenly become something far better than we were before. They welcomed Micky Lewis in charge for his far more positive approach. After our last home game (before today) ended in a 3-0 win they were enthusing about his approach. Today, apparently Mad Dog didn't have a clue and needed to be replaced as soon as possible. Personally I can't wait to move my seat next season to get away from these Muppets.
Today was an eye opener for sure. Burton's front players were terrific and we simply could not live with them. If we do get some transfer funds in the close season I would be delighted to get their front line and wide players on mass. Thanks to Gary Rowett for taking off the number 18 (don't know his name) because that really gave us a chance as he was tearing us apart. His pace and control was the best I have seen in this division for a long time. Sometimes you just have to say you are not good enough and the opposition deserve their win. Today is that day.
THE MUPPETS ARE ALIVE & WELL!! Waldorf, Statler & Animal who sit in the South Stand Upper are typical Muppets who "support" the U's. They spent the entire season up till Wilder left moaning about him. Then they celebrated his departure as if we had suddenly become something far better than we were before. They welcomed Micky Lewis in charge for his far more positive approach. After our last home game (before today) ended in a 3-0 win they were enthusing about his approach. Today, apparently Mad Dog didn't have a clue and needed to be replaced as soon as possible. Personally I can't wait to move my seat next season to get away from these Muppets. Today was an eye opener for sure. Burton's front players were terrific and we simply could not live with them. If we do get some transfer funds in the close season I would be delighted to get their front line and wide players on mass. Thanks to Gary Rowett for taking off the number 18 (don't know his name) because that really gave us a chance as he was tearing us apart. His pace and control was the best I have seen in this division for a long time. Sometimes you just have to say you are not good enough and the opposition deserve their win. Today is that day. onthebench
  • Score: 11

6:29pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Eraser says...

CW had taken us as far as he could and unfortunately IL hasn't reacted quickly enough to appoint a replacement.. Mickey is a good motivational coach but he has limited tactical experience and is being asked to do his and the managers job. CW spent a lot of time analysing tactics. Time ML doesn't have now the staff is one light.
In some respects ML is a CW clone but fair play he has tried to get away from the negative, boring style CW played but that takes time for players to adapt.
Today the players looked lost and were seeking advice when Hunt came off so clearly plan B had not been discussed or worked on prior.
Playing Smalley on the left was a waste of time. Why do it when you have Ruffells and Rigg warming the bench?
I think a new tried and tested manager now could save this season if not then IL is condeming us to another season in L2. Is that what he really wants? Only he knows.
CW had taken us as far as he could and unfortunately IL hasn't reacted quickly enough to appoint a replacement.. Mickey is a good motivational coach but he has limited tactical experience and is being asked to do his and the managers job. CW spent a lot of time analysing tactics. Time ML doesn't have now the staff is one light. In some respects ML is a CW clone but fair play he has tried to get away from the negative, boring style CW played but that takes time for players to adapt. Today the players looked lost and were seeking advice when Hunt came off so clearly plan B had not been discussed or worked on prior. Playing Smalley on the left was a waste of time. Why do it when you have Ruffells and Rigg warming the bench? I think a new tried and tested manager now could save this season if not then IL is condeming us to another season in L2. Is that what he really wants? Only he knows. Eraser
  • Score: 13

7:06pm Sat 8 Mar 14

South Upper 87 says...

Eraser wrote:
CW had taken us as far as he could and unfortunately IL hasn't reacted quickly enough to appoint a replacement.. Mickey is a good motivational coach but he has limited tactical experience and is being asked to do his and the managers job. CW spent a lot of time analysing tactics. Time ML doesn't have now the staff is one light.
In some respects ML is a CW clone but fair play he has tried to get away from the negative, boring style CW played but that takes time for players to adapt.
Today the players looked lost and were seeking advice when Hunt came off so clearly plan B had not been discussed or worked on prior.
Playing Smalley on the left was a waste of time. Why do it when you have Ruffells and Rigg warming the bench?
I think a new tried and tested manager now could save this season if not then IL is condeming us to another season in L2. Is that what he really wants? Only he knows.
Say's it all really. I had no problem with Wilder going, the problem is we covered his departure with a coach. As far as the 'missing fans' are concerned, does anyone really expect them to come back when we are playing the same old rubbish for at least half of every game. A new experienced...PROVEN manager in this week could still turn the club's fortunes around. We all know that if there had been seven decent teams in the league this season, we would never have been in with a shout. The new man needs to come in now, stimulate the average players we have and rebuild in the summer regardless of which league we are in for next season.
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: CW had taken us as far as he could and unfortunately IL hasn't reacted quickly enough to appoint a replacement.. Mickey is a good motivational coach but he has limited tactical experience and is being asked to do his and the managers job. CW spent a lot of time analysing tactics. Time ML doesn't have now the staff is one light. In some respects ML is a CW clone but fair play he has tried to get away from the negative, boring style CW played but that takes time for players to adapt. Today the players looked lost and were seeking advice when Hunt came off so clearly plan B had not been discussed or worked on prior. Playing Smalley on the left was a waste of time. Why do it when you have Ruffells and Rigg warming the bench? I think a new tried and tested manager now could save this season if not then IL is condeming us to another season in L2. Is that what he really wants? Only he knows.[/p][/quote]Say's it all really. I had no problem with Wilder going, the problem is we covered his departure with a coach. As far as the 'missing fans' are concerned, does anyone really expect them to come back when we are playing the same old rubbish for at least half of every game. A new experienced...PROVEN manager in this week could still turn the club's fortunes around. We all know that if there had been seven decent teams in the league this season, we would never have been in with a shout. The new man needs to come in now, stimulate the average players we have and rebuild in the summer regardless of which league we are in for next season. South Upper 87
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Sat 8 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Pro Wilder fans expressing bizarre behaviour here - we were going nowhere with Wilder and fans were deserting the club, Sadly we are still going nowhere with a Wilder stooge at the helm. Wilder isn't exactly setting Northampton alight either is he? They're still in a relegation spot. Lenagan has taken a gamble leaving Lewis in charge for this long and it looks like the risk might backfire. We are running out of games, we're not scoring many goals and we are dropping points everywhere. We have a very average team with under performing players and our luck has run out. No idea what Lenagan is thinking here I think he's put himself into a corner. I can't believe we are on the verge of throwing away another chance of promotion for the third year running.
Pro Wilder fans expressing bizarre behaviour here - we were going nowhere with Wilder and fans were deserting the club, Sadly we are still going nowhere with a Wilder stooge at the helm. Wilder isn't exactly setting Northampton alight either is he? They're still in a relegation spot. Lenagan has taken a gamble leaving Lewis in charge for this long and it looks like the risk might backfire. We are running out of games, we're not scoring many goals and we are dropping points everywhere. We have a very average team with under performing players and our luck has run out. No idea what Lenagan is thinking here I think he's put himself into a corner. I can't believe we are on the verge of throwing away another chance of promotion for the third year running. adlibber
  • Score: 4

8:57pm Sat 8 Mar 14

train passenger says...

adlibber wrote:
Pro Wilder fans expressing bizarre behaviour here - we were going nowhere with Wilder and fans were deserting the club, Sadly we are still going nowhere with a Wilder stooge at the helm. Wilder isn't exactly setting Northampton alight either is he? They're still in a relegation spot. Lenagan has taken a gamble leaving Lewis in charge for this long and it looks like the risk might backfire. We are running out of games, we're not scoring many goals and we are dropping points everywhere. We have a very average team with under performing players and our luck has run out. No idea what Lenagan is thinking here I think he's put himself into a corner. I can't believe we are on the verge of throwing away another chance of promotion for the third year running.
I thought the whole point was that any donkey could do a better job than CW? Maybe you will now agree that wasn't quite the case. And maybe you will then agree that believing the next guy will be some magician who can just turn it around in no time is slightly too optimistic too?
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Pro Wilder fans expressing bizarre behaviour here - we were going nowhere with Wilder and fans were deserting the club, Sadly we are still going nowhere with a Wilder stooge at the helm. Wilder isn't exactly setting Northampton alight either is he? They're still in a relegation spot. Lenagan has taken a gamble leaving Lewis in charge for this long and it looks like the risk might backfire. We are running out of games, we're not scoring many goals and we are dropping points everywhere. We have a very average team with under performing players and our luck has run out. No idea what Lenagan is thinking here I think he's put himself into a corner. I can't believe we are on the verge of throwing away another chance of promotion for the third year running.[/p][/quote]I thought the whole point was that any donkey could do a better job than CW? Maybe you will now agree that wasn't quite the case. And maybe you will then agree that believing the next guy will be some magician who can just turn it around in no time is slightly too optimistic too? train passenger
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Sat 8 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
First half devoid of spark and flair, second different all round, not helped by a ref who knew nothing.

They were quicker on the ball than we were, quicker in thought and action, not until the second half when we simply could not break them down, I reckon we could lose Kitson and Smalley and still play as well, Kitson out for yet another few weeks so he will be in Spain relaxing, Smalley has no idea.

We need a energetic manager who inspires the players and who can bring in some quick players, Williams did ok in the end but in the first half tried to be to fancy.

Not good enough.
We had a manager who and your muppets wanted him gone now no automatic promo and if we do make the play offs we will be beaten
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: First half devoid of spark and flair, second different all round, not helped by a ref who knew nothing. They were quicker on the ball than we were, quicker in thought and action, not until the second half when we simply could not break them down, I reckon we could lose Kitson and Smalley and still play as well, Kitson out for yet another few weeks so he will be in Spain relaxing, Smalley has no idea. We need a energetic manager who inspires the players and who can bring in some quick players, Williams did ok in the end but in the first half tried to be to fancy. Not good enough.[/p][/quote]We had a manager who and your muppets wanted him gone now no automatic promo and if we do make the play offs we will be beaten remberingthe80s
  • Score: -2

10:14pm Sat 8 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

At last, some Oxford fans talking some sense.

Not offering CW a new contract was criminal.

It seems to me that until now IL's preference has been to appoint a "sporting director" and leave Mickey Lewis in charge of the manager's job.

Please revise that very bad idea. We need a new manager, and the new manager should have the freedom to pick his own backroom staff.

Of course this will set us back with regards to promotion this year. We may not make the play offs regardless of what we do - but that has been the case since the minute CW left.

Seriously worried about what is happening at my football club.
At last, some Oxford fans talking some sense. Not offering CW a new contract was criminal. It seems to me that until now IL's preference has been to appoint a "sporting director" and leave Mickey Lewis in charge of the manager's job. Please revise that very bad idea. We need a new manager, and the new manager should have the freedom to pick his own backroom staff. Of course this will set us back with regards to promotion this year. We may not make the play offs regardless of what we do - but that has been the case since the minute CW left. Seriously worried about what is happening at my football club. BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 1

2:54am Sun 9 Mar 14

marathon2012 says...

seriously worried about what is happening at our football club.
perhaps IL wants to keep the rugby instead of it moving to Witney so he is concentrating on that rather than the football club.
Micky Lewis is ok as a coach but he ant no Manager as it is showing with Wilders training slowly disappearing we are slipping down the table .
seriously worried about what is happening at our football club. perhaps IL wants to keep the rugby instead of it moving to Witney so he is concentrating on that rather than the football club. Micky Lewis is ok as a coach but he ant no Manager as it is showing with Wilders training slowly disappearing we are slipping down the table . marathon2012
  • Score: 7

7:37am Sun 9 Mar 14

hawkeye1 says...

Oxford United must have the most loyal and patient fans in the country,
they have stuck with this club through thick and thin, but enough already,
IIL has had six weeks to get us a new manager, in all that time he must
know who he wants, we are sliding down the table, all season we have
lost and are still losing to teams that we should beat easily, too may points
given away, Time the club got rid of Smally, utter waste of space, and get
rid of Kitson at the same time, he is just using the club as a semi retirement
place to draw some unearned money, I remember back in the late 60's
when Ron Saunders came in and really got the team on a winning run, before he was snapped up by Norwich, come on IL get your finger out and get it sorted, also try and find another investor that will put some money
into the club so we can buy the stadium, and get shot of that tight fisted, greedy, money hungry leach Kassam,
the way things are going we might as well give up on automatic promotion,
and maybe even a play off spot, I have a feeling we will be lucky to end up around the 10 th spot unless IL acts quickly enough.
Oxford United must have the most loyal and patient fans in the country, they have stuck with this club through thick and thin, but enough already, IIL has had six weeks to get us a new manager, in all that time he must know who he wants, we are sliding down the table, all season we have lost and are still losing to teams that we should beat easily, too may points given away, Time the club got rid of Smally, utter waste of space, and get rid of Kitson at the same time, he is just using the club as a semi retirement place to draw some unearned money, I remember back in the late 60's when Ron Saunders came in and really got the team on a winning run, before he was snapped up by Norwich, come on IL get your finger out and get it sorted, also try and find another investor that will put some money into the club so we can buy the stadium, and get shot of that tight fisted, greedy, money hungry leach Kassam, the way things are going we might as well give up on automatic promotion, and maybe even a play off spot, I have a feeling we will be lucky to end up around the 10 th spot unless IL acts quickly enough. hawkeye1
  • Score: 11

7:45am Sun 9 Mar 14

Bumble08 says...

I'm not going to say anything about the above comments as everybody has thier own opinion, and that's the great thing about surporting an unsuccessful team, it incourages debate. It was right to let Chris go, we would never have progressed under him, problem is in Mickey Lewis as good as a player he was for Oxford the players don't respect him. It's hard to go from assistant and players mate to boss. He doesn't have the tactical knowledge or intelligence to manage a side, yes he's 100% committed but we need more. Ian has missed a trick here, but we can still get something out of this season. 11 games to go and 6 points off 2nd, it's not unachivable. What we do need though is someone that can install confidence in to the players, some on who knows the best way to get performances out of our miss firing strikers and somone that can give the whole club a lift. Stuart Pearce stop doing talk sport and get yourself in our dugout!
I'm not going to say anything about the above comments as everybody has thier own opinion, and that's the great thing about surporting an unsuccessful team, it incourages debate. It was right to let Chris go, we would never have progressed under him, problem is in Mickey Lewis as good as a player he was for Oxford the players don't respect him. It's hard to go from assistant and players mate to boss. He doesn't have the tactical knowledge or intelligence to manage a side, yes he's 100% committed but we need more. Ian has missed a trick here, but we can still get something out of this season. 11 games to go and 6 points off 2nd, it's not unachivable. What we do need though is someone that can install confidence in to the players, some on who knows the best way to get performances out of our miss firing strikers and somone that can give the whole club a lift. Stuart Pearce stop doing talk sport and get yourself in our dugout! Bumble08
  • Score: 2

8:26am Sun 9 Mar 14

dovepe says...

Williams is lightweight and not a team player.Smalley speechless.Burton are a good attacking team.Virus in the week could have had some impact.as for ML got the team playing in the 2nd half.not all bad look at other results.still up there.
Williams is lightweight and not a team player.Smalley speechless.Burton are a good attacking team.Virus in the week could have had some impact.as for ML got the team playing in the 2nd half.not all bad look at other results.still up there. dovepe
  • Score: 4

8:41am Sun 9 Mar 14

adlibber says...

train passenger wrote:
adlibber wrote:
Pro Wilder fans expressing bizarre behaviour here - we were going nowhere with Wilder and fans were deserting the club, Sadly we are still going nowhere with a Wilder stooge at the helm. Wilder isn't exactly setting Northampton alight either is he? They're still in a relegation spot. Lenagan has taken a gamble leaving Lewis in charge for this long and it looks like the risk might backfire. We are running out of games, we're not scoring many goals and we are dropping points everywhere. We have a very average team with under performing players and our luck has run out. No idea what Lenagan is thinking here I think he's put himself into a corner. I can't believe we are on the verge of throwing away another chance of promotion for the third year running.
I thought the whole point was that any donkey could do a better job than CW? Maybe you will now agree that wasn't quite the case. And maybe you will then agree that believing the next guy will be some magician who can just turn it around in no time is slightly too optimistic too?
Ok would you also like me to forget the two consecutive failures of Wilder throwing away play off possible promotions? Remarkable selective memory you Wilder folk have. I can't think of Wilder as anything other than ordinary or a conference manager- Maybe that extraordinary 4-0 down at half time against Rotherham was his finest moment for you? We are struggling because of Wilder's players we still have were his team and half of this team don't deserve to be playing for our club. Lewis is not a manager he's trapped in the 80's and has no vision at all. And to repeat Wilder hasn't got Northampton out of the relegation spot yet has he?

Really don't understand the thinking behind Wilder would have improved our position given we were drifting before he left.

I don't think the next manager needs to be a magician he will need some support from Lenagan and he will need to rid himself of the below average players that Wilder signed.
[quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Pro Wilder fans expressing bizarre behaviour here - we were going nowhere with Wilder and fans were deserting the club, Sadly we are still going nowhere with a Wilder stooge at the helm. Wilder isn't exactly setting Northampton alight either is he? They're still in a relegation spot. Lenagan has taken a gamble leaving Lewis in charge for this long and it looks like the risk might backfire. We are running out of games, we're not scoring many goals and we are dropping points everywhere. We have a very average team with under performing players and our luck has run out. No idea what Lenagan is thinking here I think he's put himself into a corner. I can't believe we are on the verge of throwing away another chance of promotion for the third year running.[/p][/quote]I thought the whole point was that any donkey could do a better job than CW? Maybe you will now agree that wasn't quite the case. And maybe you will then agree that believing the next guy will be some magician who can just turn it around in no time is slightly too optimistic too?[/p][/quote]Ok would you also like me to forget the two consecutive failures of Wilder throwing away play off possible promotions? Remarkable selective memory you Wilder folk have. I can't think of Wilder as anything other than ordinary or a conference manager- Maybe that extraordinary 4-0 down at half time against Rotherham was his finest moment for you? We are struggling because of Wilder's players we still have were his team and half of this team don't deserve to be playing for our club. Lewis is not a manager he's trapped in the 80's and has no vision at all. And to repeat Wilder hasn't got Northampton out of the relegation spot yet has he? Really don't understand the thinking behind Wilder would have improved our position given we were drifting before he left. I don't think the next manager needs to be a magician he will need some support from Lenagan and he will need to rid himself of the below average players that Wilder signed. adlibber
  • Score: -2

9:05am Sun 9 Mar 14

Doctor69 says...

Lewis is a clone of wilder. Little wonder the results are poor. Said it all season long, we are a poor team in a very poor league. Our away form was the reason we climbed the league....but now that's gone we are going to struggle. We have some very tough away games on the horizon and realistically I think maintaining a play off position will be a tough job.

I'm glad wilder has gone. The fans never forced him. He was to impatient to wait for his contract negotiations and did what he deemed best for himself. IL needs to pull his finger out and appoint a new manager, quickly!
Lewis is a clone of wilder. Little wonder the results are poor. Said it all season long, we are a poor team in a very poor league. Our away form was the reason we climbed the league....but now that's gone we are going to struggle. We have some very tough away games on the horizon and realistically I think maintaining a play off position will be a tough job. I'm glad wilder has gone. The fans never forced him. He was to impatient to wait for his contract negotiations and did what he deemed best for himself. IL needs to pull his finger out and appoint a new manager, quickly! Doctor69
  • Score: 1

9:59am Sun 9 Mar 14

bigchet says...

am amazed that people still post on here that il is more interested in rugby at the kassam than the football club. how many more times do they need to be told that the rugby club at the kassam is nothing at to do with il.
am amazed that people still post on here that il is more interested in rugby at the kassam than the football club. how many more times do they need to be told that the rugby club at the kassam is nothing at to do with il. bigchet
  • Score: 2

10:15am Sun 9 Mar 14

disco80 says...

Well well well cant we all just forget CW and all the ifs and buts about if he was still here, just fact is we lost 5 at home with him and we would have lost away at some point. !!!! This is fact.!!!! As for yesterday 2 of our most reliable players made mistakes for the goals, wright stopped with hand in the air and clarke should have held onto that shot instead of pushing it out to their player. I agree with others smalley played out of position and looked rubbish but out on the right he looks good. As always we look slow and not up for it . Maybe in summer new manager and all new backroom staff is needed although it would be hard on mickey but we need to progress.
Well well well cant we all just forget CW and all the ifs and buts about if he was still here, just fact is we lost 5 at home with him and we would have lost away at some point. !!!! This is fact.!!!! As for yesterday 2 of our most reliable players made mistakes for the goals, wright stopped with hand in the air and clarke should have held onto that shot instead of pushing it out to their player. I agree with others smalley played out of position and looked rubbish but out on the right he looks good. As always we look slow and not up for it . Maybe in summer new manager and all new backroom staff is needed although it would be hard on mickey but we need to progress. disco80
  • Score: 5

10:25am Sun 9 Mar 14

steve mcavoy says...

Burton dominated the opening period exactly as Mansfield did with the exception they could finish. Lewis learned nothing from Mansfield or Rochdale: team selection was ludicrous. He clearly is not a safe pair of hands that the Chairman talks about. The wait for a new manager will feel a lot longer as Lewis is clearly from the same camp as his former boss and has nothing to learn from anyone. Forget the 'nice bloke' rubbish', what we should at least be able to expect is competence.
Anyone bother to read the programme notes from the Chairman talking about the wasteful loan signings? That was Wilders only strategy.
Burton dominated the opening period exactly as Mansfield did with the exception they could finish. Lewis learned nothing from Mansfield or Rochdale: team selection was ludicrous. He clearly is not a safe pair of hands that the Chairman talks about. The wait for a new manager will feel a lot longer as Lewis is clearly from the same camp as his former boss and has nothing to learn from anyone. Forget the 'nice bloke' rubbish', what we should at least be able to expect is competence. Anyone bother to read the programme notes from the Chairman talking about the wasteful loan signings? That was Wilders only strategy. steve mcavoy
  • Score: 6

6:08pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

I did post yesterday evening but for unknown reasons it doesn't show on here, maybe those that disagree with me sabotaged it. The team selection has been awful, Mad Dog rushed Wright back and it's obvious he isn't back to his old self and neither should we expect him to be, this is one of the problems of not being in a reserve league. Why oh why does he insist on picking Smalley and Kitson, they need dropping not just to the bench but out of the squad, he could then play a better midfield that hopefully would provide more opportunities for goals, something we need to win games, I don't think he has quite grasped that simple but obvious notion that it's goals that win games, simple! Beano aka James Constable is past his best by date BUT still has goals in him whereas Smalley and Kitson don't know what a goal looks like, Connolly has goals in him with the right service, if we don't change the formation and shape and he continues to rush unfit players back then we will end up just above mid table for the third season in a row and that's just not good enough! Wake up and smell the coffee Mr. Lenagan before promotion is just a distant dream, changes in Management need making now and not just at the top, Melville and Mad Dog need thanking for their valiant efforts and awarded their P45's before we will move forward! Simple!
I did post yesterday evening but for unknown reasons it doesn't show on here, maybe those that disagree with me sabotaged it. The team selection has been awful, Mad Dog rushed Wright back and it's obvious he isn't back to his old self and neither should we expect him to be, this is one of the problems of not being in a reserve league. Why oh why does he insist on picking Smalley and Kitson, they need dropping not just to the bench but out of the squad, he could then play a better midfield that hopefully would provide more opportunities for goals, something we need to win games, I don't think he has quite grasped that simple but obvious notion that it's goals that win games, simple! Beano aka James Constable is past his best by date BUT still has goals in him whereas Smalley and Kitson don't know what a goal looks like, Connolly has goals in him with the right service, if we don't change the formation and shape and he continues to rush unfit players back then we will end up just above mid table for the third season in a row and that's just not good enough! Wake up and smell the coffee Mr. Lenagan before promotion is just a distant dream, changes in Management need making now and not just at the top, Melville and Mad Dog need thanking for their valiant efforts and awarded their P45's before we will move forward! Simple! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Sun 9 Mar 14

disco80 says...

There is a reserve type league , development team/under21 can include a certain number of senior players Richard Wickson.
There is a reserve type league , development team/under21 can include a certain number of senior players Richard Wickson. disco80
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Sun 9 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

SORRY TO SAY NEXT YEAR DOING BATTLE TO STAY IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE
SORRY TO SAY NEXT YEAR DOING BATTLE TO STAY IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE remberingthe80s
  • Score: -3

7:46pm Sun 9 Mar 14

william12 says...

We were poor . I am sick of hearing Danny Rose in particular spouting on about the team and he BELIEVES HIM AND WROE do a good job in midfield. Every game the midfield of ours is passed by with ease. The players certainly talk a good game and that is about it. Dont keep blaming Lenaghan and Lewis a new manger wont make any difference with the players we have. You would think this time of the season they would be busting a gut .We have been poor most of the season and it seems to get worse. Unless a miracle happens and the team perform for 90 minutes+ playoffs offs will be a struggle and we wont beat any team over two legs.
We were poor . I am sick of hearing Danny Rose in particular spouting on about the team and he BELIEVES HIM AND WROE do a good job in midfield. Every game the midfield of ours is passed by with ease. The players certainly talk a good game and that is about it. Dont keep blaming Lenaghan and Lewis a new manger wont make any difference with the players we have. You would think this time of the season they would be busting a gut .We have been poor most of the season and it seems to get worse. Unless a miracle happens and the team perform for 90 minutes+ playoffs offs will be a struggle and we wont beat any team over two legs. william12
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Sun 9 Mar 14

swalker260 says...

As someone said everybody is entitled to an opinion, mine is it was not the right time to let CW go. you do not let a manager go at that time of season CW needed to safeguard his family we would have all done the same it was simply the chairman's fault and I believe get out clause, from offering CW a new contract or sacking him We were in an automatic position and since he has gone we have lost our momentum and believe. CW has already made an impact at Northampton. To bring in a new manager now will not be easy as they will need to get to know the squad, my opinion for what its worth is when CW left so did our chance of promotion.
As someone said everybody is entitled to an opinion, mine is it was not the right time to let CW go. you do not let a manager go at that time of season CW needed to safeguard his family we would have all done the same it was simply the chairman's fault and I believe get out clause, from offering CW a new contract or sacking him We were in an automatic position and since he has gone we have lost our momentum and believe. CW has already made an impact at Northampton. To bring in a new manager now will not be easy as they will need to get to know the squad, my opinion for what its worth is when CW left so did our chance of promotion. swalker260
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Oxe says...

Couple of points.
The Wilder situation has undoubtedly created major rifts between those who wanted him to stay and those who wanted him to leave but he has gone now and constantly revisiting whether he might or might not have taken us up doesn’t help us now. I am not honestly sure that he would have got us up as the one consistent thing with him was inconsistency – every time, we seemed about to move ahead, the wheels came off and we started losing again. We did eventually get out of the Conference but only through the play off’s when earlier that season, it had looked like we were going to walk it. During that time, several other teams left the Conference and went straight through to League One whilst we languished mid-table in League 2.
No-one who felt a management change was necessary anticipated that Lewis would be allowed to take over with Melville as they have. Neither of them have any experience other than as part of Wilder’s team and unless IL has a ‘cunning plan’, it is hard to understand how he could have so miscalculated matters as to leave them in charge and allow our promotion effort to stall. I don’t know whether IL in his heart is football or rugby but I do worry at his apparently complacent attitude to what is happening. It will be very interesting to see who he does eventually appoint as it will show whether he really wants to push us back to the Championship where we should be aiming and is prepared to back the team big style to do so, or whether it is just going to be continuing mediocrity with some nondescript individual. Every manager has bad moments at some point in their career but Micky Adams or Gary Megson with transfer funds and it could get very interesting…
Couple of points. The Wilder situation has undoubtedly created major rifts between those who wanted him to stay and those who wanted him to leave but he has gone now and constantly revisiting whether he might or might not have taken us up doesn’t help us now. I am not honestly sure that he would have got us up as the one consistent thing with him was inconsistency – every time, we seemed about to move ahead, the wheels came off and we started losing again. We did eventually get out of the Conference but only through the play off’s when earlier that season, it had looked like we were going to walk it. During that time, several other teams left the Conference and went straight through to League One whilst we languished mid-table in League 2. No-one who felt a management change was necessary anticipated that Lewis would be allowed to take over with Melville as they have. Neither of them have any experience other than as part of Wilder’s team and unless IL has a ‘cunning plan’, it is hard to understand how he could have so miscalculated matters as to leave them in charge and allow our promotion effort to stall. I don’t know whether IL in his heart is football or rugby but I do worry at his apparently complacent attitude to what is happening. It will be very interesting to see who he does eventually appoint as it will show whether he really wants to push us back to the Championship where we should be aiming and is prepared to back the team big style to do so, or whether it is just going to be continuing mediocrity with some nondescript individual. Every manager has bad moments at some point in their career but Micky Adams or Gary Megson with transfer funds and it could get very interesting… Oxe
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Sun 9 Mar 14

dovepe says...

CW is history move on.new manager in the summer I think.IL will leave ML in charge until end of season. lets forget CW and get behind ML and team.
CW is history move on.new manager in the summer I think.IL will leave ML in charge until end of season. lets forget CW and get behind ML and team. dovepe
  • Score: 3

10:23pm Sun 9 Mar 14

disco80 says...

swalker260 wrote:
As someone said everybody is entitled to an opinion, mine is it was not the right time to let CW go. you do not let a manager go at that time of season CW needed to safeguard his family we would have all done the same it was simply the chairman's fault and I believe get out clause, from offering CW a new contract or sacking him We were in an automatic position and since he has gone we have lost our momentum and believe. CW has already made an impact at Northampton. To bring in a new manager now will not be easy as they will need to get to know the squad, my opinion for what its worth is when CW left so did our chance of promotion.
Forget Wilder,how did we let him go???we didnt ,he show no loyalty and if he believed we were going up he would have stayed and got a contract, Should lenegan have given him a contract based on league position half way through the season??? Stupid. He was lucky to get another year as he didnt hit targets he was set but sod Wilder.I dont care about him . Come on oxford
[quote][p][bold]swalker260[/bold] wrote: As someone said everybody is entitled to an opinion, mine is it was not the right time to let CW go. you do not let a manager go at that time of season CW needed to safeguard his family we would have all done the same it was simply the chairman's fault and I believe get out clause, from offering CW a new contract or sacking him We were in an automatic position and since he has gone we have lost our momentum and believe. CW has already made an impact at Northampton. To bring in a new manager now will not be easy as they will need to get to know the squad, my opinion for what its worth is when CW left so did our chance of promotion.[/p][/quote]Forget Wilder,how did we let him go???we didnt ,he show no loyalty and if he believed we were going up he would have stayed and got a contract, Should lenegan have given him a contract based on league position half way through the season??? Stupid. He was lucky to get another year as he didnt hit targets he was set but sod Wilder.I dont care about him . Come on oxford disco80
  • Score: 4

11:43pm Sun 9 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

Wilder left because he has a family and school fees and all the rest of it to say. He knows now that he has a job till the end of the year and beyond. If should have been given a new contract but was not.
Wilder left because he has a family and school fees and all the rest of it to say. He knows now that he has a job till the end of the year and beyond. If should have been given a new contract but was not. BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: -1

4:07pm Mon 10 Mar 14

disco80 says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
Wilder left because he has a family and school fees and all the rest of it to say. He knows now that he has a job till the end of the year and beyond. If should have been given a new contract but was not.
Fool
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: Wilder left because he has a family and school fees and all the rest of it to say. He knows now that he has a job till the end of the year and beyond. If should have been given a new contract but was not.[/p][/quote]Fool disco80
  • Score: -1

6:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Pherky says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
The club seems to have lost its spark !!
I agree, since Ian Lenagan took over, the all together feeling has gone.
Shocking first half not helped by an easy to con referee, The Manager situation is not helping the club, Sought it sooner than later please.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: The club seems to have lost its spark !![/p][/quote]I agree, since Ian Lenagan took over, the all together feeling has gone. Shocking first half not helped by an easy to con referee, The Manager situation is not helping the club, Sought it sooner than later please. Pherky
  • Score: 0

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