Oxford United boss eyeing fresh faces + video reaction

Bicester Advertiser: Chris Wilder tries to get his point across as his Oxford side are knocked out of the FA Cup following a 3-0 defeat at home to Charlton last night Chris Wilder tries to get his point across as his Oxford side are knocked out of the FA Cup following a 3-0 defeat at home to Charlton last night

CHRIS Wilder is hoping to sign a striker before the weekend after watching his Oxford United side bow out tamely 3-0 in the FA Cup at the hands of Charlton Athletic.

Yann Kermorgant and Danny Green struck in the space of three minutes after an even opening half-hour.

United saw plenty of the ball, but failed to open up the visitors and Kermorgant’s free-kick on 58 minutes sealed a comfortable night for the Championship side.

With the exception of a bright display from Josh Ruffels, Wilder took no positives from the game and felt the U’s had fallen below the standards expected.

He said: “We’ve had a decent run in the FA Cup and earned a couple of quid.

Bicester Advertiser:

  • Michael Raynes and Deane Smalley challenge for a high ball

“We worked hard to get into the third round, but ultimately this is a disappointing night for everybody.

“We took a step back. I don’t mind going out of the cup, but you want to make sure we go out with a bit of a bang.

“We haven’t pushed the opposition hard enough and gone out of the back door, which is a touch disappointing.”

United have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks.

Their one effort on target came in the 78th minute and Wilder is keen to bring in more firepower to boost the side’s promotion chances.

Bicester Advertiser:

  • Deane Smalley sets off on a run

He said: “We’re working hard to get one or two in because I think we need to freshen it up.

“Maybe a couple of them need to come out of the team.

“If we do that, hopefully we can go again.

“I’m pushing and hopefully we can make a decision, because I think we need it.”

A deflated Ryan Clarke said: “We didn’t do ourselves any favours and we’re all disappointed.

“We know we have let ourselves down, all of us except Josh, who was outstanding.”

Ryan Williams missed the game with a back injury sustained in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers.

The winger is expected to recover in time for Saturday’s home game against Torquay United in Sky Bet League Two.

  • Post-match reaction from manager Chris Wilder and goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, via Oxford United's Youtube channel

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12:42pm Wed 22 Jan 14

oldun says...

As a big supporter of Chris's (until about 2 years ago), I regret to have to say that the new face I would most like to see is that of our next manager.
As a big supporter of Chris's (until about 2 years ago), I regret to have to say that the new face I would most like to see is that of our next manager. oldun
  • Score: 15

12:52pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Doctor69 says...

oldun wrote:
As a big supporter of Chris's (until about 2 years ago), I regret to have to say that the new face I would most like to see is that of our next manager.
Echo this comment. The best new face we could get is that of a new manager.
Wilder Out.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: As a big supporter of Chris's (until about 2 years ago), I regret to have to say that the new face I would most like to see is that of our next manager.[/p][/quote]Echo this comment. The best new face we could get is that of a new manager. Wilder Out. Doctor69
  • Score: 12

1:42pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Manor Born says...

First thing you should do Wilder is ship out Smalley - he's a complete waste of space. What on earth made you think offering him a new contract was a good idea?

The second thing you should do is quickly follow him out the door, turn the lights out and hand in the keys as you leave.Once again, our season is going backwards, once again we have another clueless performance at home. The best bit about last night was when the final whistle went and we could go back to the pub.

Thank you for getting us out of the Conference, for that we are grateful. You've had 4 seasons to take us to the next level and you have failed. Many argue that's at least one season too long. If you had learned from past mistakes, we would be more sympathetic, but just like a Status Quo song has the same three chords, you keep making the same mistakes again, again, again, again, again, again, deeper and down.

I had my doubts when you were offered a new contract, but I was willing to give you a chance to go and prove me wrong. Just like your attempts to get us out of this division, you have failed. Time to go.
First thing you should do Wilder is ship out Smalley - he's a complete waste of space. What on earth made you think offering him a new contract was a good idea? The second thing you should do is quickly follow him out the door, turn the lights out and hand in the keys as you leave.Once again, our season is going backwards, once again we have another clueless performance at home. The best bit about last night was when the final whistle went and we could go back to the pub. Thank you for getting us out of the Conference, for that we are grateful. You've had 4 seasons to take us to the next level and you have failed. Many argue that's at least one season too long. If you had learned from past mistakes, we would be more sympathetic, but just like a Status Quo song has the same three chords, you keep making the same mistakes again, again, again, again, again, again, deeper and down. I had my doubts when you were offered a new contract, but I was willing to give you a chance to go and prove me wrong. Just like your attempts to get us out of this division, you have failed. Time to go. Manor Born
  • Score: 13

2:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

dave from witney says...

With his record of signings in the January window, I hate to think who we are going to get.
With his record of signings in the January window, I hate to think who we are going to get. dave from witney
  • Score: 10

2:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

steve mcavoy says...

For 'freshen things up' read 'I've run out of ideas.' Memories still of Morgan, Montano and Co being hopeless as our play-off place disappeared, with the demoralised Constable warming the bench. This is a step backwards and I'm disappointed the Chairman has(apparently) fallen for this.
I'm travelling down for the game on Saturday and would be delighted to be mistaken!
For 'freshen things up' read 'I've run out of ideas.' Memories still of Morgan, Montano and Co being hopeless as our play-off place disappeared, with the demoralised Constable warming the bench. This is a step backwards and I'm disappointed the Chairman has(apparently) fallen for this. I'm travelling down for the game on Saturday and would be delighted to be mistaken! steve mcavoy
  • Score: 9

3:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

learned says...

Well at last Wilder has got the message about new faces- hurray !!
Lets hope that Lenegan sanctions it.
And I do hope that we have seen the end of Smalley- I echo the above comments. A complete waste of space and never a goal scorer. Another woeful performance by him last night.
Well at last Wilder has got the message about new faces- hurray !! Lets hope that Lenegan sanctions it. And I do hope that we have seen the end of Smalley- I echo the above comments. A complete waste of space and never a goal scorer. Another woeful performance by him last night. learned
  • Score: 5

4:08pm Wed 22 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

steve mcavoy wrote:
For 'freshen things up' read 'I've run out of ideas.' Memories still of Morgan, Montano and Co being hopeless as our play-off place disappeared, with the demoralised Constable warming the bench. This is a step backwards and I'm disappointed the Chairman has(apparently) fallen for this.
I'm travelling down for the game on Saturday and would be delighted to be mistaken!
Struth...Morgan and Montano, you have just reminded us of just two of the pieces of total cr*p he has signed in the past. GOD HELP US this time.
[quote][p][bold]steve mcavoy[/bold] wrote: For 'freshen things up' read 'I've run out of ideas.' Memories still of Morgan, Montano and Co being hopeless as our play-off place disappeared, with the demoralised Constable warming the bench. This is a step backwards and I'm disappointed the Chairman has(apparently) fallen for this. I'm travelling down for the game on Saturday and would be delighted to be mistaken![/p][/quote]Struth...Morgan and Montano, you have just reminded us of just two of the pieces of total cr*p he has signed in the past. GOD HELP US this time. South Upper 87
  • Score: 8

4:56pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

We do need new strikers and have done since day 1 back in August. As others have said Wilder never brings any decent players in during January so it's a big worry but undoubtedly we need new impetus at the front. Smalley should never have been kept, Kitson is a luxury we can't afford and Beano is struggling these days, he is well down on confidence although I thought being close to the record would give him a boost but it hasn't,I think being on and off the bench and not first choice hasn't helped him. I will reserve judgement on whether or not it's a wise move until we know who has come in, that's if Mr. Lenagan signs the cheque!
We do need new strikers and have done since day 1 back in August. As others have said Wilder never brings any decent players in during January so it's a big worry but undoubtedly we need new impetus at the front. Smalley should never have been kept, Kitson is a luxury we can't afford and Beano is struggling these days, he is well down on confidence although I thought being close to the record would give him a boost but it hasn't,I think being on and off the bench and not first choice hasn't helped him. I will reserve judgement on whether or not it's a wise move until we know who has come in, that's if Mr. Lenagan signs the cheque! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

learned says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
We do need new strikers and have done since day 1 back in August. As others have said Wilder never brings any decent players in during January so it's a big worry but undoubtedly we need new impetus at the front. Smalley should never have been kept, Kitson is a luxury we can't afford and Beano is struggling these days, he is well down on confidence although I thought being close to the record would give him a boost but it hasn't,I think being on and off the bench and not first choice hasn't helped him. I will reserve judgement on whether or not it's a wise move until we know who has come in, that's if Mr. Lenagan signs the cheque!
And the last comment is the point.
Will Lenegan sanction any new signings ?
If not, a lack of ambition.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: We do need new strikers and have done since day 1 back in August. As others have said Wilder never brings any decent players in during January so it's a big worry but undoubtedly we need new impetus at the front. Smalley should never have been kept, Kitson is a luxury we can't afford and Beano is struggling these days, he is well down on confidence although I thought being close to the record would give him a boost but it hasn't,I think being on and off the bench and not first choice hasn't helped him. I will reserve judgement on whether or not it's a wise move until we know who has come in, that's if Mr. Lenagan signs the cheque![/p][/quote]And the last comment is the point. Will Lenegan sanction any new signings ? If not, a lack of ambition. learned
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

dorsetbob says...

No signings with this manager not with hes record sorry its a wasted season and we need to start again with a new manager sorry mr Lenagan HES NOT A VERY GOOD MANAGER HES AWFUL
No signings with this manager not with hes record sorry its a wasted season and we need to start again with a new manager sorry mr Lenagan HES NOT A VERY GOOD MANAGER HES AWFUL dorsetbob
  • Score: 1

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