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  • "Sorry that's just a f*cking insult to loyal Oxford fans - Thomas and Wilder get over yourselves you are not bigger than the club and certainly not the week-in week-out mugs like myself who pay your wages!

    'performances haven't been terrible'
    What planet are you on?! They've been rubbish since since the turn of the new year and the last time I can say I saw Oxford perform with any real conviction (Swindon game aside) was AFC Wimbledon away.
    I expect better than 'not been terrible' in fact I expect 100% from you, the coaching staff, chairman and players. It costs me and fellow Oxford fans thousands of pounds a season in ticket money, petrol, food and drink, programmes and giving money to the club for things like the 12th man to be presented with performances like Port Vale, Torquay, Gillingham, Morecambe - essential, winnable games and what happens? Excuse on excuse.
    I want 100% from the top on down -
    I want to hear how purchasing the stadium is going, with a target date for completion.
    I want to hear about a scouting network and links to local sides; look at Brackley, look at Oxford City; have we spotted some talent from them?
    I want to see new coaches getting hired, those with experience, who can train the strikers to hit the back of the net and the midfielders complete more passes.
    I want to see the future prospects of the clubs; the youth players and them being given the opportunity in the first team over loan signings.
    I want honest players; those that train hard and give it their all on a match day and a dedicated manager who punishes those that don't.

    When I start to see those things I'll start believing that Kelvin Thomas and Chris Wilder are the people to get this club back to what it once was."
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We went out with a whimper, says Oxford chairman Thomas

Peter Leven sums up the feeling shared by Oxford United’s players, management, staff and fans after their play-off dream ended at Port Vale on Saturday

Peter Leven sums up the feeling shared by Oxford United’s players, management, staff and fans after their play-off dream ended at Port Vale on Saturday

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

Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas will be looking to help recruit some “stronger” players during the summer in a bid to avoid a repeat of this season’s disappointing finish.

A 3-0 defeat at Port Vale on the final day extended United’s winless run to seven games – with only rock bottom Macclesfield Town below them in the npower League Two’s form table during the run-in.

It saw the U’s blow a four-point cushion over Crewe Alexandra, whose 16-game unbeaten run saw them finish four points in front to set up a play-off semi-final against Southend United.

Thomas, who felt performances earlier in the season were worthy of a side heading for automatic promotion, was dejected with the way the season panned out.

“We’re all disappointed with the way we’ve finished and (against Port Vale) we went out with a bit of a whimper, so we’ve got to put that right,” he said.

“This is a setback really and we’ve got to see how we come back from it.

“We’ve got to find some stronger players who can finish the season off better.”

The U’s chief stressed it was important not to over-react and did not expect wholesale changes to the playing staff during the close season.

Thomas will be meeting manager Chris Wilder this week to begin the task of learning from the season to make sure improvements are made in time for the new campaign.

He said: “We’ve got to be fitter and stronger.

“We’ve had too many injuries and we’ve got to look at the department as a whole, from the playing side and look at how to improve.

“I think over the last seven or eight games the performances haven’t been terrible, but we haven’t scored when we needed to and I don’t think we’ve finished strongly enough, that’s plain to see.

“We are low and hurting as a football club. But we will be positive, this isn’t a case of clearing everything out and starting again.

“We’ve improved on last season – not by enough – but we have to use those experiences to get better.”

l Port Vale v United match report: Pages 38-39 l More reaction: Page 37 l The four games United will rue: Page 36

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