Sunday, 18 January 2015

Tough Next Three Games

Exeter City (home)
Form (last 5 games)- WLLLWL
Prediction- I am far from confident about this game, Paul Tisdale is an excellent manager at this level and will know exactly how to set his team up. Appleton seems lost at the minute and unless we get two or three leaders on the pitch by Saturday we will struggle. Exeter pride themselves on a superb youth set up and have some great young players, Matt Grimes an example who has just been sold to Swansea City for 1.75 million pounds. However they also have experience to balance it out, 37 year old veteran Matt Oakley will certainly offer leadership on the pitch for the Grecians. My prediction would be a draw at the very best, Exeter are a young, bright, well drilled side and Oxford will have a real game on their hands.

Stevenage (away)
Form (last 5 games)- WWDWW
Prediction- Stevenage are the form team in the division at the moment and this will be a horrid game to play at Broadhall Way, Graham Westley knows every trick in the book in how to frustrate the opposition and grind out victories. They have some very talented players as well, Tom Pett is a gem that Westley picked up from non-league Wealdstone. Stevenage also have big lumbering striker Calvin Zola among their ranks and is always a handful at this level, if Chey Dunkley plays in this game he could struggle against Zola with Dunkley's inexperience at this level proving costly. My prediction would be a narrow defeat, Stevenage will take the lead early and time waste for the remainder. We will all be waiting for their infamous drinks break.

Luton Town (home)
Form (last 5 games)- WDLDD
Prediction- We will lose. Simple as that. Luton have one the best squads in the league as well as one the most experienced managers in John Still. They look good at home and away however we will be thankful that Luke Guttridge is injured, he always seems to score against us. This won't stop good attacking options in Jayden Stockley and Mark Cullen though, who can both get goals at this level. I think this one could be extremely difficult, I think Luton could beat us 3 or 4-0. I will obviously still go though.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

7 Reasons Why Appleton Should Be Sacked

First of all can I initially apologise for he lack of blogs recently I have been busy and on occasion frankly too depressed to post after Oxford's recent performances.

1- Too many poor signings Junior Brown, Alex Jakubiak, Carlton Morris, Brian Howard, George Long, Joe Riley were all Michael Appleton summer signings that have left the club. Considering Exeter City only signed two players in the summer how can we possibly afford to have 6 that only played half a season. It's a joke.

2- No shape in the team The players looked so confused today, not knowing where they were playing or how they were supposed to be playing. It was a farce at times.

3- Terrible track record Failed at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn. That is a dark cloud looming over his head that may put him under extra pressure, knowing if he doesn't succeed at Oxford his management career could well be over. This isn't healthy and could be a small factor in why Oxford are faltering.

4- No touchline influence I am all for being sensible and calm on the touchline but I disagree with someone who doesn't say much or anything at all. I do want a bit of passion from the manager as well, I just can't envisage Appleton inspiring players in the dressing room.

5- Unacceptable criticism of the club's fans Appleton blaming the fans for the clubs troubles is desperate, weak and taking no responsibility. I found the interview where he revealed his views about the supporters baffling.

6- Delighted with Dagenham game? The fact he was happy with the performance at Dagenham is enough in itself for Appleton to be sacked. It was a boring, dull game where we created very little. After losing the previous home game, a bore draw against a struggling Dageham is far from delightful

7- Three centre halves, really?
I honestly have no words for this. 3 CENTRE HALVES DOESN'T WORK.