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Sep 30, 2018, 9:47 PM
Saturday morning's Oxford Mail...
Re: [oxpete] Oxford United 4 straight defeats but most fans are happy- at the moment
"Oxford United Must Silence Doubters, Says John Mousinho"
Saturday afternoon's scoreline...
AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Oxford United and another dreadful performance.
After the match, there was more of that "We're better than this" talk on the radio and on the Oxford Mail website, and yet the fans are already lost to it. Earlier this season, his post-match comments were always along the lines of losing to the top teams (Barnsley, Pompey, Fleetwood) is not necessarily a bad thing, because everyone else still has to play them (and presumably lose as well). But now OUFC are losing to the lower teams too - Wimbledon hadn't won at home all season before this match, but OUFC lost despite having plenty of possession. And he's not helped his corner by going on about the good performance v. Manchester City or the meaningless wins v. Newport and Fulham U21s. These matches really do not matter when you're second-bottom. His next problem is going to be running out of excuses...
Now Robinson is on about bringing in more back-room staff, but do you really let someone making a right pig's meal of your club bring in even MORE baggage? He's been unlucky with the injury to goalkeeper Eastwood, but many of the other players are his own signings, and they're proving out of their depth week after week, especially upfront. Unfortunately, I can't help but think that Chairman Tiger needs to take some responsibility for all this. He badly dragged his feet in the painfully slow process of recruiting Robinson as manager in the first place, and had the cheek to make it a long drawn-out drum-roll that he called the WOW factor! It made him look stupid and out-of-touch at the time, and now looks even worse. Even if/when Robinson goes, I wouldn't trust Tiger to get it right next time either.
Robinson has two matches at most (if he's lucky) to get it right, and getting it right probably means six points or else. Those two matches are at home to Luton Town on Tuesday night and away at Southend United next Saturday (both at midtable, in 12th and 13th) - Luton in particular will be a difficult match - there'll be a large away following, and if the match turns against Oxford early on, I can see the home crowd turning ugly. If Tiger gives Robinson the bullet, it'll give the new incumbent (presuming they're already considering someone?) winnable matches to start off with: home to Cobblers in the Checkatrade, and then the vitally important match at home to bottom-placed Plymouth on Saturday 13th. Unless Robinson turns things around fast, I doubt he'll be given the opportunity to cock up that one, too.
Oxford United are still second-bottom of League One, with five points and seven defeats from ten league matches this season.
Karl Robinson's win ratio at Oxford United is 29.2%, with seven wins from twenty-four matches.
(This post was edited by oxpete on Sep 30, 2018, 10:13 PM)