2 potential winners and losers from Michael Appleton’s appointment as manager

Loser: Callum Connolly

Courtesy Graham Burrell

I don’t do scapegoats, but this weekend’s result has done a lot of players damage. They had a chance to show the new manager what they could do and across the pitch they failed horribly.

Oxford are not a great side; I don’t believe they’ll be in the top ten this season and before they smashed us to pieces they’d struggled to score goals. If we’d had a two-man midfield that tackled, harassed and harried, they wouldn’t have scored six; they might not have scored three.

I don’t believe Connolly’s introduction is the catalyst for our poor form; he’s joined at a tough time and it’s easy to point to him and claim it’s his fualt. It’s not. However, when you allow Tariqe Fosu to glide effortlessly past you en route to bagging his hattrick, you’ve left yoursefl open to all sorts of criticism.

We needed a leader this weekend. With no Bozzy and no O’Connor, Shacks didn’t deliver and I’m told the midfield two ‘lacked heart’. I firmly believe Joe Morrell will play this Friday, he’s talented and has rarely let us down this season but Connolly I’m not so sure about. Whilst Michael Appleton might look for experience and solidity in the centre of the park, a ball-playing midfielder from the top flight could well be the unlucky loser.


  1. Interesting also if Vickers will keep his place. Probably yes as he is a bit better than Smith but very inconsistent too. His recent form is a joke and costed us many goals…..

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