Wilder feels the heat after abysmal month at the Kassam Stadium
To lose every league game in a month was a big blow and the fans have certainly voiced their concerns with a section of the crowd calling for Chris Wilder to be sacked.
However most of us have backed Wilder and the team from the stands, not allowing the negativity to take over and this was more so last Tuesday against AFC Wimbledon.
It was recognised by the club as one of the reasons for the change in fortunes last week when United finally overcame their losing streak.
The crowd was so loud and backed the yellows all night, more so when we were 2-1 down, but there was still a small section of the ‘supporters’ who chose to boo and chant “Wilder out”. Things got quite heated about the two opposing views and at one point in the middle of the game two supporters squared up to each other in the East Stand.
Wilder has been quite the talking point in the last few weeks and he’s definitely splitting opinions at the moment. There are valid arguments for both sides to the coin but should he still be in the United hot seat?
In terms of pro-Wilder the argument is that he has proven he can get us promoted, and has brought in a brilliant set of players which would have given us a superb team, had it not been for yet another injury crisis.
We can play some fantastic football at times and it’s been a few silly mistakes that cost us matches. It is understandable too that some fans are against Wilder, claiming that he cannot get us promoted from League Two, has lost the dressing room and falls out with players far too easily.
One big problem has been his insistence of playing strikers out of position and then wondering why they don’t perform (Jack Midson the prime example).
Despite what you may think of Wilder, he is still in charge at the moment and we should all be backing him until the situation changes.
On the plus side, results have started to pick up and with a win against Wimbledon, and a draw against table topping Gillingham. The game against the Gills was a much-improved performance with Ryan Clarke a stand out performer, along with new loanee John Mullins.
Clarke has been having a difficult time of late in goal, but it was good to see him back to his best pulling off a string of fantastic saves, including a superb double stop in the first half. Mullins came in and looked as if he had been playing with the team all year, and would have been man of the match had it not been for the impressive keeper.
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