Gary Waddock: Oxford boss urges positive response to Southend loss

Gary Waddock

New Oxford United boss Gary Waddock has called for a positive response after their 3-0 defeat by Southend.

The game was Waddock's first in charge, but he has ruled out any rash moves in the loan market because of the result.

"The players have got us in this position (sixth) in terms of the league table, so they have done something right we have to put this game to bed and learn from it.

"It's about reaction and reacting positively," he told BBC Oxford.

The result further dented Oxford's hopes of an automatic promotion place - they trail third-placed Chesterfield by eight points - and gave the teams below them the chance to close the gap.

Former Wycombe boss Waddock admitted it was the worst possible way to start his tenure at the Kassam Stadium.

"It was a very disappointing performance and I feel for the supporters who travelled as it is disappointing for them," the 52-year-old said,

"I wanted to do better and it was not the best evening. I don't know whether it's because the cameras were here and they were trying to impress too much.

"The players are disappointed and we will have to address all of that."

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