Oxford United: Gary Waddock frustrated by poor start

Gary Waddock

New Oxford United manager Gary Waddock says he has been frustrated by his poor start in the job.

The 52-year-old was appointed on 22 March, but has lost both of his games in charge of the League Two club.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Dagenham & Redbridge has left them in seventh, battling to stay in the play-off spots.

"It's frustrating. I've lost twice and I don't like losing but Rome was not built in a day," Waddock told BBC Radio Oxford.

The U's are now level on points with York, while the Daggers moved to within five points of the play-offs.

They lost at the weekend courtesy of deflected effort and Waddock said the manner of the goal will not help his side's confidence.

"We've had a poor run of results," he said. "Players' confidence is low and we have to rebuild it and conceding a cruel goal like that will not help.

"The players are frustrated and supporters are frustrated. Everyone is frustrated."

Oxford captain Jake Wright was involved in an altercation with a fan after the match and Waddock says that sort of incident is understandable at this point of the season.

"The players have worked very hard to get themselves in a position where they are challenging," he said.

"It is always tense this time of year. They see that finish line approaching and we just need to get over it.

"If you don't get results frustration occurs. The goal against us was cruel but this game can be cruel."

Top Stories