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PREVIEW Wigan Athletic v Oxford United

Hall right now? A full preview as the U's take on Wigan

17 April 2018

Oxford United head for Wigan this evening in Sky Bet League 1.

TEAM NEWS

Boss Karl Robinson has hinted that he will make changes to the team despite beating Southend on Saturday. Curtis Nelson returned as a substitute in that game and could be in line for a start, along with Aaron Martin, as United try to avenge a record 7-0 defeat against the Latics earlier in the season.

Gino van Kessel is also likely to start while Canice Carroll, Ashley Smith-Brown and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts could all feature as Robinson shuffles the pack.

The biggest boost could be the return to action of Rob Hall though. The influential winger was due to train fully yesterday and if he came through that with no reaction this morning then he could be part of the squad tonight for the first time in 2018

iFollow has Karl's thoughts on the game where Hall pops up as guest interviewer plus we have the Preview Show, where we talk to Canice Carroll and join Manor Legend Les Robinson at a Walking Football session, all in iFollow where we have the full game live.

TICKETS 

WIGAN ATHLETIC (Sky Bet League 1)
Tuesday 17th April | 7.45pm | Sat Nav: WN5 0UN

Tickets are on sale on the night.

Prices
Adults    £22
Over 65 £15
Under 18 £8
Under 11 £5
Under 5   £2

London Road Club coaches
Depart:
Stadium 2.30pm prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury’s 2.45pm prompt

Adult member £21
Adult non-member £23
Under-18 member £19
Under-18 non-member £21

Order from the Oxford United ticket office on 01865 337533 or from www.oufctickets.co.uk

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
No alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

COVERAGE

iFollow's live video streaming service for fans overseas is available and can be bought on a yearly, monthly or match by match basis. The audio commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford is available to all subscribers, home and away, and we will have video interviews with all the key people.

There will be a report and gallery right here at the final whistle and live tweets throughout the game from @OUFCOfficial.

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Match Reports

REPORT Wigan Athletic 1 Oxford United 0

Battling United denied at the death. Full-time report

17 April 2018

Oxford United fought for all they were worth tonight but were undone by a Will Grigg goal with four minutes remaining as Wigan moved a step closer to promotion. After losing to a record 7-0 scoreline against the Latics earlier in the season, this was a completely different performance from the U's who gave it absolutely everything they had and were unlucky to lose out to sub Grigg's simple finish.

United saw Ricardinho dip a volley just wide in the very first minute and looked neat and compact from the very first whistle, with Canice Carroll doing an excellent job of closing men down and knitting things together in the middle of the pitch on his return in midfield. With Curtis Nelson looking like he had never been away alongside the always impressive Rob Dickie at the back, it was highly disciplined and turned it into a very studious, tactical game.

Simon Eastwood had to field a routine Max Power drive after 20 minutes but was otherwise untroubled in the first quarter of the game, while Gino van Kessel was looking a threat up front, constantly looking to get in behind the home defence and always willing to hassle defenders tempted to dawdle on the ball.

Wigan saw a Michael Jacobs cracker bounce harmlessly away off the face of the bar as we approached the half hour and Eastwood made a fine save from Power on 32 as the Latics started to apply pressure for the first time. The hard-working Alex Mowatt hacked a header off the line on 37 but United almost snatched the opening goal after 39 minutes when Carroll made great contact with a volley only to see the ball flash just wide of the left-hand post. That would have been harsh on the home side but at the same time United had been terrific in the first half, committed and resilient and determined to make amends for what happened earlier in the season.

It can't always be about free-flowing football, sometimes you have to dig in and fight for every ball and the men in all yellow certainly did that, even to the extent of taking off their only recognised striker before we reached the hour and asking Carroll to play as a lone front man. A word of praise for the way he went about that as well, shuttling across the pitch heroically to try and close down any defender who had the temerity to take more than one touch within 20 yards of him. Rarely has anyone run himself into the ground for the cause more than the young defender did tonight and it took a good challenge from Chey Dunkley to stop him running clear on goal after 73 minutes too.

It was frustrating the life out of the home fans and when they did get a chance Wigan found Eastwood, another one playing out of his skin, diving off his line to claim a through ball and barking out orders to the men in front. Sub Grigg fired over on 77 but Eastwood really hadn't had too many saves to make and United looked to be heading for their third clean sheet in four games, deserved for perseverance alone, until Devante Cole found space on the right and passed across Eastwood for Grigg, who simply couldn't miss.

The U's pressed for an equaliser but tired legs just couldn't force the pace, leaving Wigan to celebrate a famous late win but United to take rapturous applause from their superb fans who had given them magnificent backing once again.

A terrific game of football and plenty more encouraging signs despite the final scoreline.

Att: 8,316

Away: 445

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA

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Wigan Ticket Details

Ticket details for United's trip to Wigan on Tuesday

16 April 2018

Tickets for United's trip to Wigan Athletic this Tuesday (17th April) are on sale as follows

WIGAN ATHLETIC (Sky Bet League 1)
Tuesday 17th April | 7.45pm | Sat Nav: WN5 0UN

Tickets are on sale by phone (01865 337533) from the ticket office until 3pm on Monday 16th April and also available on the night.

Prices
Adults £22
Over 65 £15
Under 18 £8
Under 11 £5
Under 5 £2

London Road Club coaches
Depart:
Stadium 2.30pm prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury’s 2.45pm prompt

Adult member £21
Adult non-member £23
Under-18 member £19
Under-18 non-member £21

Order from the Oxford United ticket office on 01865 337533 or from www.oufctickets.co.uk

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
No alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

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