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PREVIEW Bradford City v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's game at Valley Parade

29 December 2017

Oxford United travel to Bradford City in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday. Here we have a full Match Pack ahead of the game.

TEAM NEWS

United have no new injury worries after the 1-1 draw at Gillingham on Boxing Day but Manager Pep Clotet has plenty of options after making six changes for that game. United switched to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation at Priestfield and Pep must decide whether to stick with that shape or revert to his usual system with Jack Payne in behind a front man.

Agon Mehmeti is back in contention after a hamstring problem while Charlie Raglan and Sam Long are both likely to be available from the new year, leaving just Rob Hall, Curtis Nelson and Ivo Pekalski on the sidelines.

TICKETS 

Oxford United supporters will be located in the TL Dallas (South) Stand. Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased from the ticket office in person or by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 29th December.

Please note that adult prices increase by £5 on the day of the game, so you can save money by buying in advance.

Advance prices
Adults: £20
Over 60/Students: £15
Under 16: £10
Under 11: £5

Bradford City operate a policy of not permitting entry to those aged under two years old.

Disabled fans must be in receipt of DLA at the higher or mid-levels or PIP to qualify for a free carer ticket. Disabled fans pay the age-related price.

London Road Coaches
Depart Stadium: 9am prompt, Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 9.15am prompt

Adult member: £21
Adult non-member: £23
U18 member: £19
U18 non-member: £21

Order from the ticket office (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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REPORT Bradford City 3 Oxford United 2

Battling U's beaten by Bantams. Full time report from Valley Parade

30 December 2017

Oxford United were beaten by Bradford City this afternoon as they ended 2017 with a 3-2 defeat at Valley Parade. Having conceded in just the second minute, United fought back and drew level through Canice Carroll's first goal for the club but two goals in quick succession from Shay McCartan and Timothee Dieng condemned the U's to their first away defeat in the league since October, despite a goal from Jon Obika setting up a pulsating finish.

United could not have got off to a worse start even if there had already been loud appeals for a penalty in the first 30 seconds before ref Eddie Ilderton pointed for a corner instead. Same difference as it turned out because the ball in from the right wasn’t cleared and Charlie Wyke thumped home from eight yards to make it 1-0.

United, all in black, responded well to such an early setback and almost replied immediately when Obika prodded a Ricardinho cross wide in the fifth minute and the same player then went even closer two minutes later as he struck a Gino van Kessel through ball beyond the diving Rouven Sattelmaier but also just past the far post. However, even that silver lining had a cloud with Joe Rothwell injured in the build up and having to limp off with what appeared to be a groin problem.

Bradford dominated the chances and had a Luke Hendrie effort deflected wide on 16 minutes before Wyke nodded a Tyrell Robinson cross just over the top a minute later but United were fighting for every ball as they tried to get back into the game; sub James Henry rescued them when Dieng forced an effort past Eastwood on 28 and the keeper then made three excellent saves, first from a Kilgallon effort from the corner and then to deny Wyke and Law.

United had undeniably been under the cosh but were still dangerous on the break and a Josh Ruffels effort from 25 yards tested Sattelmaier before the overworked Eastwood was forced into action once again to keep a McCartan shot out and preserve the 1-0 lead.

That looked fragile when Wes Thomas stole in behind the home defence but couldn’t beat the keeper in the last minutes of the first half and even more so when a Henry effort looped off a leg, beat the keeper and dropped agonisingly wide in the very last minute of a first half that had seen United stay in the game but glad to see the heroic Eastwood enjoy his return to his former club with another excellent save to touch the ball over the bar with the very last touch of the half.

United had refused to be bewitched or intimidated and five minutes into the second half their perseverance paid off to give them hope when they drew level. Ricardinho flighted a corner into the box and Carroll escaped his markers to flick a header across the face of goal and inside the far post for his first goal for the club.

Sadly, the lead was short-lived as within five minutes Bradford had their noses in front again. McCartan was given too much space 25 yards out and let fly with a low effort that finally beat Eastwood and made it 2-1. On 59 minutes it was 3-1 and seemingly the end for the U’s when Dieng was suspiciously left all alone six yards out and had the simplest of tasks to head down and past the stranded Eastwood to make it 3-1 and give the Bantams a two-goal cushion for the first time.

Obika and van Kessel both had chances to reduce the deficit, the latter again testing the keeper's handling with two low efforts just after the hour mark, and Bradford seemed nervous after back-to-back defeats over Christmas. United kept going at them and with 15 minutes to go were back in the game when Henry nutmegged his way to the line and cut the ball back for Obika to slam home a goal he deserved for his selfless leading of the line, setting up a late charge for the U's as they tried to force a draw.

Subs Agon Mehmeti and Jack Payne added fresh legs and clever flicks to try and salvage a point as the game went end to end but Bradford are a good side and were able to manage the game cleverly to give them an important home win in front of almost 20,000 people, despite a stoppage-time red card for Wyke for a lunging challenge on Carroll that only heightened the drama.

Not too much wrong with the spirit or effort from United, but a sloppy start and a couple of soft goals had cost them dear and they will now look to start 2018 with a win over the MK Dons at Grenoble Road on New Year's Day.

Att: 19,691

Away: 404

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

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Bradford City Ticket Details

Details for United's trip to Valley Parade on Saturday

27 December 2017

United visit Bradford City in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 30th December (3pm kick-off).

Oxford United supporters will be located in the TL Dallas (South) Stand. Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased from the ticket office in person or by phone (01865 337533) from 9.30am on Thursday 28th December until 3pm on Friday 29th December.

Please note that the Ticket office and Club Offices are closed on Wednesday 27th December.

Please note that adult prices increase by £5 on the day of the game, so you can save money by buying in advance.

Advance prices
Adults: £20
Over 60/Students: £15
Under 16: £10
Under 11: £5

Bradford City operate a policy of not permitting entry to those aged under two years old.

Disabled fans must be in receipt of DLA at the higher or mid-levels or PIP to qualify for a free carer ticket. Disabled fans pay the age-related price.

London Road Coaches
Depart Stadium: 9am prompt, Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 9.15am prompt

Adult member: £21
Adult non-member: £23
U18 member: £19
U18 non-member: £21

Order from the ticket office (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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