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PREVIEW Gillingham v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's Checkatrade Trophy Game

5 December 2017

Oxford United travel to Gillingham tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy. Here we have a full guide to the game.

United have Gino van Kessel available again after a hamstring problem and boss Pep Clotet must decide whether to bring him back into the squad or hold him back until Saturday's home game against Doncaster in the league. With Wes Thomas and Jon Obika both in good goalscoring form the return of van Kessel and Agon Mehmeti, who is  expected to return next week, boosts United's attacking options while in defence Sam Long and Charlie Raglan are also approaching full fitness.

Canice Carroll may return to the starting eleven tonight while young winger Malachi Napa could play some part in the game for his senior debut.

TICKETS 

Please note the 7pm kick off for this game

Prices have been reduced for this match, which is cash on the night only, to:

Adults £7
Concessions* £5
U12s free accompanied by a paying adult, additional children £5.

*Concessions are Under 18s, 65+ and students on production of a Campus card.

London Road Club Coach
Departs Stadium: 3.15pm prompt

Adult members: £17
Adult non members: £19
Under 18 members; £15
Under 18 non members: £17

Call 01865 337533 or visit www.oufctickets.co.uk to book.

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

COVERAGE

iFollow's live video streaming service for fans overseas is always available and can be bought on a yearly, monthly or match by match basis but tonight you can see the whole game LIVE in the UK as well as abroad as we test the capabilities of live streaming for just £5.

To help you enjoy the game here are a few FAQs

1. How much does it cost?

£5, but if you are already a subscriber then it is FREE as part of your package

2. Will it have commentary?

YES. There is a neutral commentator at the game who will provide live commentary on to both club's feeds.

3. Can I still listen to BBC Oxford's commentary?

YES. That is available as well

4. Is it just once camera?

NO. There are four cameras all around the ground

5. Will it work on any device?

All you need to do is download the Oxford United Official app, which is available in the Apple App store and from Google Play. We are currently unsure if it will work on Amazon Fire tablets

6. I can't get it to work. 

That's not a question! But we do have a representative of the EFL here as well as both clubs monitoring the feed and we will do our utmost to ensure the feed works as planned. If you are experiencing problems then email support@ifollow.com rather than the club.

There will be a report and gallery right here at the final whistle and live tweets throughout the game from @OUFCOfficial (which is why we can't act as customer support through the match as well!)

 

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REPORT Gillingham 1 Oxford United 2

Mowatt strike sends United through. Full time report

5 December 2017

Oxford United's remarkable record in the Checkatrade Trophy continues after Alex Mowatt's injury time winner sent them through at Gillingham tonight. Trailing early on, United hit back through Jack Payne before Mowatt rifled them into the next round in the 92nd minute.

United had the first chance of the evening when the recalled Canice Carroll fired too close to the keeper in the second minute but had already seen their former striker Josh Parker drag an effort wide of their goal before they fell behind in the ninth minute. Parker rolled Scott Wagstaff in to the area where he got into a tangle of legs with Ricardinho. Ref Charles Breakspear had a little think before pointing to the spot where Mark Byrne made no mistake.

With Parker penning United back and having two shots blocked by Aaron Martin, United were struggling to find any rhythm in the first 20 minutes but started to get Jack Payne on the ball and make inroads in the second quarter of the game. They created a good opportunity after 25 minutes when Jon Obika cleverly rolled James Henry inside a defender to force Gills keeper Stuart Nelson into a decent save, and five minutes later a neat turn from Carroll led to a good cross that a defender just nicked off the head of Alex Mowatt.

No matter, as moments later United were level after they kept the pressure on the Gills back line following that incident. Obika had a header cleared off the line from the corner and when Mousinho recycled the loose ball, Carroll again found a bit of space to set Payne in on goal. Nelson came out but was left helpless as Payne looked up and beat him with a sly curling shot into the far corner.

Honours even at the break, United saw an early chance poked wide by the otherwise excellent Henry from a perfectly placed cross from Alex Mowatt, although Parker did much the same thing from similar range at the other end after 54 minutes.

There was neat play in the midfield, no lack of endeavour and a senior debut for Malachi Napa, adding youthful energy on the right wing for the last half hour and fizzing a shot over the bar with one of his first meaningful contributions. The free-flowing open game of the first half had become a lot tighter by then though, with both defences protecting their keepers well and far fewer efforts at goal until home sub Tom Eaves forced Eastwood into his best save of the night on 70 minutes, flying to his right to push a well-struck effort away.

There was drama after 71 minutes when United invited Parker to try his luck from 25 yards and he accepted by driving the ball against the bar with Eastwood beaten. The ball bounced down on the line but as yet the technology only exists to stream games live in this competition, not to decide on goalline incidents. Probably a good thing...

Napa had a shot blocked and then looked to have been tripped inside the area but both sides seemed to have the penalty shoot-out on their minds as the game drifted towards its spot-kick finale. Except Mowatt. Two minutes into injury time he strolled on to a loose ball on the edge of the box after more good play from Napa and smashed a superb low shot past the stranded Nelson and into the bottom right corner to seal United's progress.

Last season United had three penalty shoot-outs on their way to Wembley, losing two*! This year they avoided that drama - and sometimes the luck is just on your side. They couldn't reach Wembley a third time in a row could they?

Att:1,224

Away: 62

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels, stats by OPTA

*which were still draws.

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