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16 December 2017 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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PREVIEW Rochdale v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's game at Spotland

15 December 2017

Oxford United look to continue their good form as they head for Rochdale in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

United have no new injury worries and welcome Gino van Kessel back after a hamstring problem. The Curacao international has been in full training for two weeks now and although not risked in the 1-0 win over Doncaster last weekend is expected to return to the bench for the U's.

Agon Mehmeti is maybe a week behind while Charlie Raglan and Sam Long should also be available to return to action soon.

Left back Ricardinho is the happiest man at the club after the safe arrival of his baby son on Wednesday- our congratulations to him and his family.

 TICKETS 

Tickets are available on the day but any pre-ordered need to be collected from the ticket office at Oxford United by 3pm on Friday 15th December. 

Oxford United supporters will be housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand and the tickets will be unreserved seating.

Prices

Adults: £22

*65 and over: £16

*21 and under: £16

*16 and under: £5

*Two and under: FREE

Ambulant disabled are charged at the appropriate age band. Should they need a full-time carer the carer will be admitted free of charge. Proof of carer status or middle to higher band of disability is required.

Wheelchair users are charged the concession price (£16) with carer free of charge.

*Any supporter who is in possession of a concession ticket on match day who is not believed to qualify for the relevant concession will be directed to the Rochdale ticket office to pay the upgrade amount to the full adult ticket price. Therefore it is suggested that all concessions bring with them proof of their qualification for a concession ticket.

LONDON ROAD COACHES

Depart Stadium: 9.15am prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury's: 9.30am prompt

Adult members: £21

Adult non-members: £23

U18 members: £19

U18 non-members: £21

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 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 Rochdale 0 Oxford United 0

U's pick up a point. Full time report

16 December 2017

Oxford United extended their unbeaten run to four games as they ground out a 0-0 draw at a frozen Spotland this afternoon. A hard-fought 90 minutes saw the U's battle hard to keep their impressive away form going but for once they could find no route to goal as they drew 0-0 for the first time this season.

With fewer than ten sleeps till Christmas, United almost presented Dale with an early gift, Simon Eastwood flying to his left to push a fifth-minute back-post header from Steven Davies round the post. They then settled down and started to play some nice attacking football - only a great tackle prevented James Henry getting a shot away a minute later as the game opened brightly.

Eastwood pulled off another decent save when Callum Camps let fly from 25 yards after a pleasingly similar 25 minutes but the biggest danger appeared to be from set pieces, where United gave away too many too cheaply in the early stages to give Rochdale the chance to deliver the ball from dangerous areas - Eastwood again pushing away a Camps free kick on the half hour.

That said, United’s back line were solid enough, Canice Carroll doing well at left back as a replacement for Ricardinho, who missed the game after the birth of his son this week. With the midfield working hard and Jack Payne knitting things together in typical industrious style, the U’s were resilient without being quite at their fluent best as they reached the half-time break on level terms.

The U’s have scored more than twice as many goals in the second half as in the first half of games this season and Xemi Fernandez went close with the first effort of the second half, placing a low drive just wide after a terrific run across the face of the Dale defence. Eastwood again came to the rescue though on 50 when Joseph Bunney caught United on the hop and burrowed through the defence, coming within a hare’s breadth of finding the opener with a low volley which Eastwood somehow kept out.

Top scorer Wes Thomas pinged a low effort through a sea of legs on 55 to force home keeper Lillis into a smart save but it took a terrific block from skipper John Mousinho to keep it at 0-0 soon after and then a leaping header from Mike Williamson to nod a Matthew Done effort off the line as we reached the hour mark.

Joe Rothwell and Gino van Kessel were thrown on to try and turn a draw into a win, and given United's penchant for late drama there was always hope, but both teams started to tighten up in defence in the last ten minutes and this time there was no grand finale despite late pressure from the visitors.

A draw, another point away from home and United reach Christmas in good shape on the heels of the leaders. A lot can happen over the next couple of weeks: join us next Saturday when the U's welcome Wigan Athletic to Grenoble Road.

Att: 2,588

Away: Number TBC, but brilliant

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

See highlights and reaction in iFollow.

* yes, I KNOW it should be hair. Merry Christmas.

 

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket Details

Travel and Ticket information for Saturday at Spotland

11 December 2017

Tickets for Oxford United's trip to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday 16th December (kick-off 3pm) are on sale now.

Tickets are available ONLY from the Oxford United ticket office and will NOT be posted out, so need to be collected from the ticket office by 3pm on Friday 15th December. Tickets will also be available on the day of the match from the Crown Oil Arena.

Oxford United supporters will be housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand and the tickets will be unreserved seating.

We spoke with Rochdale this afternoon (Monday) and the covers have been on the pitch since Thursday. There has generally been less snow in the north of England than seen in Oxfordshire and the forecast is for better weather towards the end of the week, but keep an eye here and on @OUFCOfficial for updates ahead of the game.

Prices

Adults: £22

*65 and over: £16

*21 and under: £16

*16 and under: £5

*Two and under: FREE

Ambulant disabled are charged at the appropriate age band. Should they need a full-time carer the carer will be admitted free of charge. Proof of carer status or middle to higher band of disability is required.

Wheelchair users are charged the concession price (£16) with carer free of charge.

*Any supporter who is in possession of a concession ticket on match day who is not believed to qualify for the relevant concession will be directed to the Rochdale ticket office to pay the upgrade amount to the full adult ticket price. Therefore it is suggested that all concessions bring with them proof of their qualification for a concession ticket.

LONDON ROAD COACHES

Depart Stadium: 9.15am prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury's: 9.30am prompt

Adult members: £21

Adult non-members: £23

U18 members: £19

U18 non-members: £21

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 coaches.

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