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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bury

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at Grenoble Road

19 January 2018

Oxford United look to build on two wins from two home games in 2018 when they welcome Bury.

TEAM NEWS

New signings Rob Dickie, Cameron Brannagan and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts will all be hoping for their debuts as United welcome the Shakers. Brannagan and Buckley-Ricketts have had a full week of training and are likely to be in the squad for the first time after joining from Liverpool and Manchester City, with a space in the team opening up following Jack Payne's move to Blackburn.

Left-back Ricardinho serves the last game of his three match ban so Dwight Tiendalli will continue on that side of defence while the U's will wait to see if Ryan Ledson shakes off a virus that has affected him this week after he missed last Saturday's game at Walsall with a knee problem.

Rob Hall and Joe Rothwell are doing well after long term injuries and are now  back out on the training pitches doing light work while Ivo Pekalski is ahead of them in his recovery and starting to join full training. Read a full update from Physio Andrew Proctor in the matchday programme 

See Pep Clotet's thoughts full plus an interview with Josh Ruffels, then see/hear the whole game in iFollow.

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale online at www.oufctickets.co.uk 24/7 and from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533).

THE PROGRAMME

The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Darryl Eales, Pep Clotet and Curtis Nelson plus a great interview with Jon Obika. We also go On the Road to Walsall, catch up with Guest of Honour Mark Druce and we have news and views from all areas of the club and remember you can always read the programme on your phone, tablet or laptop. Each issue is available at matchdayfix.com/oufc/

FOLLOW IT LIVE

iFollow has the whole game live- hear it if you are in the UK, see it if abroad. You can sign up game by game or for the whole season, and we have full 90 minute reruns of every game.

@OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game and the match centre on this site gives you full stats and text commentary throughout the match. 

The official report gors live with a full Gallery right here on the final whistle.

 HALF TIME

The JT's Golden Ticket half time draw offers a first prize of up to £750. Second prize is a £100 voucher for the Oxford United club shop, while third prize is a VIP package at JT’s Cocktail Bar.

Look out too for the Racehut Challenge at half time.

GETTING HERE

Parking

  • East Stand car park - this will open to supporters at midday
  • A car park steward will count vehicles in and the car park will be closed when it is full.
  • Another car park steward will direct drivers to a bay to ensure spaces are filled up systematically; drivers are no longer allowed to park outside of the marked bays.
  • A tweet will go out from @OUFCOfficial to update supporters when the car park is full to allow them to make alternative arrangements.

Additional parking is available on Grenoble Road and in Sandford on Thames.

FAMILY ROOM

The Family Room is open to young fans from all stands. There are games and activities for all ages plus visits from first team players. Join the fun in the corner of the East and North stands from 1.30pm

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REPORT Oxford United 1 Bury 2

United beaten by the Shakers. Full time report

20 January 2018

Oxford United were beaten by Bury this afternoon as two goals in the last ten minutes gave the Shakers victory. A James Henry goal looked to be sending United towards a win but subs George Miller and Harry Bunn turned the game on its head to give Ryan Lowe a debut win.

Agon Mehmeti almost made an instant impact on his return to the starting line up, denied by a superb sliding tackle just as he looked set to tuck a Henry through ball beyond visiting keeper Connor Ripley. Isaac Buckley-Ricketts then tested the keeper's handling on a wet and slippery surface with a low effort in the sixth minute.

The Shakers looked to shake it up after not scoring in their last eight league games and rattled the post in the 14th minute when a Chris Maguire corner pinballed dangerously around in the six yard box and flew off Mousinho before bouncing safely away.

With Zeli Ismail a constant nuisance on the right wing they looked dangerous. Ismail had the away fans howling for a penalty when Dwight Tiendalli challenged him on 26 and the lively Danny Mayor fired straight at Simon Eastwood two minutes later as Bury responded well to their change of Manager earlier in the week. Talking of changes, ref Rob Lewis lasted 34 minutes before limping off and being replaced by fourth official Adrian Waters.

United were patient, with much of the play going through Alex Mowatt in central midfield, but it took until the 45th minute for that patience to pay off. Buckley-Ricketts has bags of pace and looked good going forward, but this time showed a bit of strength when he won a challenge and set Tiendalli free on the left of the box. The Dutch right-back drilled a low cross along the six-yard box and Mehmeti cleverly stepped over the ball to allow it to travel to the back post where Henry hoovered up a simple finish.

Ripley, believe it or not, made a superb save seven minutes after the break which perhaps turned the course of the game. Jon Obika let fly with a superb first-time effort that was arrowing towards the top-left corner before Ripley flew to his right to push it away.

Buckley-Ricketts caused problems with a cross just after the hour as United pressed but Bury were still in the game at 1-0 despite United looking comfortable at the back for much of the game.

Henry fired just over on 72 and Bury were leaving more gaps for the Yellows to exploit as the game ticked on but on 80 minutes United were guilty of undoing much of their hard work when Tiendalli needlessly conceded a throw with a back pass that Eastwood couldn't keep in play. With a sickening inevitability the ball dropped inside the six-yard box and George Miller had a simple task of rolling it home from five yards out.

On 84 minutes it got worse. Bury hadn't scored in over 800 minutes but made it two in four minutes when sub Harry Bunn was granted the freedom of the penalty area from a simple clipped ball over the top that picked him out with just Eastwood in front of him. A low shot and it was 2-1 to the Shakers and back-to-back defeats for United.

Att: 6,475

Away: 191

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

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