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PREVIEW Walsall v Oxford United

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

12 January 2018

Oxford United head for Walsall on Saturday. Here we have a full guide to the game.

TEAM NEWS

United have three new faces available with Rob Dickie, Cameron Brannagan and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts all hoping to be included.

Dickie was on the bench for the win over Blackpool last Saturday but then cup-tied for the Checkatrade Trophy victory at Charlton. Defensive duo Aaron Martin and Mike Williamson were outstanding in that game and with skipper John Mousinho available after injury and Charlie Raglan making a first appearance on the bench last week Manager Pep Clotet has plenty of options.

Left back Ricardinho is suspended, with Dwight Tiendalli likely to replace him, but Josh Ruffels returns to the squad after being rested on Tuesday.

With Brannagan and Buckley-Ricketts training with their new teammates for the first time today and Agon Mehmeti scoring from the spot and Malachi Napa impressing at Charlton there are plenty of attacking options for the U's where top scorer Wes Thomas and in-form Jon Obika, with three goals in three games, will be looking to continue their blossoming partnership.

Simon Eastwood should be available again after a shoulder injury but Joe Rothwell (hamstring), Rob Hall (knee) Curtis Nelson (achilles) and Ivo Pekalski (knee) remain on the sidelines.

TICKETS 

This game is our Family Away Day with free coach tickets for all under 15s and time is running out to book your place. You can book until 3pm on Friday.

There are two steps to book.

Step 1 - Book Tickets

A Family Ticket (one adult and junior) is available for  £22.50 

Extra junior to family ticket is £11

These tickets are only available to purchase directly from the Walsall ticket office in advance of the game and tickets must be collected from the Walsall ticket office on the day of the game. Please carry proof of age, as this may be requested when the tickets are collected. The Walsall ticket office numbers are: 01922 651414 and 01922 651416.

Step 2 - Book the Coach

This leaves the stadium at 11.15 am* and you can book your place by calling 01865 337533. Please note that up to three under 15s may accompany an adult. An adult price on the Family Bus is £9 if your child is an #OX4Life member or the same as the London Road buses.

Please request to be on the Family Coach when booking.

Match Tickets - non Family

Tickets can be bought online at www.oufctickets.co.uk and from the ticket office by phone (01865 337533) and in person.

Please note that ticket prices increase by £2 on the day of the game.

Advance prices
Adults: £20.50
Under 18 and 60+: £15.50

London Road Coaches

Depart: Stadium: 11.15am prompt; Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 11.30am prompt
Adult members: £16
Adult non-members: £18
U18 members: £14
U18 non-members: £16

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.

*please note that the Family Coach will not be picking up at Kidlington

 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 Walsall 2 Oxford United 1

U's slip at Saddlers. Full time report

13 January 2018

Oxford United lost for the first time in 2018 this afternoon when goals from Amadou Bakayoko and Erhun Oztumer plus a string of fine saves from keeper Liam Roberts earned Walsall a 2-1 win despite a fine Alex Mowatt goal for the U's.

United, all in black, needed returning skipper John Mousinho and his centre-half partner Aaron Martin to combine to clear a fifth-minute effort from almost under the bar but then started to hit their stride and cause problems for the home defence. Martin almost found the breakthrough with a downwards header on 12 minutes from a well-flighted free kick from Alex Mowatt, playing in central midfield after impressing in the Checkatrade Trophy game at Charlton in midweek.

Always comfortable on the ball, United enjoyed the bulk of the possession in the first half hour, forcing corners and sending in a string of dangerous crosses and James Henry, back in the side, almost put them ahead after 25 minutes after clever play from Jack Payne set him free inside the box. His stabbed effort was well saved by home keeper Roberts, who then made an even better stop when Wes Thomas’s header looked destined for the corner of the net until the keeper reached it at full stretch. No fault of the striker, whose header was firm and true, just an excellent stop and two crucial saves that turned the game Walsall's way.

United had done well but on 33 minutes they were behind from a clever piece of thinking from the Saddlers. Awarded a free kick just outside the box, they took it quickly and United’s defence were on the backfoot when the cross came in from the left and Bakayoko had a simple task to knock the ball in at the back post. (I think that it might have been with his shin in the end but no matter. 1-0).

Three minutes into the second half the task became twice as hard when the excellent Oztumer scored the second. Challenging Mousinho for a bouncing ball Oztumer reacted swiftly to reach the second ball and lob a speculative effort goalwards. Eastwood was well off his line and reached up a hand to make a save but the ball continued on its goalbound trajectory and trickled over the line despite the keeper’s best efforts to get back and smother it.

Eastwood then had to make a decent save from a rising Joe Edwards effort after 50 minutes and Mousinho threw himself in the way of a Bakayoko effort on the hour to keep the U's in the game before Mowatt gave them real hope on 70 with a terrific goal.

Taking responsibility for a free kick right on the D, Mowatt curled a left-footed drive round the wall and beyond Roberts to make it 2-1 and game on.

Obika then should have levelled things when a magnificent ball from Henry sent him through on goal. Roberts spread himself and Obika was denied by the keeper's outstretched arm as he tried to go round him. That was nothing. On 76 Roberts made the best save of the lot when he somehow got the tips of his fingers to a Henry drive that was heading for the top corner otherwise.

United were pouring forward and the game was being played exclusively in front of the magnificent away fans - those youngsters on the Family Away Day surely loved the drama? Obika and sub Agon Mehmeti went agonisingly close but it was one of those days where United just could not find a late goal.

A double for Walsall but when the home keeper is Man of the Match you know you've done OK.

Att: 4,569

Away:1,125


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

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Ticket News

Family Away Day - Last Chance To Book

Still time to book FREE TRAVEL for under 15s to Walsall

12 January 2018

This Saturday is Family Away Day at Walsall.

This game is our Family Away day with free coach tickets for all under 15s and time is running out to book your place. You can book until 3pm on Friday.

This year we have a special double-decker coach along to give as many families as possible the opportunity to take part in this great day. Huge thanks must go to the Supporters Trust, OxVox, with whose generous help we’re able to offer free travel to all under 15s, as well as reduced rates for parents of children in our #Ox4Life membership scheme.

On board there will be fun and games, as well as some special guests taking questions, and we even have some secret money-can’t-buy prizes to be given away. Thanks to our fantastic sponsors Liontrust (who are yet again backing this great initiative) we’re able to give out goodie bags to every child on board, including the ever-popular cuddly George toy!

The day has been made possible by amazing and generous contributions from Liontrust, OxVox and the Yellow Army.

There are two steps to book.

Step 1 - Book Tickets

A Family ticket (one adult and junior) is available for  £22.50 

Extra junior to family ticket is £11

These tickets are only available to purchase directly from the Walsall ticket office in advance of the game and tickets must be collected from the Walsall ticket office on the day of the game. Please carry proof of age, as this may be requested when the tickets are collected. The Walsall ticket office numbers are: 01922 651414 and 01922 651416.

Step 2 - Book the Coach

This leaves the stadium at 11.15 am* and you can book your place by calling 01865 337533. Please note that up to three under 15s may accompany an adult. An adult price on the Family Bus is £9 if your child is an #OX4Life member or the same as the London Road buses.

Please request to be on the Family Coach when booking.

Match Tickets - non Family

Tickets can be bought online at www.oufctickets.co.uk and from the ticket office by phone (01865 337533) and in person.

Please note that ticket prices increase by £2 on the day of the game.

Advance prices
Adults: £20.50
Under 18 and 60+: £15.50

London Road Coaches

Depart: Stadium: 11.15am prompt; Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 11.30am prompt
Adult members: £16
Adult non-members: £18
U18 members: £14
U18 non-members: £16

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.

*please note that the Family Coach will not be picking up at Kidlington

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