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25 March 2018 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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PREVIEW Portsmouth v Oxford United

A full guide to Sunday's game at Fratton Park

23 March 2018

Karl Robinson starts life as the new Head Coach at the U's with a trip to Portsmouth on Sunday in front of the SKY cameras. United's new boss looks for his side to win back to back games after the 2-1 win over Peterborough United last Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

Robinson will be able to call on top scorer Wes Thomas despite the striker limping off in last weekend's win. Thomas was caught in a challenge but has trained all week and is available for selection against his former club, with Jon Obika also likely to be available. The forward is due to train today after also hobbling off last week.

Robinson is without Gino van Kessel, Canice Carroll and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts due to their international commitments, with Shandon Baptiste also away with Grenada. However Agon Mehmeti netted four times in a Development game this week and should return to the bench where Ivo Pekalski could appear for the first time

iFollow has Karl's thoughts on the game plus an interview with James Henry AND the return of the dreaded Preview Show, where Wes Thomas, Ryan Ledson, Alex Mowatt and Niall McWilliams all feature in amongst the chaos.

TICKETS 

PORTSMOUTH (Sky Bet League 1)
Sunday 25th March | 4pm | Sat Nav: PO4 8RA

Oxford United supporters are housed in the Milton End and Oxford fans are reminded that this game is now ALL TICKET with none available on the day. 

Tickets are no longer on sale online but are available from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 23rd March. You can collect tickets from the OUFC ticket office until Friday afternoon or from the ticket booth at the entrance to the North Stand Car Park at Fratton Park on Sunday ((PO4 8SX)

Prices
Adult: £23
Senior (63 and over): £17
18-22: £15
Unaccompanied U18: £10
Accompanied U18 with paying adult or senior: £5
Wheelchair and carer*: £14
Ambulant disabled adult: £15
Ambulant disabled U18: £10
Carers (for those on highest rate DLA): Free

*Wheelchair users should contact the Portsmouth ticket office on 0345 646 1898 to buy tickets. NB that wheelchair and carer spaces are located among the home wheelchair section at the front of the Fratton End. Wheelchair tickets MUST be bought in advance as any unsold tickets will be sold to home fans.

Please note that alcohol is not available in the away section due to it being in sight of the pitch.

Parking
The car park is next to the stadium (post code: PO4 8SX) on Anson Road, off Rodney Road. There are 26 accessible spaces on a first come, first served basis. There is also a designated drop-off point with 200 available spaces also on a first come, first served basis, at a cost of £10 per vehicle.

LONDON ROAD COACHES
Depart Stadium: 12.15pm prompt

Adult members: £16
Adult non-members £18
U18 members £14
U18 non-members £16

Order from the Oxford United ticket office on 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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Match Reports

REPORT Portsmouth 3 Oxford United 0

Ten-man U's lose out at Pompey. Full-time report

25 March 2018

Karl Robinson's first game as Oxford United Head Coach ended in defeat as his ten-man side were beaten 3-0 at Portsmouth this afternoon. An early goal from Kal Naismith and two second-half strikes from top scorer Brett Pitman earned Pompey all three points in a game that centred on a missed penalty and a red card for Alex Mowatt in the aftermath.

The first goal will have annoyed Robinson intensely because set pieces have become a bit of an Achilles heel for the U’s. First corner of the afternoon, delivered all the way to the back post where it was headed back for Naismith to give his side a simple fifth-minute lead. After losing their last three home games, an early boost like that got the fans behind Pompey who penned United back and pumped balls into the box to try and double their advantage.

United stuck to their guns though and kept passing the ball through the midfield diamond which had served them so well in beating Peterborough the week before. They were very unlucky not to be level at the break as they showed a bit of fight and character without a great deal of luck in front of goal. 

They might have been level after 20 minutes when James Henry was set up by Malachi Napa and curled an effort against the bar from the edge of the box. Napa, making his full debut, buzzed around and worked selflessly alongside Wes Thomas up front and almost got his reward with a superb curling effort on 32 minutes that home keeper Luke McGee only just got a glove on to concede a corner. Rob Dickie powered a header at goal from that set piece but Portsmouth smuggled the ball off the line despite United’s best efforts to force it home. Napa has time on his hands and will score plenty of goals for the U’s; this boy can wait, but he has bags of energy and don’t let the smile fool you, he is a very determined young man.

Henry was again unlucky when a well-hit effort on 35 hit a defender without him knowing too much about it, and Mowatt clipped the top of the wall with a free kick as the Yellows dominated most of the first half but still went in a goal behind.

They started the second half in spirited fashion as well, Cameron Brannagan knitting things together in the middle, Ryan Ledson and Mowatt probing for a through ball and Henry at the centre of everything. All that changed on the hour.

United should have been level as the game's decisive moment unfolded. Henry forced a corner which was arrowing towards Thomas's head while Dickie was being bundled over alongside. Ref Breakspear pointed to the spot and United had their chance.

Mowatt sent the keeper the wrong way but the ball smashed against the right-hand post and away. As he held his head in his hands Nathan Thompson got in his face and goaded him for the miss and unfortunately Mowatt responded, raising his arms to slap him and leaving the ref little choice other than to brandish the red card, despite the provocation.

The ten men gave it everything but on 69 minutes were sunk. Jamal Lowe was the creator, finding space on the right and slipping the ball across the face of goal for Pitman to score the simplest of his 18 goals at that stage of this season. On 80 it was 3-0 as Lowe ran clear on goal and got the better of the bounce of the ball after a magnificent challenge from sub Ricardinho, who somehow got back to steal the ball. Unfortunately, Lowe retrieved it and squared for Pitman who tapped home for definitely the easiest of his 19.

Portsmouth were now rampant and further chances flashed just wide as they looked to rub salt into the wounds and the ten men tired, but the damage had been done.

One moment had turned the tide of the game but during the period when the sides were 11 v 11 United had played a high-energy game and shown plenty of commitment. Had the penalty been a foot to the left then they were the dominant force at that stage of the game and who knows? But at this stage of the season such fine margins are crucial and the U's will need to respond quickly next week when they welcome Scunthorpe on Good Friday.

By then their new Head Coach will have had more time to work with his players. Chris Wilder and Michael Appleton, United's most successful managers in recent years, both started with defeats. Get behind the U's next weekend and be part of a brand-new adventure.

Att:17,892

Away:1,050

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

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Ticket News

Portsmouth Ticket Reminder

Sunday's game at Fratton Park is ALL TICKET

23 March 2018

Oxford United visit Portsmouth for their live Sky TV game on Sunday, 25th March (kick-off 4pm).

PORTSMOUTH (Sky Bet League 1)
Sunday 25th March | 4pm | Sat Nav: PO4 8RA

Oxford United supporters are housed in the Milton End and Oxford fans are reminded that this game is now ALL TICKET with none available on the day. 

Tickets are no longer on sale online but are available from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 23rd March. You can collect tickets from the OUFC ticket office until Friday afternoon or from the ticket booth at the entrance to the North Stand Car Park at Fratton Park on Sunday ((PO4 8SX)

Prices
Adult: £23
Senior (63 and over): £17
18-22: £15
Unaccompanied U18: £10
Accompanied U18 with paying adult or senior: £5
Wheelchair and carer*: £14
Ambulant disabled adult: £15
Ambulant disabled U18: £10
Carers (for those on highest rate DLA): Free

*Wheelchair users should contact the Portsmouth ticket office on 0345 646 1898 to buy tickets. NB that wheelchair and carer spaces are located among the home wheelchair section at the front of the Fratton End. Wheelchair tickets MUST be bought in advance as any unsold tickets will be sold to home fans.

Please note that alcohol is not available in the away section due to it being in sight of the pitch.

Parking
The car park is next to the stadium (post code: PO4 8SX) on Anson Road, off Rodney Road. There are 26 accessible spaces on a first come, first served basis. There is also a designated drop-off point with 200 available spaces also on a first come, first served basis, at a cost of £10 per vehicle.

LONDON ROAD COACHES
Depart Stadium: 12.15pm prompt

Adult members: £16
Adult non-members £18
U18 members £14
U18 non-members £16

Order from the Oxford United ticket office on 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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