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PREVIEW Blackburn Rovers v Oxford United

A full guide to the final game of the season

4 May 2018

Oxford United head for Ewood Park for the last game of the 2017/18 season. It's a game that the home side need to win to be in with a chance of being Champions, and with 25,000 people there it should be quite an occasion for Karl Robinson's young side.

TEAM NEWS

United secured their place in League 1 with a win over Rochdale last week and then announced the retained list for next season ahead of Saturday's game. Players who were told they will not be offered new deals will not be involved on Saturday, leaving in form James Henry with a chance of pipping Wes Thomas to end the season as top scorer.

Simon Eastwood is in line to complete another remarkable season in which he has played every league game and will be hoping to impress against his former club. Todd Kane is also an ex Rovers player after making over 40 appearances for them in 2013/14.

Young forwards Owen James and Albie Hopkins have been added to the squad for the first time after impressing for the youth team 

See Karl and Simon Eastwood previewing the game, along with the Preview Show where we chat to Cameron Brannagan all in iFollow right now.

TICKETS

 With Blackburn celebrating promotion and needing a win to be in with a chance of overtaking Wigan to finish champions they are expecting their biggest league gate for years. 

As a result no tickets will now be available to Oxford fans on the day.

Tickets are no longer available online but will remain on sale from the ticket office in person or by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 4th May. Those unable to collect before 3pm on Friday will be able to collect from the away ticket office at Blackburn from 4.30pm on the day.

United have already sold over 1,200 tickets but because of the large crowd we recommend that supporters leave a little extra time for the journey and arrive early, or if you want to attend but have not got any way of getting there why not travel on one of the LRC coaches?

Ticket prices: 

Adults: £10

65 and over: £5

18-21: £5

12-17: £2

Under 12: £2

Ambulant/wheelchair users are located in the home area at standard price with a free carer.

London Road Club coaches

Depart Stadium: 10.45am

Kidlington Sainsbury's: 11 am

Adult member: £22

Adult non-member: £24

Under-18 member: £20

Under-18 non-member: £22

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.

No alcohol is permitted on the buses.

Book your tickets from the ticket office - 01865 337533

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 goes live with a full gallery right here on the final whistle.

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REPORT Blackburn Rovers 2 Oxford United 1

Henry goal not enough at Ewood Park. Full-time report

5 May 2018

Oxford United gave Blackburn a scare with a spirited performance at Ewood Park but a goal from former U's striker Jack Payne gave the home side a 2-1 win and sent them into the Championship once more. Having fallen behind to a Darragh Lenihan header in the first half, United fought back gamely and levelled through James Henry but were undone when Payne came off the bench to seal a 2-1 win for Rovers.

Mind you, there was almost a sticky start for the home side when Cameron Brannagan, playing in a more advanced role in midfield, drilled a first-minute shot inches wide of the left-hand post. With Curtis Nelson restored at the back and John Mousinho sitting just in front of the back four United had a 4-1-3-2 shape and it caused the home side problems with Brannagan, Henry and Joe Rothwell all joining strikers Jon Obika and Malachi Napa at every opportunity - even Todd Kane got forward from right back to almost score after 15 minutes.

However, that chance came after the opening goal because on 13 minutes the early optimism took a dent when the home side took the lead. It was simplicity itself: a free kick from Charlie Mulgrew and from the moment it left his boot it was only ever going on to the forehead of Lenihan, who powered his header past Eastwood to lift the roof off Ewood Park.

The strong arm of Eastwood kept out Adam Armstrong on 22 but United were having to dig deep just to stay in the game; the excellent Rob Dickie made an important stop on 23 and the ever-determined Kane hacked off the line on 33. Given the circumstances, fight, commitment and determination were the first requisites and the men in black were fighting for everything. Brannagan saw a drive deflected over the bar on 37, Mousinho headed the resulting corner into the arms of keeper David Raya and United had underlined just how much they have improved in recent weeks: see Wigan away match report for details.

That was exemplified by their former Blackburn keeper. No sooner had Eastwood upended Elliott Bennett and conceded a penalty on 41 minutes that he was up to deny Mulgrew from the spot and keep it at 1-0 at half time: another great moment from this most consistent goalkeeper.

He matched that save with another good one from Bennett early in the second half and Rovers were still the team on top but Malachi Napa - he of the permanent smile and non-stop running - had two left footers blocked by defenders as United threatened to take the edge off the promotion party. 

Eastwood fisted away a powerful effort from Dominic Samuel on 65 but then came that party pooper from Henry, a reward for the magnificent 1,290 fans who had travelled to support their team.

Napa started it, moving the ball right to left, with Obika ending the move with a shot that was blocked. Ruffels, excellent at left back, kept the move alive, crossing a low ball in and Henry hoovered up the chance with a cute flick of the boot to beat Raya and level things, momentarily sucking the entire atmosphere from the ground in the process.

Earlier in the week Karl Robinson said that Henry had 'single handedly kept United up' with his goals since Christmas. This maybe wasn't as important as his header at Doncaster in the last away game, but in terms of a message maybe it was? If United can match a team destined for the Championship then who knows what could happen next year...

Blackburn, already promoted, needed to respond if they were to have any chance of being Champions and with 14 minutes to go it was sub Payne who got the party started again. Only just on, the on-loan Huddersfield man ghosted to the right of the box, cleverly finding space, and fired the ball beyond even Eastwood- a deflection further helping the ball beyond the keeper's grasp.

Blackburn had a goal chalked off for offside but with news filtering through that Wigan were winning at Doncaster, the emphasis had changed by then to promotion rather than title. Good luck to Blackburn, who deserve their success, even if their fans did celebrate slightly prematurely with a pitch invasion before the final whistle.

United ended the season with the encouraging sight of 17-year-old striker Owen James making his first appearance from the bench for the last ten minutes; there will be plenty more to come from him. But that aside, there were once again plenty of signs of a growing belief and spirit from the U's who go into the summer in decent shape and with plenty of hope.

See you next season...

Att: 27,600

Away:1,290

Report by Chris 'Don't take me home until I'm drunk' Williams, pictures by Steve 'Stormy' Daniels, Stats by OPTA

See it all in iFOLLOW

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Ticket News

Blackburn Game ALL TICKET

U's fans need to buy in advance for Ewood Park

4 May 2018

Oxford United's final game of the season is at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, 5th May with a 5.30pm kick-off.

With Blackburn celebrating promotion and needing a win to be in with a chance of overtaking Wigan to finish champions they are expecting their biggest league gate for years. 

As a result no tickets will now be available to Oxford fans on the day.

Tickets are no longer available online but will remain on sale from the ticket office in person or by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 4th May. Those unable to collect before 3pm on Friday will be able to collect from the away ticket office at Blackburn from 4.30pm on the day.

United have already sold over 1,200 tickets but because of the large crowd we recommend that supporters leave a little extra time for the journey and arrive early, or if you want to attend but have not got any way of getting there why not travel on one of the LRC coaches?

Ticket prices: 

Adults: £10

65 and over: £5

18-21: £5

12-17: £2

Under 12: £2

Ambulant/wheelchair users are located in the home area at standard price with a free carer.

London Road Club coaches

Depart Stadium: 10.45am

Kidlington Sainsbury's: 11 am

Adult member: £22

Adult non-member: £24

Under-18 member: £20

Under-18 non-member: £22

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.

No alcohol is permitted on the buses.

Book your tickets from the ticket office - 01865 337533

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