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PREVIEW Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

U's look to build on Posh win as they take on the Dons

6 October 2017

Oxford United welcome AFC Wimbledon to Grenoble Road on Saturday. Here we have a full guide to the game.

TEAM NEWS

United are without striker Agon Mehmeti who pulled his hamstring early in Tuesday's 2-2 Checkatrade Trophy draw with Brighton's under 21s.

The Albanian international is likely to be out of action for a few weeks and joins Charlie Raglan and Sam Long on the long term injured list. However Jon Obika and Dwight Tiendalli are making good progress and could feature next week at Bristol Rovers.

Manager Pep Clotet changed the shape to a three man defence in midweek and could stick to that system. Clotet welcomes defenders John Mousinho and Ricardinho back into the squad after they were rested and must decide whether to revert to the side that impressed so much in winning at Peterborough last weekend; Jack Payne and Christian Ribeiro were outstanding in that game and could return to the side on Saturday.

Simon Eastwood's run of 75 consecutive games ended on Tuesday night but he is expected to replace Scott Shearer in goal.

TICKET UPDATE

Tickets are on sale online at www.oufctickets.co.uk and from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533). They are also on sale for this match from the club shop in the centre of Oxford. The shop is part of the Market Barbers in the Covered Market; easily accessible from the High Street entrance. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.

CLUB SHOP

The Club Shop has lots of coats and jackets for winter, including a great range of parkas. Call in before the game to take a look or visit oufcshop.co.uk

GUEST OF HONOUR

We are delighted to have Cult Hero John Durnin with us as our special guest. John will be with us in the matchday restaurant and then making the half time draw; we are sure you will make him feel at home.

THE PROGRAMME

The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Darryl Eales, Pep Clotet and Curtis Nelson plus interviews with Josh Ruffels, John Durnin and a look at the benefits of the new Cryo-Chamber. We go On the Road to Bury and we have news and views from all areas of the club.

Remember, you can always download the programme and read it 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. 

 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, either in the O-Zone or at the shop’s new premises in the Covered Market, while third prize is a VIP package at JT’s Cocktail Bar.

The draw will take place at half-time and prizes can be collected from the matchday reception immediately after the game or by calling 01865 337528

Look out too for the Racehut Challenge. There are great prizes on offer:

Round 1 - Voucher for Family of Four for The Family Taster Race Event - takes place every Saturday and Sunday. That is guaranteed as long as you score in the half time challenge...

Round 2 - Voucher For 4 Drivers To enter The F1 Race Experience - 3 hr race event in F1 cars

Round 3 - Voucher for 16 drivers - Private Race Hut Challenge event - Full grid of your mates racing for glory in your own private and exclusive race event - Plus first round of drinks behind the bar. 

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REPORT Oxford United 3 AFC Wimbledon 0

Oxford beat the Dons. Full time report

7 October 2017

Oxford United made it back to back league wins with a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon this afternoon. A fine goal from top scorer Wes Thomas, a joyous strike from Ricardinho and a first league goal for Xemi Fernandez gave United all three points as their season continues to gather momentum.

It took 12 minutes for the breakthrough and when it came it was a beauty. Ledson, superb in midfield, curled a perfect pass round a defender for Thomas who initially seemed to have his path to goal blocked. However the striker showed great strength to touch the ball past his man and keep going, then finished superbly with a low left footed effort across visiting keeper George Long for an expertly taken opener.

United have struggled for consistency at times but today were the real thing, especially in the opening moments; James Henry brought a good save out of former United custodian Long after another incisive move through midfield

The Dons were still dangerous and George Francomb planted a shot narrowly wide after 22 minutes to remind United of their defensive duties. Indeed the impeccable Nelson and Ledson both made great challenges in the first half hour to keep it at 1-0.

The game lost its way for a while- Henry slamming a rare effort over the fence after 35, Dean Parrett dragging one wide at the other end - but United’s bright start has been enough to justify a half time lead and only a perfectly timed tackle by Francomb took the ball off Henry’s toe as he threatened to break away for a second goal on the stroke of half time.

Simon Eastwood, back in the side after missing his first game in 76, made a magnificent, crucial, save in the first minutes of the second half and two minutes later United were 2-0 up through one of the most popular goals scored at the stadium.

United’s little Brazilian left back has made a huge impression since joining and when Henry broke clear on the right and clipped a cross into the box Ricardinho was in acres of space to drive the ball back across Long and into the net for his first goal for the club- joyously celebrated by the crowd as they roared his name as one.

Wimbledon struggled to find a way past the impressive United back line of Nelson and the three O trio of Ribeiro, Mousinho and Ricardinho and Eastwood's save grew in significance the longer the game went on. The final pass was just a yard wide of its mark or a defender would make a crucial block but United were playing some delightful football and the movement and quick thinking were a joy to watch at times. A third goal was inevitable.

As with the win at Peterborough last week the one downside was due to injury, Gino van Kessel, having delayed joining up with his country to be available for this game, came on as a sub and hobbled off soon after, Fernandez being the sub to come on for a sub.

It meant that the U's effectively ended without a recognised striker on the pitch but with five minutes left they were 3-0 up. The outstanding Henry made it once again by hammering in a shot that Long pushed out. Xemi, all on his own, rifled the ball back past him for his first league goal.

3-0 and Wimbledon were beaten. Game, set and match United.

 Att: 7241

Away: 542

Report by Chris Williams. Pictures by Steve Daniels, stats by OPTA

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