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PREVIEW Oxford United v Brighton and Hove Albion U21

U's take on Seagulls in Checkatrade Trophy

3 October 2017

TEAM NEWS

United boss Pep Clotet is likely to make changes after the 4-1 win at Peterborough on Saturday. One is enforced through injury with Rob Hall ruled out with a groin strain. Rob, who was today announced as Player of the Round after the 6-2 win at Stevenage, is also a doubt for Saturday's home league game against AFC Wimbledon.

Canice Carroll is also unavailable as he is away with the Republic of Ireland under 19 squad for their game against Azerbaijan tomorrow. Gino van Kessel is available though having delayed linking up with the Curacao squad until after Saturday's game.

Midfielder Josh Ashby is likely to feature in the squad for the first time this season after making a full recovery from a knee injury. The stylish midfielder scored in a friendly against Oxford University last week, as did James Roberts who got two in that game and is likely to be involved tonight as well.

Spanish midfielder Xemi Fernandez could also be in line for a recall while striker Agon Mehmeti and defenders Aaron Martin and Mike Williamson could feature. Dwight Tiendalli is approaching full fitness and could also be included for the first time since picking up a hamstring injury away at MK Dons.

TICKET UPDATE

Prices have been reduced in all areas for this game

Tickets are priced:

  • Adults £10
  • Over 65/Student/ U21/U18/U13 £5
  • Under 7s £1

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 new 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.

Please note that the North Stand will be closed to home supporters, as will the end blocks of the East Stand, South Stand Upper and the east end of the South Stand Lower, while the west half of the South Stand Lower will also be closed. Season ticket holders' seats are NOT reserved for this game.

There are also reduced prices in the 200 Club where the Manor Lounge is £20 for adults and £15 for Over 65/Student/Young person/Under 18s. Under 13 pay just £10 for this game.

FINAL RESULT

Should tonight's game end level after 90 minutes both teams will be awarded one point but there will be a penalty shootout with the winners gaining an extra point. The result is a DRAW, no matter what some clubs would tell you. Results in this competition do not affect historic winning sequences.

CLUB SHOP

Please note that the Club Shop at the ground will NOT be open this evening. 

THE PROGRAMME

There is a reduced programme for tonight's game priced just £2 and available all around the ground

Remember, you can always download the programme and read it on your phone, tablet or laptop. Each issue is available at matchdayfix.com/oufc/

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

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REPORT Oxford United 2 Brighton & Hove Albion U21 2

U's draw with the Seagulls. Full time report

3 October 2017

Oxford United picked up one point and Brighton two after a penalty shoot out at the end of an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Checkatrade Trophy. Two goals from Gino van Kessel had opened up a 2-0 lead for United before strikes from distance from James Tilly and Dan Mandriou capped a decent comeback for the young Seagulls.

It was good open football from the off, although sadly Agon Mehmeti's full debut lasted less than five minutes before he was stretchered off after stretching for a loose ball, meaning a longer than scheduled appearance for James Roberts, who worked extremely hard up front.

The injury to Mehmeti disrupted things and the Brighton youngsters should really have scored twice in the next couple of minutes as United readjusted before regaining their composure. Once they settled they started to look dangerous and van Kessel rattled the bar with a tremendous drive as they chased the first goal. On 21 minutes it came via van Kessel. Demanding the ball in the penalty area where he does much of his good work, Roberts let him have it and van Kessel took a touch then smashed the ball goalwards. It was flying in at the near post but span off a defender's leg to take it past keeper Sanchez at the back stick for van Kessel's third United goal.

His fourth wasn't long in coming. This time it was Xemi Fernandez who turned provider with a powerful run through the middle of the park and a well-timed flick to his right for the Curacaoan, who span and fired home again, almost firing through Sanchez from 12 yards out to make it 2-0.

Credit to Brighton who may have lacked experience but had plenty of spirit and hit back on 36 with an excellent goal of their own, Tilly showing great technique to power the ball past the helpless Scott Shearer from the edge of the box.

Shearer, interrupting Simon Eastwood's 75 game run in goal, was well protected by a three-man defence of Curtis Nelson, Mike Williamson and Aaron Martin, with James Henry and Josh Ruffels adding width as wing backs. Xemi might have made it 3-1 just before the break but was denied by a good save from Sanchez, but United had been good value for their half-time lead.

Both sides zipped the ball around on the immaculate surface and it was all very easy on the eye but van Kessel sent a 57th-minute effort well over the bar and Brighton had steadily improved after the break and on 67 minutes were level with another fine strike. This time it was Mandriou with the fizzing effort from 20 yards, giving Shearer little chance and levelling the score at 2-2.

It was anyone's game now - Aaron Martin had a 74th-minute header nodded off the line at one end, Shearer gratefully grasped the ball after a scramble at the other end a minute later. Xemi volleyed a tough chance wide on 78 minutes, Mandroiu smashed yet another blast wide from the edge of the area and both sides had created enough chances to win it.

The closest we came was when sub Joe Rothwell ghosted on to the end of a slick passing move and beat Sanchez but saw the ball come back off the left-hand post.

And so to penalties. Even if it wasn't winner takes it all it was still the ABBA format.

Roberts scored the first, Brighton (so confused by the Abba thing they tried to take one against  their own keeper!) scored twice. Rothwell's was saved, Henry scored. Brighton scored their next two, Ruffels netted, Ashby followed suit, then Alzate rolled home to give the visitors two points and United one.

All of which means anything is possible in the last round of games when United welcome the MK Dons. I think.

Att: 1,074 

Away: 64

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

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Ticket News

Brighton Ticket Reminder

Checkatrade Trophy ticket details

28 September 2017

Fans are reminded that ticket prices have been reduced to just £10 for Adults and £5 for concessions with U7s just £1 for our Checkatrade Trophy home game against Brighton and Hove Albion’s Under 21 side.

The game takes place at Grenoble Road next Tuesday 3rd October (7.45pm) and sees the U’s looking to build on a fantastic 6-2 win at Stevenage in the opening game of this year’s group stage.

United have been finalists for the last two seasons and can take a big step toward the knock out stages when they take on the young Seagulls team; who knows, could the U’s make it a Wembley hat-trick this time around?

Tickets are on sale now priced:

  • Adults £10
  • Over 65/Student/ U21/U18/U13 £5
  • Under 7s £1

Tickets are on sale online at www.oufctickets.co.uk and from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533) Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm. They are also on sale for this match from the new 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.


Please note that the North Stand will be closed to home supporters, as will the end blocks of the East Stand, South Stand Upper and the east end of the South Stand Lower, while the west half of the South Stand Lower will also be closed. Season ticket holders' seats are NOT reserved for this game.

There are also reduced prices in the 200 Club where the Manor Lounge is £20 for adults and £15 for Over 65/Student/Young person/Under 18s. Under 13 pay just £10 for this game

Executive Boxes are also available for up to ten people priced £250 + VAT. Email commercial@oufc.co.uk or call 01865 337503/337513 for details. Match, Matchball and programme sponsorship packages are also available for this game.

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