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19 April 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Charlton Athletic

A full guide to Good Friday's game at the Kassam Stadium

18 April 2019

Oxford United welcome Charlton Athletic to the Kassam Stadium on Good Friday (1pm)

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back former Charlton midfielder Ahmed Kashi after suspension but are still without Marcus Browne who misses the second of his three game ban on Saturday.

Kashi challenges John Mousinho for the holding midfield role while United will wait on the fitness of Gavin Whyte who has a slight hamstring problem. Jordan Graham stands by if required.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now plus Jack Stevens and Sam Long have their say as well as an action packed Preview Show...

The Opposition

Manager Lee Bowyer has seen his side close the gap on the  automatic promotion places and will have a sold out away end behind his team on Friday

"I think all games now between now and the end of the season are banana skins, there are no easy games" he said. "That’s not just for us that’s for everyone.

"I think Luton will go up so there are four teams chasing second spot. All we can do is just be there and if they don’t capitalise on the opportunity that they have we’ll be there.”

Match Day
The RES gate behind the North Stand will be in operation for this game meaning fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand after the game. See the Match Pack block above for the best ways to make the most out of your day, including travel details and an away fans guide.

Tickets
This game is not all ticket and you can book your place online from oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533 - the ticket office opens at 10am on Friday for personal callers

Please note that because the away end is sold out you need to have been on the OUFC database before March to buy tickets in the home areas of the ground.

Family
Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFC Family Guide

Guest of Honour/Half Time Draw
We are delighted to have Roger Gibbins as our guest tomorrow; the former U's forward will be talking to guests before the game and we are sure you will welcome him home when he helps with the half time Polythene UK 50/Fifty draw. Tickets for the draw are available all around the ground.

Coverage

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and see overseas.There will be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial and on this site with a match report right on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Ten man U's beat ten man Addicks . Full time report

19 April 2019

Another extraordinary home game saw Oxford United beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 in the most dramatic of fashions today. Trailing to a Lyle Taylor penalty, United roared back to lead through Curtis Nelson and Luke Garbutt. Young keeper Jack Stevens then became the hero with a superb save to keep that lead intact on his debut after Simon Eastwood had been sent off, swiftly followed by Charlton's Chris Solly, as both sides ended the game a man light.

Charlton had the bit between their teeth from the very start, Simon Eastwood palming a Taylor effort away after 30 seconds of an action-packed opening in the bright spring sunshine. Taylor didn’t take long to gain his revenge though. Four minutes gone and Ahmed Kashi slipped in midfield and was robbed by Joe Aribo who went at the heart of the United defence. Nelson stepped in to try and tackle him but ref Darren Drydale adjudged it a foul and Taylor sidefooted home the penalty to give the Addicks an early lead.

It looked ominous and United were under intense pressure. To their credit they changed shape, hung in there and then took over. Set pieces are often key in League 1 and two quality deliveries later and the U’s were ahead.

Garbutt was creator and scorer of the two goals. The equaliser came from a deep ball to the back stick from the on-loan Everton man, which was met by a late run from Nelson and a thumping left-footed volley into the roof of the net gave keeper Dillon Phillips no chance. Even better, five minutes later. Free kick 25 yards out and Garbutt stepped up to curl an unstoppable dead ball beyond Phillips to make it 2-1.

Joy from the home fans, despair from the travelling support who had, for 14 minutes, been in the automatic promotion places. Jonny Williams lifted a decent chance over the bar just before the half hour but United were coping with things nicely and looking dangerous, with Garbutt and Sykes joining the attack from out wide and James Henry lurking just behind front man Jerome Sinclair.

However, ten minutes in to the second half and a major reshape was required as Eastwood departed. It looked simple enough to deal with as a long ball bounced towards the keeper with Taylor chasing it down, but the ball held up and didn't carry as far as Eastwood thought, meaning he was two yards outside his area when he caught the ball. Not dangerous but an obvious red card.

Stevens has waited patiently for his chance and is a more than capable replacement but will have been dreaming of better circumstances in which to become the 100th graduate of the OUFC youth team to make his first-team debut.

Nelson and Dickie seemed determined not to let him show what he can do; throwing themselves into blocks and cutting out danger at source, while the introduction of Jamie Mackie for Kashi was a brave move which meant that Charlton, having to chase at least a point, now had two strikers to contend with.

It was looking like being a long 20 minutes but then things were suddenly levelled up once more. Solly was so nearly the hero; lining up a shot at goal only to find three defenders throwing themselves at him. The ball broke free, Mackie picked it up and Solly dived in, catching him on the back of the heel and giving ref Drysdale an interesting choice. Knowing that Solly seems to be the hardest word, he chose not to put it in the book and sent him off instead.

There was still time for a spot of heroics from Stevens who somehow reached behind him to claw the ball away from the line for a miracle save which earned him a standing ovation from the fans and hugs from just about every other player in yellow as tension and the entertainment level rose by the second.

Do you want controversy? Then stick with the U's because on 87 minutes Sinclair was free and running at goal when sub George Lapsie scythed him down. Garbutt galloped free but couldn't beat the keeper while Mr Drysdale punished Lapsie with just a yellow card. It mattered not.

Another brilliant win and once again United showed that they could cope with one of the best teams in the division. Had they not had such a bad start to the season, who knows where they might be right now? 

Team work, determination, another local lad into the first team and three more points. A very Good Friday indeed.

Att: 8,680

Away: 1,806

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels and Tom Melvin, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Charlton Reminder

1pm kick off on Friday and tickets on sale to OUFC database only

15 April 2019

Oxford United are at home in Sky Bet League 1 on Good Friday when we welcome  Charlton Athletic to the Kassam Stadium.

With Charlton having sold out of their allocation tickets are on sale to fans who were on the OUFC Database on or before 18th March and fans are reminded that this game is a 1pm kick off.

The OX1 & OX7 buses will operate for this game with departure times two hours earlier than normal.

Karl Robinson faces his former club and United look to continue their five game unbeaten run against an in-form Charlton side chasing the play-offs.

To book your place visit oufctickets.co.uk or call 01865 337533

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