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25 August 2018 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Burton Albion

A full guide to Saturday's home game against the Brewers

24 August 2018

Oxford United welcome Burton Albion on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1 (kick off 3pm).

Team News

United were much improved despite losing at home to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday and with Ricky Holmes still injured and Rob Hall joining long term absentees Simon Eastwood and Samir Carruthers there aren't likely to be too many changes to the squad 

Holmes was in the treatment room at the training ground yesterday but is still troubled by a back problem so fellow wingers Marcus Browne and Gavin Whyte, who were impressive and both on the scoresheet on Tuesday, are expected to continue.

John Mousinho spent three seasons at Burton, captaining the side and enjoying great success and is looking forward to playing against his former side tomorrow

"It was a special time and I had a fantastic three seasons there with back to back promotions" he told the official match programme. "It’s a really special club and I left there with really fond memories and still have a place for the club in my heart.

"From our point of view the win is not a million miles off. Attacking wise we were much better on Tuesday. We got on the ball, nobody was really hiding, and we created some great situations, chances and opportunities. If you score two goals at home you can probably expect to win the games, especially from a forward’s point of view, but I think we have to keep playing that way, stay positive and be a bit more clinical and take our chances.

 "“The big problem is obviously the 13 goals against. That is an issue for us and we have to cut out the defensive errors and make that that we do it quickly. Obviously we want to do it on Saturday against Burton.”

See Karl's thoughts on the game in iFollow where we also catch up with James Henry and Cameron Norman ahead of the game.

The Opposition

Burton boss Nigel Clough believe the U’s will turn results their way,:

"They are too good a team not to get results sooner rather than later," he said "I just hope it's not against us.Karl Robinson is a vastly experienced manager, with Shaun Derry with him as well. They will get it right down there.I think they are in a bit of a transition, a bit like ourselves as well.

"New players coming in in the summer, settling down with the squad, maybe expectations are quite high. I think the teams that have started so well have traded well in the summer - Peterborough United, Portsmouth, Barnsley hardly lost a player. They are the sort of settled teams that have started the season well with a few victories and the confidence that brings."

Tickets

You can save time and money by printing tickets at home after ordering online HERE. The ticket office is open to personal callers and phone calls on 01865 337533

Away Fans

If you are a Burton fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf

There is also a special 'away programme' where you can read Nigel Clough's views on the game as well as find all the relevant information to help you enjoy your afternoon with us.

Half Time

The Polythene UK half-time draw offers huge cash prizes and reverts to its old style this season: one large cash prize. Tickets are available all around the ground.

Club Shop

The Club Shop has the brilliant new home and away kits available and can now offer the official letters and numbers for this season. Call in before or after the game, or for an hour after the final whistle, or visit oufcshop.co.uk.

Family Room

The Family Room is open again from 1.30pm on Saturday with fun and games, player visits and much more, Open to home and away fans, the Family Room in in the East corner of the North Stand

Coverage

iFollow is back with full commentary on the game, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford. Home or Away- you can hear the whole game if you live in the UK or see the whole game live if you are abroad.

There will also be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial.

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REPORT Oxford United 3 Burton Albion 1

U's win for first time th season. Full time report

25 August 2018

Oxford United's season is up and running. After four defeats in the first four games the Yellows showed their true colours to record their first win thanks to goals from John Mousinho, James Henry and Ricky Holmes, with a Marvin Sordell goal merely a consolation for Burton Albion.

There was one change to the line-up with Sam Smith coming in to the side, but United have stuck to their footballing principles despite their sticky start and again played some nice football right from the start.

It was (probably) a defender who put them ahead on 18 minutes. Marcus Browne, excellent once again, won a free kick out of the left after bulldozing through three challenges, and then took responsibility for the dead ball. Taking aim for the far post with a wickedly flighted cross, Browne’s ball was flicked past keeper Stephen Bywater by the merest touch from former Brewer John Mousinho. Did he touch it? Only he knows, but he certainly celebrated as though he did and Mousinho is one of the most honest players you will find, so we’ll give it to him.

Burton may have felt a little hard done by to be behind at that stage because they looked neat on the ball and saw plenty of it, although there were only a handful of off-target efforts from outside the area to show for it. United, on the other hand, might have doubled their lead twice when first James Henry and then Gavin Whyte raced past the visiting defence but couldn’t find the finishing touch after good approach play.

Having not taken either chance United were made to pay shortly afterwards, when Burton bounced back to draw level. A routine free kick to the back post saw Ben Turner rise suspiciously above his man to nod the ball down. United scrambled but the ball bobbled the way of Sordell and he bundled it past the stranded Mitchell to level things at the break. It might have been worse had Liam Boyce not drilled a further effort just wide of the post after 41 minutes.

What United needed was a quick start in the second half and they got just that on 50 minutes with their second of the afternoon. The elusive Gavin Whyte, whose pace and direct running are a great weapon for United this season, ran at the defence and pushed it through for Smith on the edge of the box. He curled a fine effort across the keeper and Bywater did well to get a glove to it, but the ball ran only as far as Henry who smashed it back past the keeper for his first of the season.

Visibly growing in confidence and with their magnificent fans once again singing for the full 90 minutes United were on top and Bywater was almost beaten by one of his own players as a dangerous cross zipped across the six yard box. Whyte ran across the edge of the box on 62 but dragged his left-footed effort wide of the far post and most of the play was in the Burton half. A goal was on the cards and the relief around the ground was tangible when Holmes hammered home the killer third goal.

Henry was, as usual, the creator, working his way into a shooting position on the edge of the box and then picking the ball up when it came back to him. Entitled to shoot, he instead selflessly worked it to his left for Holmes to clinically plant the ball past Bywater for his first Oxford goal, scored with his first touch of the game,

Burton had been less of a threat after the break while United had balance and purpose. On the left, Josh Ruffels and Browne (and then Holmes) linked up well, while down the right there is a growing understanding down what we shall refer to here, for all our Northern Irish fans, as the Norman-Whyte side. Sorry. First win. Carried away. Won't happen again.

This is a young United side: Jamie Hanson and Cameron Brannagan, for example, in the midfield are having to forge a partnership in the heat of battle and it was always going to take time for things to settle down. Today there were encouraging signs all over the park; ignore the late yellow for Jamie Allen, sent off for two yellow cards in a brief substitute appearance. That didn't change the result and should not take anything away from United's performance.

Right. That's that out of the way. Let's start again.

Att: 6,026

Away: 382

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels, stats by OPTA, Norman Whiteside joke by Kath Faulkner

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