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14 August 2018 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Coventry City

A full guide to tonight's Carabao Cup tie

14 August 2018

Oxford United take on Coventry City in the Carabao Cup first round this evening at the Kassam Stadium (7.45pm)

Team News

Jonathan MItchell and Shandon Baptiste stand by for home debuts as the U's take on the Sky Blues. keeper Mitchell joined on loan from Derby County yesterday as cover for Simon Eastwood who will be out of action for two months following a freak injury to his finger that he sustained during the warm up on Saturday. Mitchell signed in time to play and is likely to be joined in the starting XI by 20-year-old midfielder Baptiste

Fellow new boy Jamie Hanson is unlikely to feature but should be available for Saturday's trip to Portsmouth, while Rob Hall will not be risked.

"Hally is fine" Karl Robinson told us "but he has been out of action for eight months and is naturally going to get a few aches and strains so it was always the plan to play him Saturday then let him recover in midweek."

Samir Carruthers remains out of action with a knee injury.

The Opposition

Coventry lost to Scunthorpe on the opening day then picked up a point at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

“Attacking-wise we didn’t have enough quality, it’s as simple as that,” Manager Mark Robins admitted. “I think we were only a confident finish away from winning the game, also, attacking-wise that’s not how we want to play, but we’ll take it at this stage.There’s a lot of new players, a lot of young players, too. They’re just finding each other’s strengths and it’s going to a while for us to get up to speed.”

“It’s all about confidence.We need the confidence to face these teams and we will get there. But it will come.”

Tickets

Prices have been reduced for the game to:

Adult          £12

Over 65      £7

Young Adult 18-21 £7

Under 18 £7

Under 13* £5

Under 7* £1

*Accompanied by Adult 

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 end of the South Stand Lower will also be closed.

Season ticket holders' seats are NOT reserved for this game.

1893 Club** Price

Adult £20

Over 65 £15

Young Adult 18-21 £15

Under 18 £15

Under 13* £10

*Accompanied by Adult

** 1893 Club tickets are only available from the ticket office in person or by phone.

 Executive boxes for 10 £250+VAT

For further details and to book contact the commercial team on 01865 337503 or 337513 or email commercial@oufc.co.uk

Tickets are on sale online at www.oufctickets.co.uk and at the Ticket Office in person or by phone (01865 337533

They are also available from the Club Shop in the covered market in the City centre.

You can save time and money by printing tickets at home after ordering online HERE.

 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 in all sizes and can now offer the official letters and numbers for this season. Call in before or after the game or visit oufcshop.co.uk.

The GAME

• Extra-time has been removed in all rounds up to and including the semi-finals, with ties being decided on penalties

• The competition will revert to the traditional approach of ‘ABAB’ format for penalty shoot-outs.

Coverage

iFollow is back with full commentary on the game for UK subscribers, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford. Overseas fans please note that the video stream is NOT available for this competition but you will be able to hear BBC Oxford's commentary.

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 2 Coventry City 0

Browne and Whyte send United through. Full time report

14 August 2018

Oxford United deservedly went through to the second round of the Carabao Cup thanks to first goals for the club from Marcus Browne and Gavin Whyte in a 2-0 win over Coventry City this evening.

There were positive changes to the line up, including a debut for Jonathan Mitchell in goal after Simon Eastwood's finger injury and assorted debuts: full ones for Cameron Norman, Whyte and Browne, a home one for the excellent Shandon Baptiste in midfield and a seasonal one for John Mousinho, captaining the side from centre-half.

The changes proved just what was needed. Norman's long throws are a useful addition to the armoury and both Mousinho and Rob Dickie had early headers from set pieces as United attacked in the early stages. Whyte's pace and trickery caught the eye - his willingness to run at defenders and get shots and crosses away make him very dangerous - while Browne worked hard and is extremely comfortable on the ball. Mitchell, meanwhile, had just one meaningful save to make, patting down a Bakayoko effort as the back four limited the Sky Blues to a couple of speculative long-range efforts in the first half.

United had seen plenty of the ball but hadn't truly tested visiting keeper Liam O'Brien in the first half hour, although it did take a great tackle to poke the ball away from Obika on 33 minutes and Dickie powered a header just wide from the corner that followed. However, on 38 minutes they were ahead as Browne capped his first start with a brilliantly taken goal. James Henry, last season's top scorer, made it with the most inviting of crosses and Browne wasn't going to let a covering defender get in his way, powering past him to meet the ball perfectly and smash his header past the helpless O'Brien.

Five minutes into the second half and it was 2-0. Browne or Whyte? Doesn't matter, United had the Coventry defence on toast as Henry once again became the provider, biding his time before rolling a perfect pass into the right channel for Whyte to accelerate on to. Nobody was going to catch him and the finish was excellent, precisely planting the ball beyond the onrushing O'Brien to open his United account.

Coventry sub Jordan Ponticelli did get the ball past Mitchell only for an offside flag to curtail the Coventry celebrations but that decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of Mark Robins' side and they rarely looked like troubling the assured Mitchell after that.

On Saturday, Karl Robinson spoke about his players having to get match sharp in games, so it was little surprise to see the hugely impressive Browne replaced after an hour and Whyte after 75 minutes, with 16-year-old Fabio Lopes coming on for a debut that made him one of the youngest players ever to play for the club. It perhaps slowed the forward momentum a little, although fellow sub Sam Smith forced O'Brien into a good save on 83, but the job was done by then and United, winners 32 years ago, were through to Thursday's second round draw.

Att: 3,551

Away: 1,003

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

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