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PREVIEW Doncaster Rovers v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game

21 December 2018

Oxford United head for Doncaster Rovers on Saturday looking to start the Christmas games with a win.

TEAM NEWS

United boss Karl Robinson must decide whether to revert to the same team that had played in five successive games or whether to include some of the players who impressed during the 3-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Spurs U21s on Tuesday night.

Tony McMahon, Luke Garbutt, Charlie Raglan, Sam Smith and Armani Little all came into the side and did well but John Mousinho, Curtis Nelson, Jamie Mackie, Josh Ruffels and Marcus Browne have all been key figures during United's run of one defeat in 15 games and would usually be expected to come back into the side. 

See Karl Robinson and John Mousinho previewing the game in iFollow right now where Karl also gatecrashes a Preview Show featuring Simon Eastwood and Women's team Manager Liam Gilbert.

THE OPPOSITION

Rovers boss Grant McCann reckons it will be an entertaining game as two of the form teams in the division meet.

“It's going to be a good game on Saturday I think,” he told the Doncaster Free Press. “They are similar to us. If you look at their front five, in comparison with us, they've got pace, creativity, goals. They've got someone who works very hard up front like John (Marquis) in Jamie Mackie but John is scoring more goals. They started slowly but sometimes it takes time to gel a team but I think they've got their mojo back.

“I think it's going to be a game of transitions, whoever is good at that and whoever is good going forward, whoever takes their chances. There's going to be a lot of chances at both ends and we've got to make sure we defend it well.”

TICKETS

Doncaster Rovers
Saturday 22nd December | 3pm | Sky Bet League 1 | DN4 5JW

This game is NOT All Ticket but those who wish to buy in advance can do so from 01865 337533 or in person until 3pm on Friday

The tickets for this game are unreserved seating with no price increase on the day and can be purchased on the day CASH ONLY from the Doncaster Academy reception from two hours before kick off, located next to the away turnstiles.

Prices

Adult £21
60 and over £17
22-24 £17
18-21 £13
12-17 £8
11 and under £5

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users pay the relevant age-related price with carer FREE. Must be on higher-rate DLA.

LONDON ROAD TRAVEL
Depart stadium:             9.45 am prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 10 am prompt

Adult member                  £20
Adult non-member           £22
U18 member                   £18
U18 non-member            £20

Call 01865 337533 or visit oufctickets.co.uk to book.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

FOLLOW IT LIVE

iFollow has the whole game live to hear in the UK and to see for overseas fans. OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game and the OUFC Live match centre on this site gives you full stats and text commentary throughout the match. 

The official report goes live with a full gallery right here on the final whistle.  

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Match Reports

REPORT Doncaster Rovers 2 Oxford United 2

Ruffs justice for the U's. Full-time report

22 December 2018

A Josh Ruffels goal with the very last kick of the game gave Oxford United a 2-2 draw at Doncaster this afternoon. Trailing to a disputed penalty from Ben Whiteman, United looked to have salvaged a point when Gavin Whyte levelled, only for sub Alfie May to score in the 90th minute before Ruffels curled in an amazing equaliser to rescue a point.

As has been the case so often this season, United started very well and dominated the first 15 minutes in particular. Gavin Whyte had an early effort pushed round the post by keeper Ian Lawlor, John Mousinho had a header cleared off the line before two almighty scrambles, and with Cameron Brannagan knitting things together in the middle and James Henry ghosting forward to blast over after 16 minutes, United were hugely impressive without finding the opener they deserved. Then, with a sickening inevitability, after 20 minutes United were punished for not making the most of that early dominance.

They argued about the decision when a corner came in and Rob Dickie bundled into home skipper Andy Butler around the penalty spot and both went down, but ref Alan Young wasn’t listening to the appeals and ruled it was Dickie doing the fouling; Whiteman hammered the spot kick home, giving Eastwood no chance, and the home side were in front with their first chance of the game.

They got their tails up then, Ruffels having to clear one chance and Tom Anderson lifting another over the bar, but United stayed strong and began to get on the ball once again as the game became increasingly end to end. It also became increasingly bad-tempered with niggly challenges and a late flurry of yellow cards as United began to get frustrated.

They had a lot of the ball after the interval, but Doncaster are in fine form and defended well, the one chance coming when Henry got a low shot away but Mackie was offside when he touched it goalwards. But on the hour the pressure finally told when Whyte levelled.

It was quick thinking from Henry initially, demanding that Hanson roll a free kick to him in a dangerous amount of space 30 yards from goal. Seeing Whyte at full speed, Henry rolled the ball inside the stranded full back for the Northern Irish winger, who thrashed the ball low and true across Ian Lawlor for a well-taken goal that deservedly levelled things.

Nelson, superb throughout, might well have won it in the 72nd minute but a defender came from nowhere to slide in and take his goalbound effort wide after yet another superb cross from the tireless Ruffels on the left. The heroic Henry saw a shot headed clear as United piled on the pressure and there were moments of sheer class from him all afternoon, but in the very last minute of the 90 United's hard work looked to have been undone when the ball was cut back, blocked first time but ran for May, who buried it past Eastwood from six yards to make it 2-1.

United dont know when they are beaten. With 96 minutes gone, Ruffels picked up the ball on the edge of the box and curled it right-footed in off the post for a fully deserved equaliser for this battling United side.

Brilliant. One defeat in 16. See you on Boxing Day at home to Southend...

Att: 7425

Away: 470

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels and Darrell Fisher

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Ticket News

Doncaster Away Details

Ticket details for our game away at Rovers on Saturday

21 December 2018

Ticket information for our game at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday is as follows.

Doncaster Rovers
Saturday 22nd December | 3pm | Sky Bet League 1 | DN4 5JW

This game is NOT All Ticket but those who wish to buy in advance can do so from 01865 337533 or in person until 3pm on Friday

The tickets for this game are unreserved seating with no price increase on the day and can be purchased on the day CASH ONLY from the Doncaster Academy reception from two hours before kick off, located next to the away turnstiles.

Prices

Adult £21
60 and over £17
22-24 £17
18-21 £13
12-17 £8
11 and under £5

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users pay the relevant age-related price with carer FREE. Must be on higher-rate DLA.

LONDON ROAD TRAVEL
Depart stadium:             9.45 am prompt
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 10 am prompt

Adult member                  £20
Adult non-member           £22
U18 member                   £18
U18 non-member            £20

Call 01865 337533 or visit oufctickets.co.uk to book.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

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