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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

A full guide to Saturday's League 1 game at Grenoble Road

28 December 2018

Oxford United welcome Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League 1 and we have a full guide to help you enjoy the game.

A reminder that this game has been brought forward to a 1pm kick off and is ALL TICKET for home and away fans with none available on the day.

With no tickets available on the day we urge fans to book today either online at oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533. Please note that there is no transfer between stands for this game. 

Team News
Boss Karl Robinson will give his players a chance to recover after a tough game against Southend on Boxing Day in which Marcus Browne and Jamie Hanson both took knocks. The pair are expected to be OK to resume while Shandon Baptiste and Samir Carruthers are making good progress after injury and will be available soon.

Ricky Holmes is not expected to be available after his back injury, while Rob Hall and Jon Obika remain on the long-term injured list.

The Opposition
Caretaker boss Graham Coughlan is now the odds on favourite to take the job permanently after two wins from his three games in charge, with former U's midfielder Chris Hargreaves providing support.

“If anybody wants this job they will have to fight me for it" he told the Bristol Post "but who knows I may not be here in the morning. I just don’t know what is going to happen. But if I keep winning I give myself a little chance.

“If I don’t stick around I’ll obviously be unemployed and no man wants to be unemployed, so I am going to try and work my damnedest to try and turn the heads of the powers that be in my favour. It is hell of a club and it is a hell of an opportunity, but I’m a fighter and a battler and that is what I will bring to the table.”

Getting Here

For a full guide to transport options, parking and buses CLICK HERE
The Football Special Buses are running as usual on Saturday: just move your usual departure time two hours earlier.

On The Day
The gate behind the North Stand WILL be in operation, meaning no transfer from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand. All car parks are open: we will tweet if/when the east car park is full. 

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

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

Family Room
The Family Room is open for this game and features activities and games for young fans plus a chance to meet players before kick-off. It is free to join the fun and you can find it in the corner of the South  and East Stands from 11.30am onwards

Coverage
iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and Ireland and to see if you are 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 our OUFC Live coverage. 

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 0 Bristol Rovers 2

Two goal Jakubiak returns to punish the U's. Full time report

29 December 2018

Two goals from old boy Alex Jakubiak meant that Oxford United ended 2018 with a 2-0 defeat against Bristol Rovers this afternoon.

In a fast-paced game, United made most of the early running without truly testing visiting keeper Jack Bonham. Sam Long, back in the side at right-back after Jamie Hanson picked up a knock on Boxing Day, put a couple of early crosses in and James Henry fired a half chance over the bar, but Rovers looked lively on the break and the pace of Jakubiak was causing plenty of problems.

It was no surprise when the former United loanee opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Another ex United player, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, set it up with a ball in to the front man, but there was still plenty of work to do for the former Watford man, who twisted, worked some space and then hammered the ball inside the right-hand post for an expertly taken goal.

United almost replied when the hard-working Cameron Brannagan teed up Gavin Whyte for a well-struck effort that flew off the bar to safety, and there were half-hearted shouts for a penalty soon after before ref Mr Salisbury had had enough and limped off, to be replaced by Conor Farrell.

Brannagan then took it upon himself to get his side back on level terms, putting in a terrific performance and chasing the ball everywhere. He teed up Whyte for an effort that flew over, crossed for Browne who did similarly, albeit under pressure, and with Henry also raising the tempo, the U’s were far from out of the game at the break.

They lifted it still further after the interval, Whyte turning his man inside out down the right, Nelson guiding a header inches wide from a Brannagan cross and with the crowd roaring their team on an equaliser looked on the cards.

Sadly, the atmosphere was sucked out of the ground just after the hour as the Gas made it two and just about sealed their sixth successive win at Grenoble Road. Again it was Jakubiak, this time shrugging off the off-balance Dickie and running clear at Eastwood. The finish was clinical, Rovers were 2-0 up and United were headfing for back-to-back defeats.

It might have been worse when yet another former United man, Liam Sercombe, slammed into the side-netting in uncharacteristic style, and then Jakubiak floated another chance across the face of goal. You can always guarantee that this United side will work hard though and they kept going right to the end, but with one or two players clearly carrying knocks and some very tired limbs, it was always going to be difficult against a strong physical side who have now won three of their last four games and whose caretaker boss Graham Coughlan must surely be in the running to take over full time.

United, meanwhile, will look back on a frustrating game to end a slightly frustrating 2018. They get the chance to start a brand new chapter when we head for Plymouth on January 1st. See you there.

Att: 8,135

Away:1,475

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

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