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23 February 2019 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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PREVIEW Blackpool v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's big game at Bloomfield Road

22 February 2019

Oxford United head for Blackpool in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS
The U's will have to make changes due to suspension and injuries, with midfielder Cameron Brannagan unavailable after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season during the game at Accrington on Tuesday night.

However, the solution to that suspension may be simple - Ahmed Kashi was down to play in that game before illness ruled him out and the Algerian international could come in as a straight replacement, or John Mousinho might revert to midfield with Rob Dickie returning at the back.

Gavin Whyte is again ruled out with a head injury suffered against Peterborough last weekend, while Marcus Browne and Jamie Mackie limped off with hamstring problems and are unlikely to feature.

Mark Sykes, excellent on his full debut in midweek, is likely to continue in midfield, while top scorer James Henry stands by to start.

THE OPPOSITION

Blackpool are in receivership but boss Terry McPhillips does not believe it will affect his players ahead of the game.

“The players are fine, they’ve trained well,” he said. “It won’t be an excuse if we don’t do well this Saturday. We will have another meeting on Friday before we go training and preparing for Oxford, but as I say, I don’t think what has been going on will affect us on the pitch.

“Oxford have got some good players and I think they’re in a false position,” he added. “I watched them at Accrington on Tuesday and they got a couple of injuries themselves. But they’re very good going forward.

“At the start of the second half they were excellent but we’ve got to try and highlight their weaknesses and nullify their strengths. They conceded a couple of goals from crosses, but it’s football and you don’t always get what you deserve. 

“They started the second half like a house on fire but Accy got the next goal and knocked the stuffing out of them a little bit. They’ve got good players to come back and we’re expecting a tough game."

TICKETS

Blackpool 
Saturday 23rd February 2019 | 3pm | Sky Bet League One | FY1 6EU

This match is not all ticket and prices do not increase on the day,

Advance tickets are no longer on sale online but are available in person and by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 22nd February.

Prices

Adults £22
60+ £18
Under 18 £10
Umder 11 Free with adults or seniors

Disabled in receipt of High, Medium or enhanced rate pay relevant concession price; carer FREE

London Road Travel Club
Departs stadium 8:45am prompt and Kidlington Sainsbury’s 9am prompt

Adult member: £24
Under-18 member: £22
Adult non-member: £26
Under-18 non-member: £24

Call 01865 337533 or visit www.oufctickets.co.uk to book.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

FOLLOW IT LIVE

Hear the whole game live in the UK and see it if you are abroad in iFollow. 

OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game and the official report goes live with a full gallery right here on the final whistle.  

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Match Reports

REPORT Blackpool 0 Oxford United 1

United rock Blackpool. Full time report

23 February 2019

Oxford United finally ended their search for an away league win when a Jordan Graham free kick gave them all three points at Bloomfield Road this afternoon. Graham's superb strike in the first half decided a close game and lifted United out of the bottom four after a performance high on commitment and energy.

United have been close to that elusive away win before but tried a new formation and new line-up this time, switching to a 4-1-4-1 shape with the exemplary John Mousinho and outstanding Jerome Sinclair as the holding midfielder and striker. They were more compact and less adventurous in the opening exchanges, intentional after 90 minutes of end-to-end football at Accrington that was just too open.

That meant there was nothing to unduly worry the travelling Yellow Army in the first half; a deflected effort from Harry Pritchard to ease Simon Eastwood into action with a comfortable catch after 10 minutes and a couple of half chances and decent looking crosses which offered little threat, but the best chances of the first half belonged to the U’s, who enjoyed the better of the second quarter of the game.

The first opportunity came when Rob Dickie met a Luke Garbutt free kick on 28 minutes but headed into the outside of the side netting, with keeper Mark Howard scrambling at the base of the post. The second came with a powerful effort from Mark Sykes after 33 minutes that dipped in front of Howard, who found a way of fumbling it round the post. Sykes then had a similar effort two minutes later, saved more convincingly this time, but this time United were in no mood to let missed chances come back to haunt them.

Graham’s golden moment came after 40 minutes and owed plenty to Luke Garbutt, who won the ball, beat a couple of defenders and was upended on the edge of the box. Graham took charge and powered a free kick over the wall and in to the top left corner of the net for a textbook goal - amazingly his first for the U’s and just the second senior goal of his career. There will be plenty more for the highly talented Wolves loanee.

Blackpool raised their game after the break and once again it was time to stand firm. Armand Gnanduillet headed wide from three yards, Curtis Tilt flipped a header over as the ball pinballed around the area and Sam Long, excellent on his return, needed to make at least one important header as crosses started to rain into the United six-yard box.

With United fiercely determined to hold onto their lead, they conceded ground and that meant a huge workload for Sinclair up top; running the channels, closing down defenders and utterly selfless for the cause. Garbutt and Graham were quick to join him when they could, while Rob Dickie made one vital clearance on 70 as the ball bobbled around the area, with Eastwood for once stranded.

Garbutt almost made it 2-0 with a right-footed effort on 74, grabbed gratefully by Howard down to his right, before Eastwood came to the party with a brilliant save of his own to beat away a Joe Dodoo drive at his near post; this was as close as Blackpool were to come.

The last ten minutes were tense as the Tangerines tried to salvage a point, but United were in no mood to throw away all their hard work and slowly the home threat started to fade without truly troubling Eastwood - helped by United having three holding midfielders in front of their back four by that stage!

A massive three points based on belief and togetherness. A long way to go but the U's move out of the relegation places and for once got the reward that their sheer hard work had deserved. Get behind them next Saturday when they are at home to Scunthorpe. 

Att: 4,003

Away: 818

Report by Chris Williams, pics by Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Blackpool Ticket Details

Ticket details for our away game at Bloomfield Road on Saturday

20 February 2019

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League 1 game at Blackpool on Saturday are as follows:

Blackpool
Saturday 23rd February 2019 | 3pm | Sky Bet League One | FY1 6EU

This match is not all ticket and prices do not increase on the day,

Advance tickets are no longer on sale online but are available in person and by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 22nd February.

Prices

Adults £22
60+ £18
Under 18 £10
Umder 11 Free with adults or seniors

Disabled in receipt of High, Medium or enhanced rate pay relevant concession price; carer FREE

London Road Travel Club
Departs stadium 8:45am prompt and Kidlington Sainsbury’s 9am prompt

Adult member: £24
Under-18 member: £22
Adult non-member: £26
Under-18 non-member: £24


Call 01865 337533 or visit www.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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