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PREVIEW Cheltenham Town v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's Checkatrade Trophy game

8 January 2019

Oxford United head for Cheltenham Town tonight looking to make progress in the Checkatrade Trophy

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back midfielder Cameron Brannagan after suspension and hope to have Mark Sykes available again after his arrival from Glenavon. The Northern Irish midfielder missed out on a debut at Brentford on Saturday while the club waited on the paperwork to be completed, but Manager Karl Robinson is  hopeful it will be done in time for him to be involved tonight.

Jordan Graham, who made his second debut for the club at Griffin Park, is available again while striker Harvey Bradbury and midfielder Armani Little are eligible despite returning to Woking on loan at the weekend- both came on as subs in the Cards' FA Cup game against Watford.

Hear Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Former United striker Tyrone Barnett turned his loan into a permanent move to the Robins this week and will lead the line but another ex United man, Johnny Mullins, is ruled out through injury.

New signing Cameron Pring is cup-tied and unable to play, while Will Boyle, Sean Long and Nigel Atangana are all unavailable due to injury.

TICKETS
Cheltenham Town

Tuesday 8th January | 7.45pm I Checkatrade Trophy 3rd Round | GL52 5NA 

This match is pay on the night and prices are as follows: 
Adults: £5
Over-65: £3
Under-18: £3
Disabled: £3

London Road Club coaches
Depart Stadium 4:45pm prompt

Adult member £13
Adult non-member £15
Under-18 member £11
Under-18 non-member £13

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No alcohol is permitted on the coaches.
Coach tickets are available now from the ticket office (01865 337533)

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Hear the whole game live thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford in the UK and abroad: the only place online to hear it.

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

U's Go Through On Penalties

Eastwood the hero at Cheltenham in the Checkatrade

8 January 2019

Oxford United went through on penalties tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy at Cheltenham. Leading through a Cameron Brannagan header in the first half United were pegged back in the second half before Simon Eastwood became the hero with two saves in the penalty shoot out to send the U's in to the quarter finals.

 Brannagan, back in the side after suspension, gave the U's the lead on the stroke of half time after United had come through a  tricky first ten minutes to create the better chances in the first half.

A defence that saw Sam Long and Charlie Raglan return was asked to repel a series of early balls into the box as well as balls in behind aimed at giving Alex Addai the chance to show his pace in the first 20 minutes.

However it was a United set piece that brought the first action of the half when a scramble ended with Jordan Graham clipping the ball across and Marcus Browne forcing keeper Scott Flinders in to a decent save at the base of his right hand post.

The U’s grew into the game after that; Graham and Browne proved a highly mobile front three alongside Gavin Whyte, and with Cameron Brannagan joining in there was almost an opener when the midfielder slid in to fire home a Graham cross after 28 minutes but was denied by the sliding Jordon Forster who made a great tackle to keep it at 0-0.

United had created the better chances and as the game slipped into injury time Brannagan gave them the lead. IT actual;ly came from a Cheltenham corner, from which United sprang clear and went the length of the pitch. Overloading the home defence, Henry clipped it to the back post and Brannagan was unmarked to head home his fifth of the season.

That spurred the Robins to try and raise the tempo after the break but the excellent Raglan and Dickie were strong at the centre of the defence and there was always the risk that United would break free and extend their lead; Graham playing some delightful passes into good areas but United not quite getting on to the end of things.

That proved their undoing just after the hour mark when, having just blocked one chance when Aadai got in behind them, they were beaten by a ball in from Chris Hussey which Kevin Dawson met and steered past the exposed Eastwood to level things.

United responded- Mark Sykes coming on for his debut and showing some nice touches and Whyte a constant thorn in the Robins' side. Skipper James Henry whipped an 87th minute just over the bar, Sykes was blocked in the very last minute, but neither side could find a breakthrough, and so to penalties...

Mousinho, Henry, and Graham scored, Eastwood made two excellent saves and then  Brannagan rounded off the night with the decisive kick to send the U's through.

Att:1,288

Away: 332

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

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Ticket News

Cheltenham Checkatrade Tickets

Reduced prices as the U's head for Whaddon Road on Tuesday

7 January 2019

Our next game is the Checkatrade Trophy game at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday (8th January) and prices have been reduced to just £5 adults. Details are:

Cheltenham Town
Tuesday 8th January | 7.45pm I Checkatrade Trophy 3rd Round | GL52 5NA

This match is pay on the night and prices are as follows: 
Adults: £5
Over-65: £3
Under-18: £3
Disabled: £3

London Road Club coaches
Depart Stadium 4:45pm prompt

Adult member £13
Adult non-member £15
Under-18 member £11
Under-18 non-member £13

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No alcohol is permitted on the coaches.
Coach tickets are available now from the ticket office (01865 337533) or online at oufctickets.co.uk

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