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23 March 2019 Venue Ricoh Arena Attendance

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PREVIEW Coventry City v Oxford United

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

22 March 2019

Oxford United look to build on beating Bradford when they travel to Coventry City on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS
The U's are without Gavin Whyte, who is away with Northern Ireland, and Jonte Smith, who is with the Bermuda squad, but have no new injuries after last week's dramatic win over Bradford City.

Whyte's absence means either Luke Garbutt or Marcus Browne are likely to start in his place while Jamie Mackie's winner last weekend may see him given a starting place ahead of Jerome Sinclair.

See Karl Robinson and James Henry previewing the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has guided his side to within one point of the play-offs and knows his side face a United team gathering momentum at the right moment:

“Oxford this weekend will be a threat, as are all the other teams we have left to play" he said "but we have to keep trying to win and look forward to the games we have left. Being back on home soil is good for us and if we can win those games, then it means we possibly only have to win one of the away games.

“Looking at, it five wins and a couple of draws will do us, but there are only 8 games left so there is not much room for error.It is not something we aren’t going to be afraid of though, we are going to go out and enjoy it and see how close we can get and see if we can sneak into that last place.

“Football doesn’t throw up results you expect all the time though, there will be some curve balls and we may win games that we have down as a draw on paper, but fortunately you don’t play the games on paper, we have to go out and perform.

TICKETS

Prices for the game go up by £3 on the day :

Advance Prices

Adult £22
60 and Over £15
18-21 £15
Student with valid NUS card £15
Under 18 £10

Ambulant and wheelchair pay age related price as above.

Call 01865 337533 to book before 3pm on Friday.

Supporters may be held back after the final whistle to assist with crowd control

GETTING THERE
Before the game there is a 2 carriage service running once an hour between Coventry station and Coventry arena station (The Ricoh). After the game services leave Coventry arena at 16:28, 17:28, 18:28 and 19:58 all towards coventry.

If any supporters are travelling towards Nuneaton we have services departing coventry arena at 16:49, 17:49, 18:49, 20:22.

There is a bus service operated by the Ricoh Arena in to the city centre. There is also a taxi rank located outside the train station at Ricoh Arena.

LONDON ROAD CLUB
Depart Stadium 12:00
Depart Kidlington, Sainsbury's 12:15

Adult Member £14
Adult non Member £16
Under 18 Member £12
Under 18 non Member £14

Call 01865 337533 to book

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

FOLLOW IT LIVE

You can  hear the whole game live in the UK and see it 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.  

THE PLAYLIST
Want to get in the mood for the game? Then search for Oxford United Official on Spotify where we bring you a new playlist for every away journey, plus the dressing room playlist. The Playlist- usually compiled with the help of skipper John Mousinho is available on Saturday morning and is always flexible: let us know on twitter if you have any more to add to help get the Yellow Army in the mood on the motorway...

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Match Reports

REPORT Coventry City 0 Oxford United 1

Nelson gives United victory. Full time report

23 March 2019

Oxford United picked up one of their best results of the season when a Curtis Nelson goal earned them a 1-0 win at Coventry this afternoon. Defender Nelson's second-half effort was enough to decide a tight game at the Ricoh Arena and keep United moving in the right direction away from the foot of the table.

Nelson's goal may have decided it but the early stages were slightly ominous, with three saves of increasing difficulty for Simon Eastwood inside the first three minutes. The keeper dealt with all of them in his usual unflappable manner, marking his 150th appearance for the U’s with yet another fine performance and a clean sheet: a magnificent save on 23 minutes where he pushed an Amadou Bakayoko header on to the post the highlight.

Skipper Jamie Mackie had a difficult early header go wide but with Cameron Brannagan driving them forward from midfield and Ahmed Kashi providing a very solid base for those further forward, the U’s were well in the game throughout a very even first half. They really should have scored the opening goal after half an hour as well when Nelson got in front of his man at a corner but couldn’t steer his header on target: a sign of what was to follow.

Home keeper Lee Burge also let a Luke Garbutt effort squirm under his body on 42 and was relieved to see it roll out for a corner rather than a half-time lead to the visitors but the Yellows had done well in the first 45 minutes and then raised their game after the interval.

Eastwood was called into action again two minutes into the second half with another excellent save down low to his left but there wasn't relentless pressure by any means and United were crisp into the tackle and prepared to challenge for any ball: wingers Graham and Browne both booked before the break for strong challenges that left their markers in heaps on the ground.

The breakthrough came on 56 minutes and was a mighty good scramble; it wouldn't be a United game at the moment without something unusual happening. This time it came from a wicked Brannagan corner which Nelson headed goalwards, Burge bundled on to the post, Nelson was still alert and got another touch and the U's were a goal up. Nelson's goal (possibly a Burge OG) but Coventry argued that it hadn't crossed the line and Long's involvement may just have been to celebrate the goal rather than get a touch. 

Frankly, the finer details aren't too important at this stage of the season and that goal had, at that precise second, lifted the U's to a season high 15th place (soon to become an amazing 13th - almost into the top half of the table!). Stop the season I want to get off now. A time to take a breath and defend with everything you've got, but United opted instead for 'attack is the best form of defence' and Luke Garbutt almost doubled the lead with two good efforts soon after as they went for a second goal.

Such adventure was sacrificed once we got to the last ten minutes as United dug in and tried to kill the game off. Kashi and sub John Mousinho stifled any home threat, Long, Nelson, Dickie and Ruffels were untroubled and United were given a standing ovation by their magnificent travelling fans as they celebrated a famous win on the road; just the second of the season but vitally important.

A fantastic victory. Note to all the youngsters on the Family Away Day: it's not always this good, but when it is, it's brilliant....

Att: 14,044

Away: 2,007

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

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Ticket News

Coventry Away Details

Tickets on sale for our game at the Ricoh Arena

5 March 2019

As well as being our Family Away Day, tickets are also on sale for our game at Coventry City in Sky Bet League 1.

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

COVENTRY CITY SATURDAY 23RD MARCH 2019
Tickets are in the South Stand behind the goal.

These are on sale online (oufctickets.co.uk) until Tuesday 19th March 3:00pm. and in person and telephone (01865 337533) until Friday 22nd March 3:00pm

Prices

Adult £22
60 and Over £15
18-21 £15
Student with valid NUS card £15
Under 18 £10

Ambulant and wheelchair pay age related price as above.

PLEASE NOTE TICKETS WILL INCREASE BY £3 ON THE DAY.

Supporters may be held back after the final whistle to assist with crowd control

LONDON ROAD CLUB
Depart Stadium 12:00
Depart Kidlington, Sainsbury's 12:15

Adult Member £14
Adult non Member £16
Under 18 Member £12
Under 18 non Member £14

Visit oufctickets.co.uk or call 01865 337533 to book

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

*#OX4Life fans must be accompanied by a paying adult and adults will not be allowed on the Family Coach without an under 13.

The game is this season’s Family Away Day and we are offering FREE coach travel to all of our #OX4Life members.

This season has seen a record 620 young Oxford fans, aged under 13, join the #OX4Life scheme and when we play away at the Sky Blues they can enjoy:

  • FREE coach travel from the Kassam Stadium to the Ricoh Arena
  • Activities on the coach including a colouring competition with the winner becoming the mascot for the game and meeting the players before the game
  • Meet an injured player or two on the coach to the game
  • A fun quiz on the journey
  • Choose the Brayleys Kia Man of the Match and meet the winner at the next home game

Parents and guardians can come along and join the fun and pay half price for the coach: £7 for London Road Club Members and £8 to non members*.

To be part of what will be a fantastic day out all you need to do is call the ticket office on 01865 337533 and ask for a place on the Family Away Coach when they go on sale on Thursday.

Please note that spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

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