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PREVIEW Gillingham v Oxford United

Brannagan returns at Priestfield

8 March 2019

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

TEAM NEWS
The U's welcome back Cameron Brannagan after suspension as they take on Gillingham but the midfielder may need to be patient after two wins in the last two games.

A sickness bug earlier in the week seems to have cleared up and there was a full bill of health in training yesterday other than long term absentees Rob Hall, Jon Obika, Malachi Napa and Shandon Baptiste. 

See Cameron Brannagan and Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow where we also have a great chat with John Mousinho in the Preview Show plus a frankly baffling explanation of statistics from First Team Analyst Dan Bond...

THE OPPOSITION
Gills boss Steve Lovell has ruled out a return for Ricky Holmes who had been hoping to make his return from injury against his former club

“No, he won’t be fit for Oxford" Lovell told the Kent Messenger.

“With Ricky, it could be that all of a sudden he’s right to go but it’s an injury we’ve really got to be careful on and make sure he’s 120% right to play because we don’t want him to have a recurrence. I think he might have thought of the Oxford game but we weren’t too bothered when he came back, just as long as he comes back fully fit because he’s a quality player and we’d love him available for selection.

“We’ve still got 11 games to go, so hopefully we’ll see him in a Gillingham shirt pretty soon.” 

"I think we’re playing well at the moment" Lovell added. “We’re all enjoying what we’re doing and I think it’s quite settled. Supporters will look at the table and think this one’s really important but I think they’re all just as important and any wins you can pick up will be crucial."

TICKETS

This game is not all ticket but all prices increase by £2 on the day.

Tickets are on sale but cannot be posted as Gillingham cannot duplicate any tickets if not received in the post.

They are therefore available online from oufctickets.co.uk and by phone (01865 337533) but will be COLLECTION ONLY, either from the OUFC Ticket Office before 3pm on Friday or at Gillingham, turnstiles 14-17 at the away end on the day.

We have tickets for the Brian Moore stand, uncovered behind the goal, which has a capacity of 2,200. 

We also have 200 seat tickets in the Gordon Road stand, which are only available to season ticket holders in person and on the phone (ie not online).

Brian Moore Stand Uncovered, behind the goal

  In Advance On the Day
Adult £20 £22
Over 65 £16 £18
Student*  £6 £8
Under 18 £6 £8
Under 12 Free** Free**

* with valid NUS card (take on the day)

** one free with a paying adult

Gordon Road Stand (Season Ticket Holders only) Covered on Side

  In Advance On the Day
Adult £22 £24
Over 65 £19 £21
Student*  £7 £9
Under 18 £7 £9
Under 12 Free** Free**

* with valid NUS card (take on the day)

** one free with a paying adult

Wheelchair users pay the same price as tickets in the Brian Moore Stand, age related.

London Road Club

Depart Stadium 10:45 am
Adult Member                   £17
Adult Non Member           £19
Under 18 Member            £15
Under 18 Non Member     £17

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

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.  

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...

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Match Reports

REPORT Gillingham 1 Oxford United 0

Full time report as U's are beaten at Priestfield

9 March 2019

Oxford United were cruelly beaten at Priestfield this afternoon when a Brandon Hanlan header in the 89th minute decided a tense affair in which United looked to have claimed a point with a resilient display.

Unchanged for the third game in a row, United had the advantage of a strong wind behind them in the first half, although the way it swirled round Priestfield was unpredictable and made precision passing almost a non-starter. Gillingham had the big figure of Eaves to hit up front and it became a contrast in styles, with United still trying to pass the ball despite the blustery conditions.

The difficulty in doing that was shown after nine minutes, when Luke Garbutt’s subtle pass was a yard away from the run of the ever-industrious Jerome Sinclair, while Mark Sykes’ rising effort a minute later was carried on the breeze well above both the bar and the reach of the six-foot-nine Tomas Holy in the Gills goal.

There were several efforts off target: Eaves and Connor Ogilvie sent dipping efforts over Simon Eastwood’s bar, Garbutt fired wide on 27 from the edge of the box and Graham Burke sent a free kick wide a minute later, but nothing on target, with Garbutt heading a Long cross off target once more as we reached the 30 minute mark.

With conditions the winner, it was a tough first half to watch, but that’s fine; United have been out of games by half time this season and now look far more difficult to break down as well as having plenty of attacking options on the bench for later in the game.

However, five minutes into the second half the gameplan was tested to the limit as they once again called upon their outstanding keeper to keep them level. Rob Dickie was more clumsy than malicious in bringing Hanlan crashing down, but Eastwood spared his blushes by diving to his right to push Eaves’ penalty away.

United should then have had a spot kick of their own within 60 seconds when Sinclair was giving a massive push in the back by the keeper, but ref Ollie Yates decided Sinclair had been blown over by the wind rather than any Holy intervention. He was wrong.

Ahmed Kashi, on at half time, quickly settled in front of the back four and sprayed the ball around while pushing the four midfielders in front of him further forward. Gavin Whyte was then given half an hour to help the U's find a breakthrough, although it was a brave header from the once again excellent Sam Long that kept it scoreless soon after.

Whyte thrashed a 72nd-minute drive wide from a promising position, Graham blazed over from the opposite side a minute later but with Whyte giving the experienced Barry Fuller all sorts of problems down the right, United's earlier patience looked like paying off as chances came their way. Unfortunately, a combination of stout Gillingham defending and a tendency to overplay in the final third, occasionally turning down the chance to cross or shoot when the option appeared, meant that United couldn't find the net. With two minutes left they were punished when a Luke O'Neill corner was headed back at the back post by skipper Max Ehmer and Hanlan stooped to head home the only goal of the game from close range.

In the closest of all divisions, moments like that make all the difference and United, after back-to-back wins, had missed a golden opportunity to pull away from danger. It's going to be a fight all the way from here on in, starting at Rochdale on Tuesday night...

Att: 4,991

Away: 656

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

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Ticket News

Gillingham Away Details

Ticket details for our away game at Priestfield on Saturday

4 March 2019

Ticket details for our away game at Gillingham on Saturday are as follows

Sky Bet League 1

GILLINGHAM

9th March 2019

This game is not all ticket but all prices increase by £2 on the day.

Tickets are on sale but cannot be posted as Gillingham cannot duplicate any tickets if not received in the post.

They are therefore available online from oufctickets.co.uk and by phone (01865 337533) but will be COLLECTION ONLY, either from the OUFC Ticket Office or at Gillingham on the day.

We have tickets for the Brian Moore stand, uncovered behind the goal, which has a capacity of 2,200. 

We also have 200 seat tickets in the Gordon Road stand, which are only available to season ticket holders in person and on the phone (ie not online).

Brian Moore Stand Uncovered, behind the goal

  In Advance On the Day
Adult £20 £22
Over 65 £16 £18
Student*  £6 £8
Under 18 £6 £8
Under 12 Free** Free**

* with valid NUS card (take on the day)

** one free with a paying adult

Gordon Road Stand (Season Ticket Holders only) Covered on Side

  In Advance On the Day
Adult £22 £24
Over 65 £19 £21
Student*  £7 £9
Under 18 £7 £9
Under 12 Free** Free**

* with valid NUS card (take on the day)

** one free with a paying adult

Wheelchair users pay the same price as tickets in the Brian Moore Stand, age related.

London Road Club

Depart Stadium 10:45 am
Adult Member                   £17
Adult Non Member           £19
Under 18 Member            £15
Under 18 Non Member     £17

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

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