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02 March 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Scunthorpe United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Kassam Stadium

1 March 2019

Oxford United welcome Scunthorpe to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday. Here is a full match pack ahead of the game.

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back Gavin Whyte after a head injury plus Marcus Browne and Jamie Mackie after hamstring problems that ruled them out of the last two games. However, a win at Blackpool last week may mean that all three need to be patient for a return to the starting XI.

Cameron Brannagan serves the second of a two game suspension after ten yellow cards which could mean Mark Sykes continuing in midfield after impressing in the last two games. 

Jon Obika, Shandon Baptiste and Rob Hall continue their recovery from long term knee injuries- Hall making progress this week with a session in an anti-gravity running machine, while Malachi Napa is slowly getting back to fitness after a chest infection and young striker Slavi Spasov is on the way back after an ankle injury.

See Karl Robinson and Josh Ruffels previewing the game in iFollow right now.

The Opposition
Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall is without Tony McMahon- the Oxford right-back is on loan at the Iron but not able to play in this game under the terms of that loan.

“We knew that was going to be the case" the former Bradford boss said "and we have plenty of options at right-back. It’s something we’ve looked at over the past couple of days and is something we’ll decide on nearer the game.”

“I think Oxford put in a terrific performance to win at Blackpool in their last game. They have a lot of quality throughout their side, and I think the forwards on their day can be a real handful. They cause a threat and we have to make sure it’s not their day.

“We’re well aware of what they’ve got on a big park but, likewise, we’ve been through a lot of the things we did well against Doncaster last week and have to take that into Saturday. We can be a good side as well. There’s not a lot in this league, it’s just about being consistent. We can’t do with a flat performance like at Gillingham, but recently we’ve not had too many of them. I think it has the makings of a good game, it’s a big pitch so there should be space to play, with two teams trying to win the game."

Match Day
The RES gate behind the North Stand will not be in operation for this game, meaning that fans can move from one end of the stadium to the other behind that stand. See the Matchday Info block below for the best ways to make the most out of your day, including travel details and an away fans guide.

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

The Playlist
We had a lot of people contact us after last week's game when Karl mentioned that the playlist for the Dressing Room had changed and that it was now the staff choosing rather than the players! 

Did you know that we give you the official playlist before each away game on our official Spotify playlist, with John Mousinho usually choosing the songs, connected to our opponents?

Well we have now added the Official Dressing Room Playlist as well. It's under Oxford United Official on Spotify RIGHT HERE

Youth Team
Good luck to our under 18s who travel to Portsmouth on Saturday morning in the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League 1. We will have a full report right here as soon as we can.

Coverage

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and see 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 a match report right on the final whistle.

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Sinclair brace gives United three points. Full time report

2 March 2019

Oxford United's season continues to gather momentum at just the right time. Last week the first away win, this week their first back-to-back wins of the season. Two headers from Jerome Sinclair, his first goals for the club, earned them a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United at the Kassam Stadium that kept them moving in the right direction away from the bottom four, despite George Thomas's injury time consolation for the visitors.

United, unchanged after beating Blackpool seven days earlier, started slightly shakily in a first half that should probably be glossed over fairly quickly. Simon Eastwood needed to save the first shot of the day from Funso Ojo and then race from his line to stop Kyle Wootton in his tracks (literally) when he headed the ball past the keeper before running squarely into the solid figure of Eastwood. 

United were rarely in real danger though and their best effort came when Mark Sykes raced clear on 20 minutes after a perfect through ball from the hard-working Jerome Sinclair only for Tom Pearce to deny him even a shot on target with a perfectly timed tackle just as the midfielder prepared to shoot. Other than that it was a game played in the middle third of the pitch with neither side truly taking the initiative: United didn’t muster a shot until the very last kick of the half: a Sykes effort that just about reached the underworked Jak Alnwick in the Iron goal.

Things had to improve and there was a fresh impetus to the U’s as they attacked towards their own fans after the break.

The game was crying out for one moment of quality. Levi Sutton almost provided it for the visitors with a rising drive on 56 but Graham showed his class with a wicked cross moments later that Alnwick clawed off the head of the diving Sinclair at the back post.

Gavin Whyte was given half an hour to inject some pace down the right but it was on the other flank that the goal was created and by United's other Northern Irish star. Sykes seemed to have had the door closed as he tried to get towards goal but cleverly switched to his other foot and clipped a perfect cross for the unmarked Sinclair to head a simple goal back across Alnwick to make it 1-0. 

Sinclair had deserved that goal on workrate alone, showing the full spectrum of what he is about and unlucky to see five good runs across the defence lead to nothing.*

With ten minutes left, he doubled the lead and made the points safe against an Iron side who had faded badly after the break. Whyte set the ball back, the hugely influential Mousinho sent in another tantalising cross and this time Sinclair noddded the ball into the other corner to make it 2-0. This gave United a valuable three points despite sub Thomas turning the ball home from six yards in injury time to set up an unneccesarily tense last two minutes that were all too familiar after United let a 3-0 lead slip away at Scunthorpe earlier this season!

Never mind that. Look everyone: two wins does not a season make and when the game was 0-0 United were actually back in the bottom four. But they ARE playing well and there are good signs wherever you look: Sam Long a model of determination in the back four, Sinclair off the mark and running and match changers on the bench each week.

Another good win and now it is up to the U's to keep their foot down when we head for Gillingham next Saturday.

Att: 6,237

Away: 295

Report by Chris Williams, Main Picture by Jack Brown, Gallery pictures by Steve Daniels and Tom Melville, stats by OPTA

*forgive me it IS my birthday!

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