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12 March 2019 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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PREVIEW Rochdale v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's game

12 March 2019

Oxford United head for Rochdale in Sky Bet League 1 this evening.

TEAM NEWS
The U's will wait on the fitness of captain John Mousinho before naming their side. The influential midfielder was taken off as a precaution at Gillingham on Saturday after a calf muscle tightened up but he is expected to travel with the squad today and may be available: Ahmed Kashi stands by for a full league debut if not after impressing as Mousinho's replacement on Saturday.

Defeat at Gillingham came despite a very strong looking bench at Priestfield and Jamie Mackie, Gavin Whyte, Marcus Browne, Cameron Brannagan and Jamie Hanson will all be hoping to step up in to the starting eleven this evening.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Rochdale are two points behing the U's in the table after a win against fellow strugglers Shrewsbury on Saturday. Keith Hill's departure means that Brian Barry-Murphy is the caretaker -manager and he has midfielder Ethan Hamilton available again after suspension.

The on-loan Manchester United player is expected to return while Kgosi Ntlhe and midfielder Oliver Rathbone were both in the starting line-up against the Shrews after long injury lay-offs 

TICKETS
This game is not all ticket and Oxford fans can purchase on the night.

Away fans will be housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand (unreserved seating). Tickets ordered for collection need to be picked up from the cabin located next to the community office, facing the five a side pitch.

Separate turnstiles apply to Adults Concessions and Juniors but the club recognises that some adults may wish to have their children go through the same turnstile, to accommodate this the club requests that the adult purchases a ticket for their child from the ticket office.

Prices :

Adult £22
Over 65 £16
21 and under £16
16 and under £5
2 and under FREE with a paying adult/concession

Wheelchair users: contact Rochdale AFC Ticket Office.

ID is required for all concessions

London Road Club travel

Coaches Depart Stadium 14:00, Kidlington Sainsbury's at 14:15

Adult Member £22.00
Adult Non Member £24.00
Under 18 Member £20.00
Under 18 Non Member £22.00

Call 01865 337533 or visit oufctickets.co.uk to book

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

FOLLOW IT LIVE

You can see the whole game live in the UK and abroad in iFollow for just £10. 

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. We have got you started with six songs connected to the game or from people associated with Rochdale- 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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REPORT Rochdale 0 Oxford United 0

U's pick up a point at Spotland

12 March 2019

Oxford United fought hard for a point at Rochdale tonight as two relegation-haunted teams had to settle for a draw. There were chances at both ends but a combination of some tremendous tackling and wayward shooting led to a scoreless 90 minutes that will arguably suit the U's better against the side immediately below them in the table.

In game of few chances, James Henry had the first, forcing a good save out of keeper Andy Lonergan after five minutes after Ahmed Kashi had spread the play nicely from his midfield anchor role. With Jordan Williams, named after two F1 teams, driving a similar effort wide of Simon Eastwood’s goal after ten with Dale’s first chance.

With plenty riding on the result, it was understandably tense in the first 15 minutes with both sides quick to close the other down and little room for anyone to take a touch. United then started to hit their stride: Henry fizzed a cross just in front of the sliding Marcus Browne on 22 minutes, Sam Long sent a, um, long-range effort just wide with his left foot and captain Jamie Mackie forced Lonergan into emergency action at the foot of his left-hand post as United began to create chances.

Browne almost guided a Henry cross on target on 38 after a flowing move from the U’s, but it was in the last couple of minutes that the best chances of the half came along. First, Eastwood made a fantastic double save on 42 to deny first Ian Henderson and then Brad Inman from the follow up. Then his opposite number outdid him with the faintest touch with his fingertips to push a goalbound Curtis Nelson header on to the bar. Nelson then made the first of three goalsaving tackles in the match to stop Inman inside the area and that was it for a first half that had warmed up nicely while the temperature plummeted and heavy rain began to fall.

The second half started brightly enough without either keeper being fully tested, although there were some thunderous challenges being made all over the park and it took all of the admirable Nelson's timing to once again slide in and push the ball back to Eastwood as Henderson looked to steal in behind the United defence.

The first real sight of goal after the break didn't come for the U's until the 70th minute, when Whyte snatched at the chance and sent the ball well wide from a position on the right of the area where he has netted from before, signalling the introduction of Jordan Graham and Jerome Sinclair up front to try and turn a useful point into an invaluable three.

Sinclair almost did that on 78 with a magnificent first touch and a well-struck effort that Lonergan was happy to see come straight at him, although once again it took a heroic intervention from Man of the Match Nelson to get back and somehow poke the ball off the toe of Henderson, who had a five yard head start in he race for goal.

Henry fired inches wide on 81 and there was no question of United settling for the point, even if it does keep a two-point cushion between the U's and Dale. A point on the road and the fight continues. Next up is another big game when we welcome Bradford City to the Kassam Stadium. Get behind the U's against the Bantams.

Att: 2,331

Away: 251

Report by Chris Williams, stats by OPTA, photos to follow

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