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PREVIEW Bradford City v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's game at Valley Parade

23 November 2018

Oxford United head for Bradford City in Sky Bet League 1 tomorrow.

TEAM NEWS

United look to build on a nine game unbeaten run when they travel to Bradford on Saturday. The U's were last beaten by Northampton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy when they lost 2-1. Since then their form is best illustrated in table form

RESULT W D D W D W D W W
GOALS AGAINST 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0

That near-binary goals against line is even more impressive when you remember that the 1 is a penalty at Charlton and the three came in just six minutes at Scunthorpe when the U's were 3-0 up at the time!

United are still without Rob Hall, Jon Obika, Shandon Baptiste, Samir Carruthers and Tony McMahon through injury plus youngster Tsun Dai who is still recovering from a knee injury but making good progress.

However Ricky Holmes could be available again after missing the win at Forest Green on Tuesday.

See Karl Robinson, Cameron Brannagan and Jamie Mackie previewing the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION

Bradford Head Coach David Hopkin saw his his side pick up an excellent draw against Peterborough last weekend but is looking to strengthen his side in January.

“You’ve got to look at the recruitment,” he said this week. “We’ve got no wingers. People keep asking about Eoin Doyle but he’s not getting any supply. Recruitment has left a lot to be desired.

“I’m still picking teams where I’m three or four players short of how I want to play. The fans have got to be patient with that. We’ve got to try and find systems to fit people who we can play in the team and make a structure. It is difficult but these things will change once January comes.”

“For the next six or seven weeks, everybody needs to get their head down and work for the team. Hopefully we can pick up results because that’s the main thing now. I think things will change and once we get a few results you’ll probably see a lot more relaxed strikers playing.”

TICKETS

Bradford have set up an offer for their season ticket holders for this game and the prices apply for United supporters as well. 

Tickets are £1 each as long as purchased from Oxford United by 3pm on Friday 23rd November with normal matchday prices on the day. 

These are available on the telephone - 01865 337533.

On the day prices will be

Adult £25
Over 60 £15
Student £15
Under 16 £10
Under 11 (when purchased with an adult) £5

Disabled fans pay the age-related price and must be in receipt of higher-level DLA or middle rate for mobility.

London Road Club coaches

Depart stadium: 9am prompt

Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 9.15am

Adult member: £22

Adult non-member: £24

U18 member: £20

Call 01865 337533 to book

Note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches

FOLLOW IT LIVE

iFollow has the whole game live to hear in the UK and watch abroad - 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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REPORT Bradford City 2 Oxford United 0

United's unbeaten run ends at Valley Parade. Full time report

24 November 2018

Two goals in three first half minutes were enough to upset the form book and earn Bradford City a 2-0 win over Oxford United this afternoon at Valley Parade. David Ball and Jack Payne decided the game and left United to lick their wounds after their first defeat in ten games.

With both sides in vastly different form before the game, the contrast in confidence was apparent in the first ten minutes with the U’s dominating both territorially and in terms of possession and a number of crosses flying just wide of their intended target. Browne in particular was causing chaos down United’s left and with Whyte also pressing his full back deeper and deeper, United looked to be in control during the early exchanges. However, they failed to capitalise and ultimately paid for not being clinical.

Bradford were more direct but had found Dickie and Nelson a formidable barrier until three mad minutes half way through the first half left the U’s with plenty to do when the Bantams scored twice in quick succession

The first came from a corner, flicked on by Eoin Doyle and headed home by Ball despite the best efforts of Simon Eastwood who almost managed to claw the ball back from under the bar but couldn’t keep it out. Then three minutes later a throw from the right and another cross led to a first effort that was blocked but ran almost inevitably to former United midfielder Payne who swivelled and fired home off the boot of the helpless Eastwood to make it 2-0 and visibly lift the home side.

United now had seemingly a different side in front of them and a home crowd getting right behind their side, but a Brannagan header, a Henry shot and a volley from Nelson that went straight at the keeper just before the break signalled that they were still able to create chances and but for Nelson being wrestled to the ground in a Half Nelson (I thank you) just before the break then they would surely have pulled one back before the break.

It was a similar story after the break. Nelson and Ruffels had half chances and United were still in the game but home keeper Richard O'Donnell wasn't truly tested despite a Mackie header at his near post and another volley from Nelson - United's most dangerous player on the day - both just after the hour mark, followed by a long-range effort from Browne which he fielded with ease.

Bradford, understandably, took as much time out of the game as possible and there were lengthy stoppages for injuries as United tried to gather momentum for one final push. The ball was sent forward faster, gaps were left at the back and the final few minutes were played against ten men when Nathaniel Knight-Percival led with his elbow and was shown a straight red card.

It added to the tension but for once United could not find a route to goal despite eight minutes of time added on and a looping header from sub Sam Smith that flew inches wide and a final Nelson header that clipped the post after 95 minutes.

All runs come to an end sometime. Now it is all about starting another when we welcome Rochdale on Tuesday night...

Att:19,084
Away: 812

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

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Ticket News

See The U's At Bradford For £1

Special offer for our game at Valley Parade

22 November 2018

Oxford United fans are reminded that they can see their team in action away at Bradford City on Saturday for just £1.

Bradford have set up an offer for their season ticket holders for this game and the prices apply for United supporters as well. 

Tickets are £1 each as long as purchased from Oxford United by 3pm on Friday 23rd November with normal matchday prices on the day. 

These are available on the telephone - 01865 337533.

On the day prices will be

Adult £25
Over 60 £15
Student £15
Under 16 £10
Under 11 (when purchased with an adult) £5

Disabled fans pay the age-related price and must be in receipt of higher-level DLA or middle rate for mobility.

London Road Club coaches

Depart stadium: 9am prompt

Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 9.15am

Adult member: £22

Adult non-member: £24

U18 member: £20

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

Note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol os permitted onthe coaches

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