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PREVIEW Oxford United v Gillingham

A full guide to Saturday's game at Grenoble Road

16 November 2018

Oxford United return to Sky Bet League 1 action when they welcome Gillingham to Grenoble Road on Saturday.

Team News

The U's are forced in to changes with two of their attacking options unavailable. Winger Gavin Whyte made his first start for Northern Ireland last night in their draw with the Republic of Ireland and will be away with his international teammates this weekend. Jamie Mackie is also ruled out as he serves a one game suspension after picking up five yellow cards this season, meaning that Sam Smith will continue as the focal point for United up front.

Ricky Holmes could return after a back problem but Tony McMahon is ruled out after cracking a rib in the draw with FGR last Saturday. The right back could be out for six weeks and Cameron Norman and Sam Long compete for that place, while Luke Garbutt (hamstring) and Josh Ruffels (knee) will be assessed today before Manager Karl Robinson can select his left back.

With midfielder Aaron Heap also away on international duty and Shandon Baptiste, Samir Carruthers, Jon Obika and Rob Hall all ruled out there could be opportunities for young strikers Slavi Spasov and Harvey Bradbury to step up to the bench: Spasov scored in the under 18s' win over Barnet on Wednesday night, Bradbury scored in the under 23s game at Hull City on Monday.

See Sam Smith and Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now.

The Opposition

“It doesn’t matter where they are (in the table),” Gillingham Manager Steve Lovell said this week. “Oxford is always a tough place to go anyway and I think they are in a false position down there. It is a big club, Oxford, he (manager Karl Robinson) has some good players there and I am sure Karl will get the team up that table as quick as he can.

“We have to make sure we give them a tough game and get something out of it. But we are on a decent run now, we have just got to keep it going. Including Tuesday (beating Crawley in the Checkatrade Trophy) we have won three out of five, one defeat and only two goals against us, so it is good, that is what we have to build on, that positive side of it.”

The Gills are without former Oxford striker Josh Parker as he is on international duty with Antigua and Barbuda. .

Tickets

Tickets are on sale from the Oxford United ticket office online from oufctickets.co.uk and from the Ticket Office (01865 337533)

Getting Here

 For a full guide to transport option, parking and buses CLICK HERE

Away Fans

If you are a Gillingham fan fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf 

Polythene UK 50/Fifty Draw

There will be another big prize in the half time draw where half the money raised goes to one lucky winner. Tickets cost just £1 and our sellers are all around the ground.

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

Family Room

The Family Room is open for all Saturday home games and features activities and games for young fans plus a chance to meet players before kick-off. It is free to join the fun and you can find it in the corner of the South  and East Stands from 1.30pm onwards

Coverage

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK, Ireland and overseas and to see if you are 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 our OUFC Live coverage. Clive lives....

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Henry on the spot as United continue to r

17 November 2018

A James Henry penalty was enough to make it eight games unbeaten for Oxford United as they beat Gillingham 1-0 at Grenoble Road this afternoon

Gavin Whyte’s absence to play for Northern Ireland and Jamie Mackie’s suspension, meant attacking changes and a return for Ricky Holmes alongside Marcus Browne and Sam Smith up top. There was also a return for the ever-reliable Sam Long at right back in a back four that needed to be solid inthe opening fifteen minutes as Gillingham sent a couple of dangerous balls into the box that needed to be defended properly

At the other end John Mousinho had an early effort blocked from the edge of the area and Holmes forced a first save from giant keeper Tomas Holy after 20 minutes with a low effort that was sneaking just inside the left-hand post until Holy intervention gave United a corner rather than an opening goal.

The excellent Henry again tested the divinely-named custodian with a 25-yard effort after 22 minutes and another long range effort from Holmes just after the half hour mark was as close as we came to a goal in a first half that had seen the U’s on top without making the breakthrough.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort with Brannagan, Mousinho and Henry taking a firm grip on midfield and Sam Smith running selflessly up front but they hadn’t killed the visitors off and that was almost costly at the start of the second half when the Gills had their first real spell of presssure, Brandon Hanlan dragging their best effort wide, but two or three other shooting opportunities coming their way during what turned out to be their most dangerous period.

Seeking a cutting edge Karl Robinson brought on Harvey Bradbury for a league debut, adding Jamie Hanson to his midfield, and moments later the U’s were in front.

Brown’s pace is frightening and when he touched it past the onrushing keeper he was caught and brought down, with ref Neil hair pointing straight to the spot. Henry, facing the giant Holy, made no mistake with a superb spot kick in to the top left corner to make it 1-0.

Henry almost doubled that with a superb right-footed effort that smashed against the right-hand post with Holy giving up the ghost as it flashed past him but United were rampant by then with Browne running riot, Brannagan bossing the centre of the park and Bradbury leading the line well.

With a back four who have made clean sheets a personal crusade United were fiercely determined and when Regan Charle-Cook did get a shot away on 85 Eastwood was right behind it, snuffing out one last moment of resistance from the Gills and ensuring that United's good run continues.

An important win another clean sheet and United are on the up. 


Att: 6,628
Away: 521

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

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