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20 October 2018 Venue The Memorial Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Bristol Rovers v Oxford United

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

19 October 2018

Oxford United head for the Memorial Stadium on Saturday looking to make it back to back wins in Sky Bet League 1.

TEAM NEWS

United will be without Jon Obika after the striker suffered an ACL injury in a midweek friendly. The forward is looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines and joins Rob Hall in the treatment room after a similar problem.  United are also without the suspended Cameron Brannagan but have Gavin Whyte available again after missing last Saturday's win over Plymouth to be with the Northern Ireland squad.

Samir Carruthers was impressive in the midweek friendly, as was Jamie Hanson who looks to be competing with Shandon Baptiste for a recall in midfield to replace Brannagan.

See Marcus Browne talking about the game in the Preview Show in iFollow where we also have Karl Robinson's thoughts and the full game live. 

THE OPPOSITION

Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is looking for his side to get the right balance after losing their last two games in the cruellest of fashions.

“It is obviously difficult when you have lost the last couple of games in injury time,” he said. “It is about getting the balance right; yes, you want to pick the boys up because they are obviously low, because they do care, but I had to pick myself up first and foremost, and then work backwards from that. But it is also a case of the players being a lot better.

"I am a frustrated man at the moment, so the players are getting a bit of a balance of both of me at the minute, but the quality has got to be higher going forward as a team, we have got to raise that performance and keep working as hard as we are defensively.

"I think we are having to do too much work defensively in games at times and that is because we are not keeping the ball and using the ball well enough. So it is about trying to get the balance between demanding more while trying to pick them up as well.”

There are plenty of familiar faces in the Rovers squad; Sam Slocombe, James Clarke, Alex Jakubiak and Liam Sercombe have all played for the U’s and if you want to feel old then Cameron Hargreaves, a young midfielder in the squad, is the son of former United captain Chris…

TICKETS

This game is All Ticket for Oxford United fans and we have been allocated 850 terrace tickets and 291 seats - the final seat ticket was sold on Monday morning

Terrace places are on sale online at oufctickets.co.uk and by phone (01865 337533) or in person from the ticket office. 

They are now only available in person and by phone until 3:00 pm on Friday 19th.

Prices

  Terrace
Adult £20
Over 65 £16
16-21 £16
Under 16 £12
Under11 £7

Wheelchair/Ambulant (nb: Ambulant seats only)
Adult £13
Over 65 £11
16 -21 £11
Under 16 £9

All the above are subject to availabilty

London Road Travel Club
Departs stadium 11:30
Adult member £15
Adult non member  £17
Under 18 member £13
Under 18 non member £15

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

Please note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is allowed on the coaches.

FOLLOW IT LIVE

iFollow has the whole game live - hear it if you are in the UK, see it if abroad. You can sign up game by game or for the whole season, and we have full 90 minute reruns of every game. 

@OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game and the 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 and take a look here during the game where we have a new 'follow it live' feature....

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Match Reports

REPORT Bristol Rovers 0 Oxford United 0

U's pick up a point at Pirates. Full time report

20 October 2018

Oxford United's revival continued with another hard-earned point at Bristol Rovers this afternoon. Having created the better chances before the break, United had to defend well to keep a clean sheet that made it three games unbeaten, including two tough draws away from home.

United, forced into two changes after last week’s win, brought in Gavin Whyte for Ricky Holmes on the wing and Shandon Baptiste for the suspended Cameron Brannagan in midfield. Both did well, with Whyte’s pace a constant threat to the Rovers backline and Baptiste working tirelessly in a midfield trio, alongside John Mousinho and James Henry, until injury forced his withdrawal before half time.

Neither side really tested the keeper in the first half hour, although a Marcus Browne effort and a couple of dangerous deliveries from Tony McMahon caused problems for the home defence and both Rob Dickie and Whyte had efforts blocked around the edge of the area, but the game was held up repeatedly by fouls and free kicks that ruined the flow and made it hard for either team to truly pick up tempo.

However, Unted then had a very good spell before the break,and after 40 minutes one of McMahon's trademark free kicks reached the head of Curtis Nelson only for the ball to bounce back off the post: the best chance ot the first half. Samir Carruthers then came on for the unfortunate Baptiste, who seemed to dislocate his shoulder when being held back in the burst of pace that produced that free kick.

There was still time for Henry to test Jack Bonham with a low shot that produced a good save on 45 minutes, but United had created the better chances and Rovers were increasingly having to hang on before the break, despite a late free kick which at last gave Eastwood a chance to field the ball.

The Gas made two subs at half time and came out with far more attacking intent, Eastwood pushing a Kyle Bennett drive round the post and Tom Nichols pushing a tentative effort wide before Eastwood somehow made an unbelievable save to deny the same player, flicking his shot from close range up on to the bar with his right leg when it seemed he was beaten. His eager teammates then smothered two follow-ups to keep their clean sheet intact.

Eastwood saved at the feet of Nichols once more, but the whole team had fought hard to keep their clean sheet, with the keeper's excellence just higlighting the spirit and tenacity that was needed throughout the second half.

A draw at Southend, a win over Plymouth and now another point on the road. All steps in the right direction and United now move on to Charlton away on Tuesday, looking to keep this little run going at the Valley.

Att:8,506

Away:921

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

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers Away Ticket Details

ALL TICKET game at Rovers this Saturday

15 October 2018

Fans are reminded that our game at Bristol Rovers this Saturday is ALL TICKET for away fans.

Sky Bet League 1
20th October

This game is All Ticket for Oxford United fans and we have been allocated 850 terrace tickets and 291 seats - the final seat ticket was sold on Monday morning

These are on sale online at oufctickets.co.uk and by phone (01865 337533) or in person from the ticket office 

They will be available online until Tuesday 16th at 3:00 pm, and in person and by phone until 3:00 pm Friday 19th

Prices

  Terrace
Adult £20
Over 65 £16
16-21 £16
Under 16 £12
Under11 £7

Wheelchair/Ambulant (nb: Ambulant seats only)
Adult £13
Over 65 £11
16 -21 £11
Under 16 £9

All the above are subject to availabilty

London Road Travel Club
Departs stadium 11:30
Adult member £15
Adult non member  £17
Under 18 member £13
Under 18 non member £15

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

Please note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is allowed on the coaches.

 

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