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PREVIEW Oxford United v Northampton Town

Eastwood returns as the U's face the Cobblers

9 October 2018

Oxford United welcome Northampton Town tonight in their second game of this season's Checkatrade Trophy (7.45pm)

Team News

The U's welcome Simon Eastwood back into the starting line up this evening. United's number 1 has been ruled out since the first game of the season with a finger injury but has trained well and comes back into the side in place of Jonathan Mitchell. Samir Carruthers is also likely to feature after recovering from a knee injury sustained on the opening day at Barnsley.

With Marcus Browne also back in training United are only missing Rob Hall, who will be out until the new year but is making good progress from his knee injury, and Cameron Norman who is unlikely to be risked after a blow to the head last Thursday against Swansea- the usual time out is a week after a head injury. 

Shandon Baptiste returns after suspension but Gavin Whyte is away with Northern Ireland while young midfielder Tsun Dai is also away on international duty, flying out today to join the China U21 squad for a training camp in Amsterdam.

See Karl Robinson and Shandon Baptiste previewing the game in iFollow right now.

The Opposition

Northampton have struggled in League 2 this season and are without central defenders Ash Taylor and Leon Barnett tonight as Manager Keith Curle looks at all of his options

Ultimately we want to win games, we need to win games, and that is what we are working towards,” said Curle, who is also set to be without striker Junior Morias  (hamstring)

“We are still in the process of laying foundations and benchmarks, putting the pillars in place of what we are trying to do. We are exploring what is in the changing room. I know their names, and I know their characteristics, but I still don’t fully know how they react to putting them under the spotlight and the demands that I want from within the team framework.

“There are still players in the squad that haven’t been given the opportunity yet, but whether it’s a cup competition or a league game, I don’t give shirts away cheaply.

Tickets

Prices are reduced tonight to

    1893 Club
Adults £10 £20
Over 65 £5 £15
18-21 £5 £15
U18 £5 £15
U13 £5 £10
U7 £1 £10

Please note that the Central blocks of South West Upper, South East Lower and the East Stand are open but South East Upper and South West Lower and the home areas in the North stand will be closed. The North Stand will be open to away fans only. 

Season ticket holders seats are NOT reserved.

Club Shop

The Club Shop has taken stock of all sizes of the brilliant new home shirt. Why not call in before the game to grab a yellow shirt? Or you can order online at oufcshop.co.uk

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 not open this evening - it is open for all Saturday home games but not usually for midweek fixtures. 

Coverage

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to see wherever you are. There will also be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial.

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REPORT Oxford United 1 Northampton Town 2

Full time report as U's lose in the Checkatrade Trophy

9 October 2018

Oxford United let a 1-0 half time lead slip as Northampton came from behind to beat them 2-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy at Grenoble Road this evening. Leading through a James Henry goal at the break, United were undone when Kevin Van Veen's fifth of the season and an Aaron Pierre goal kept the Cobblers alive in the group stages and left the U's needing a result in their final group game at Wycom

The U's dominated the first half, although with neither team showing great form in the league it was hardly surprising that there were a few wayward passes and crosses in the opening stages; one deflection off Rob Dickie flicking the left post as the Cobblers went forward, and a cross from the returning Samir Carruthers evading a glut of forwards in the box.

Carruthers eased himself into the game, as did Charlie Raglan and Simon Eastwood on their comebacks, but it was the familiar figure of Henry who gave his side the lead with a deflected effort on 24. Sliding to his right, Henry let fly and saw the ball loop off defender Pierre to leave keeper Lewis Ward stranded and the U’s a goal to the good.

A subsequent bout of handbags broke out a minute later, with three yellows for the visitors and Henry booked for the U’s as tempers flared. With Henry at the centre of everything and clipping an effort against the post after 27 minutes, United were on top - Ward making a good save from the outstanding Shandon Baptiste after 34 minutes and Luke Garbutt fizzing a number of dangerous crosses into the box from the left flank.

Another cross from Sam Long had just too much pace for Sam Smith to turn with as we approached half time but Smith had led the line with plenty of energy and saw a flicked header pushed over by Ward right on half time, while Long had combined his defensive duties with some bright attacking ideas and United were full value for their half-time lead against a Cobblers side who had seen half their men booked before the break.

However, United hadn't managed to extend their lead despite seeing more of the ball and were made to pay for that. Ten minutes into the second half Van Veen let loose with an effort from 25 yards that beat Eastwood all ends up and drew the visitors level. Game on when it should really have been game over.

Henry poked an effort too close to Ward and Jamie Hanson saw a ferocious drive deflect just wide as the U's tried to recover from the setback but on 65 Northampton had completed their comeback when Pierre was given far too much room to take down a hopeful ball into the box and finish neatly past the helpless Eastwood for his first goal for the Cobblers and a 2-1 lead to the visitors that seemed unlikely at the break.

It wasn't as though that goal sucked the atmosphere out of a sparce crowd but United needed to show a reaction and almost did just that when Garbutt let fly from distance but saw his left-footed effort smack back off the right-hand post with Ward well beaten. The same player curled another just over from similar range on 85 and United ended the match with a line of five men up front as they tried to take at least one, possibly two, points out of the game.

Marcus Browne, another to make a return after injury, saw a purposeful run end with a blast just wide on 87 but there was to be no late drama, other than a predictable red card for John-Joe O'Toole for kicking the ball away, and new Northampton boss Keith Curle had his first win while all United could do was lick their wounds and regroup for a big league game at home to Plymouth on Saturday.

Att: 929

Away: 117

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Northampton Ticket Reminder

Prices reduced for Tuesday night's Checkatrade Trophy game

8 October 2018

A reminder that prices are reduced for Tuesday night's Checkatrade Trophy game at home to Northampton Town.

Prices are reduced to

    1893 Club
Adults £10 £20
Over 65 £5 £15
18-21 £5 £15
U18 £5 £15
U13 £5 £10
U7 £1 £10

Please note that the Central blocks of South West Upper, South East Lower and the East Stand are open but South East Upper and South West Lower and the home areas in the North stand will be closed. The North Stand will be open to away fans only. 

Season ticket holders seats are NOT reserved.

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