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PREVIEW Oxford United v Coventry City

A full guide to Sunday's big game at the Kassam Stadium

7 September 2018

Oxford United welcome Coventry City to the Kassam Stadium on Sunday with a midday kick-off a

Team News

The U's are unbeaten in four games and welcome back Marcus Browne, Jamie Mackie and Curtis Nelson to the squad that beat Fulham under 21s in midweek in the Checkatrade Trophy.

All three were rested in midweek but are expected to feature, while Shandon Baptiste is likely to continue after shaking off a knee problem he picked up in the draw at Sunderland last weekend. Baptiste hopes to train tomorrow and be involved, having missed a chance to play for Grenada, but Gavin Whyte is away with Northern Ireland and unavailable for the U's.

Samir Carruthers is now out of his protective cast and starting to train again while Rob Hall is back around the club and in good spirits after his knee operation.

See Karl Robinson, John Mousinho and a full preview Show, all in iFollow ahead of the match.

The Opposition

Coventry boss Mark Robins has seen his side win just one of their opening six matches in League One this season but is looking forward to the trip to Oxford on Sunday

“It’s a great game to be involved in," he said."It’s a game on Sky against near neighbours and they’re a good team and it’s a big game for everyone and one to look forward to. It’s a different game and different scenario.

“There’s three points at stake and we want the three points and we need to start picking them up and I know that but we have to maintain what we do and the direction of travel. We’re working hard to instil a way of playing that people enjoy watching and we have to make sure we are relaxed to go out and continue playing in the same vein.

“We’re playing good stuff and creating chances, I think I would be more worried if we were not creating chances, but we have to keep going in the same vein."

Tickets

You can save time and money by printing tickets at home after ordering online HERE. The ticket office is open to personal callers and phone calls from 9.15 on Sunday morning on 01865 337533

Getting Here

The Football Special buses are running as usual but three hours ahead of the usual timetables, since the game is three hours earlier than usual! For the full timetables click HERE

Away Fans

If you are a Coventry fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf Don't forget that there is a special away version of the matchday programme with additional information for visiting supporters.

Half Time

The Polythene UK half-time draw offers huge cash prizes and reverts to its old style this season: one large cash prize. Tickets are available all around the ground. 

Club Shop

The Club Shop has the brilliant new home and away kits available and can now offer the official letters and numbers for this season. Call in before or after the game, or for an hour after the final whistle, or visit oufcshop.co.uk.

Family Room

Join us in the Family Room - open to all junior supporters from 10.30 onwards and hosting a whole range of activities as well as visits from Olly the Ox and the players. It's free to everyone and located in the east corner of the North Stand

Coverage

iFollow is back with full commentary on the game, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford, and live video for overseas fans. 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 Coventry City 2

U's lose to Sky Blues. Full time report

9 September 2018

Oxford United were beaten 2-1 by Coventry City this afternoon in front of the SKY cameras. An own goal from John Mousinho and a Conor Chaplin penalty earned the Sky Blues all three points despite a late goal from Jon Oika to set up a grandstand finish.

Unchanged from the team that drew at Sunderland, United were also unchanged in the attacking manner they opened the game; James Henry dinking an early effort against the bar after Cameron Norman had made one of his trademark storming runs forward from right-back.

That early impetus faded in the early autumn sun though. Coventry were neat on the ball and quick on the break and United were indebted to skipper Curtis Nelson after 21 minutes when he made one great block from Conor Chaplin then another to block the follow up. Keeper Jonathan Mitchell made a good save when Luke Thomas got in behind the defence on 34 but otherwise there were few chances in the first half after Henry’s early effort

The exemplary John Mousinho almost found the breakthrough nine minutes after the break when he scuffed an extremely difficult chance inches wide of the post after his defensive partner Curtis Nelson had narrowly missed heading home a Browne corner, although Chaplin came close at the other end when bringing down a tricky pass but unable to beat the fast-closing Mitchell.

Possession-wise to was fairly even but on 64  it was the Sky Blues who found the breakthrough, even if there was an enormous slice of luck. Jordan Shipley started the move, tucking a pass through for Chaplin who rolled it back in to his path inside the box. Shipley's effort was heading for the SKY TV gantry behind the goal but the hapless Mousinho  in trying to block it was only able to divert its path beyond Mitchell. Credited widely as an own goal, technically that is correct because the shot was off target but it is extremely harsh on the defender in this case.

United were brave and threw on Obika to try and find an equaliser but instead it was Mark Robins' side who found the net. Tom Bayliss's through ball set Shipley on a collision course with Mitchell. The striker nicked the ball past the keeper who bundled him over and Chaplin beat Mitchell from the spot to make it 2-0.

United threw caution to the wind and at last regained their early tempo. With five minutes to go they were back in the game when sub Luke Garbutt's excellent corner was powered home by Obika from close range to make it 1-2  and that meant a late siege for Coventry to withstand.

Crosses flashed across the box from both flanks but a couple of good claims by keeper Burge and some resolute defending by the men in front of him kept the U's out and led to another furstrating scoreline as their four game unbeaten run ended.


Att: 7,519

Away:774

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

See reaction and highlights in iFollow

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Ticket News

Coventry League Game ALL TICKET

Sunday fixture becomes all ticket match

16 August 2018

Our home game against Coventry City in SKY BET League 1 on Sunday 9th September has been made ALL TICKET

No tickets will be available on the day for this game.

Please note that the game was switched to the Sunday to allow it to be televised on SKY TV and kick- off is at 12.00 midday

Tickets are available now from oufctickets.co.uk and by calling 01865 337533

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