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04 September 2018 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Fulham U21

Robinson sits out tonight's Checkatrade Game

4 September 2018

Manager Karl Robinson will be in the stand tonight rather than in the dug out after he was given a two game touchline ban and fined £1,000 for comments made after the game against Accrington Stanley. The United boss will also be in the stand on Sunday when United welcome Coventry City in Sky Bet league 1.

Team News

After a terrific away point at Sunderland on Saturday the U's look to continue their good form against Fulham this evening.

Jamie Hanson will miss out due to suspension, however it will not contribute towards his three-game ban after his red card at Newport last week. Meanwhile long term absentees Rob Hall, Simon Eastwood and Samir Carruthers all continue their recovery.

Youngster Shandon Baptiste is likely to feature again following his impressive performance against the league favourites at the weekend.

Derek Fazackerley has been a part of the two trips to Wembley in this competition, and says it's a good opportunity for players on the fringe of the squad.

"That's the ultimate prize, a trip to Wembley and we've benefitted from that, but I also think it's an opportunity to give one or two players, who have not got as much football as they would have liked, a game and keep them involved which is very important.

"From a momentum point of view it gives us the opportunity to have another home game, and build some momentum on the back of a couple of decent results that we've just had, so if we can do that then the competition serves a good purpose."

See all of Faz's thoughts on the game in iFollow ahead of the match.

The Opposition

Fulham will be without promising winger Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson after the 19-year old secured a loan move to Danish top-flight side Vendsyssel FF on deadline day last Friday. Meanwhile Steven Sessegnon, the twin brother of teammate Ryan, could feature after his first team involvements in the EFL Cup last week.

Last season the side were unfortunate to miss out on qualifying for the knockout stages with two wins and a defeat. The young Whites are still chasing their first win of the season, but are looking to build on a good point at home to Southampton on Saturday.

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 on 01865 337533

Ticket prices have been reduced in all areas for the match:

    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 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. 

Away Fans

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

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

As the North Stand is open to away support only, the Family Room will not be open this evening.

Coverage

iFollow is back with full commentary on the game, thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford. 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 3 Fulham U21 0

U's start Checkatrade with a win as Spasov makes his mark

4 September 2018

Oxford United started their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a thorough 3-0 win over Fulham Under 21s this evening at the Kassam Stadium. Goals from Sam Smith, Ricky Holmes and 16-year-old Slavi Spasov on his debut did the trick as United made it four games unbeaten in all competitions.

United nearly opened the scoring in just the fourth minute when Holmes showed superb technique to volley a shot goalwards from the edge of the box only to see it crash back into play off the crossbar with Stahl stranded. They dominated the first half and might have scored through Smith with a header and another effort from the excellent Holmes before they finally took the lead after 31 minutes.

Fabio Lopes, just 16 and looking very mature just behind Smith up front, shielded the ball before laying it back for James Henry. His effort was half blocked but ran through for Smith who calmly planted it past Stahl for his first United goal.

The Fulham youngsters had looked neat on the ball but short on ideas as to how to get beyond the United backline of Tony McMahon, Curtis Nelson, Rob Dickie and Luke Garbutt, while Lopes might have opened his account in the 40th minute when Smith cut the ball back but the youngster couldn’t force the ball past a sliding defender.

Henry should also have scored right on half time when Stahl slapped away a Brannagan blast but only as far as Henry, who couldn’t bring a difficult bouncing ball down quickly enough to steer his effort past the keeper. Nonetheless, the U’s were full value for their half-time lead, having had an astonishing 76% possession, according to the official stats.

They were then handed a man advantage for most of the second period when Lopes, a willing runner, chased down a through ball and was beaten to it by Stahl who unfortunately handled the ball outside his area. Ref Craig Hicks had little option other than the red card and although Holmes's free kick came to nothing, Fulham were now a man down.

The last thing you need when you are a team of rookies is players like Henry and Holmes coming at you and just before the hour it was the former who started off a flowing move by outmuscling his man deep inside the United half then moving the ball for Smith to run with. Fulham backed off, Smith fed the sprinting Holmes and his perfect finish clipped the base of the right post before rolling gently into the net, with sub keeper George Wickens helpless. Three goals in three games for Holmes.

Wickens did make one very good save when Smith almost beat him at his near post on 62 before the two scorers were replaced by Jon Obika and debutant Spasov, giving United two 16-year-olds on the pitch and once again highlighting the fantastic work of the Academy, who continue to bring through young players for the first team - Sam Long underlining that with a late cameo as well.

Lopes, who grew into the game with every passing minute, sprayed a magnificent pass for Henry on 76 that Wickens thwarted by rushing off his line to block the shot. Spasov, of Bulgarian descent and a first-year scholar with the U's, glanced a McMahon cross wide and also hit the post with a late strike and there will certainly be plenty more opportunities for both to show what they can do at this level.

Spasov's night was capped though on 86 when he scored the debut goal he can only have dreaemd of. Obika won the penalty, powering past a defender and being bundled over. While he picked himself up and discussed with McMahon who should take the penalty, Spasov was quietly ushered forward and made it a night he will never forget by calmly slotting the penalty inside the left-hand post for the first of many goals to come.

Thoroughly professional all over the park, United now move on to face Northampton Town at home and Wycombe Wanderers away in their remaining two games in the group.

Att: 1,116
Away: 76

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

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Ticket News

Fulham Ticket Reminder

U's at home on Tuesday night with prices reduced for the Checkatrade Trophy

3 September 2018

Fans are reminded that prices in all areas have been reduced for Tuesday night's home game against Fulham U21 in the Checkatrade Trophy

Prices for the game 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 for the home games 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  but tickets can be bought  online from oufctickets.co.uk and by calling 01865 337533

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