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PREVIEW Sunderland v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Stadium of Light

31 August 2018

Oxford United head for Sunderland tomorrow looking to quieten a huge home crowd and make it three wins in a row after beating Burton and Newport this week

TEAM NEWS

Boss Karl Robinson is forced in to at least one change after Jamie Hanson's red card on Tuesday was upheld despite an appeal. The midfielder misses three games after his dismissal at Rodney Parade. 

Samir Carruthers, Simon Eastwood and Rob Hall are again ruled out with long term injuries while Tony McMahon, who missed Tuesday with a tight hamstring, is a doubt.

Hanson's absence may mean Josh Ruffels reverting to midfield and Luke Garbutt, excellent on Tuesday night, stepping in at left back, but Shandon Baptiste was also very good in the cup and could play in that slightly deeper role, with Marcus Browne, Ricky Holmes and Jamie Mackie all available again and pressing for a place in the starting XI.

THE OPPOSITION

Sunderland have a 100% record at home in the league so far after wins over Charlton and Scunthorpe and are expecting a crowd of over 30,000 on Saturday.

Manager Jack Ross will make a decision on striker Charlie Wyke and Tom Flanagan who are back in training after inury:

"We had Charlie and Tom back on the pitch with us" he said "“We will take another look at them tomorrow, but we have still got enough within our squad to be able to deal with the challenges on Saturday.”

TICKETS

Saturday 1st September | 3pm | Sky Bet League 1 | SR5 1SU

Tickets are on sale by phone (01865 337533) and in person from the ticket office until 3pm on Friday 31st August.

Oxford United fans will be housed in the North Stand Upper, Tier 3.

Tickets are available on the day, cash only, from turnstile 71 by the away entrance. Pre-paid collections will be available for collection after 2pm from the ticket office adjacent to the East Stand at the Stadium of Light.

Prices

Adults £20.00
Over 65 £17.50
Under 22 £12.50
Under 16 £7.50
Wheelchair/ambulant As age prices
Personal assistant FREE

London Road Club coaches

Depart Stadium: 7.15am
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 7.30am

Adult member £34
Adult non-member £36
U18 member £32
U18 non-member £34

Call 01865 337533 or visit oufctickets.co.uk to book a place on the coaches. Please note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is allowed.

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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.

 

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REPORT Sunderland 1 Oxford United 1

Holmes goal earns United a point at the Stadium of Light. Full time report

1 September 2018

Oxford United ended a good week with a decent 1-1 draw at Sunderland this afternoon. After beating Burton on Saturday and then drawing Manchester City in the Carabao Cup following a win at Newport, the U's put in another excellent performance to pick up their first draw of the season when Ricky Holmes' opener was cancelled out by Charlie Wyke's goal for a Sunderland side reduced to ten men after Max Power's first half red card.

In a thoroughly entertaining game, United dominated the first half and had the first effort of the game when James Henry sent an off-target shot wide from the edge of the area. The U’s were far from intimated by playing in front of 30,000 fans and it was certainly the 1,280 away fans who you could hear in the opening minutes.

Shandon Baptiste in midfield, who will never have played in front of a crowd even half that size, was working hard alongside Cameron Brannagan in midfield, while Jamie Mackie, preferred up front with Holmes, James Henry and Marcus Browne joining him from slightly deeper, gave United a dangerous front four. Indeed, it took a flying save from keeper Jon McLaughlin to deny Holmes from 20 yards and a brave block by a defender from the resulting corner to keep a Josh Ruffels header out of the net.

All that was missing was a goal to cap a terrific opening and on 16 it was Holmes who delivered it. Baptiste burst in to the box and was upended right on the edge. Holmes took control of the situation and curled a free kick over the wall and inside the left-hand post to give his side a deserved 1-0 lead.

McLaughlin was slightly fortunate to cling on to the ball as three United players all tried to poke it home on 18 and then a minute later the home side’s frustration boiled over when Power took it all out on Browne with a late, lunging full-Power challenge that took out the United player and led to ref Heywood showing the former Wigan man a straight red. Shaun Derry wished him well as he headed for the tunnel and was also sent to the stands in the middle of a mad five minutes that saw fouls, tumbles and a flurry of cards and arguments as the game came rather wonderfully to life.

It was time for stout hearts and calm minds as the home crowd did all they could to lift their team, but United might have doubled their lead on 32 when Mackie got on the end of a Browne free kick but couldn’t beat McLaughlin - by far the busier goalkeeper - from ten yards. With the outstanding Chris Maguire walking a tightrope by committing a number of fouls despite an early yellow card, the Black Cats were flustered and United were full value for their half-time lead.

Maguire was taken off at half time with most Sunderland fans glad that he would avoid a second yellow and most United fans grateful that he now couldn't score against them, but any relief was short lived when his replacement Wyke levelled things up just seven minutes into the second half.

It was against the run of play, with United still on the front foot, but Wyke marked his first appearance of the season with a goal when he let fly from the right corner of the penalty box with a low effort that flashed through legs and in off the left-hand post with Mitchell helpless.

It was breathless stuff now. Captain Curtis Nelson almost put his side ahead with a towering header that flew just over after 56 minutes but the home side were making light of their man disadvantage and Jack Baldwin poked the ball inches wide on 61 with Mitchell already committed to going the other way, and then Josh Maja missing a great chance to put the ten men ahead.

United had chances as well, Browne firing into the crowd when well placed on 65 and Mackie getting the ball into the net on 73 when offside, and Sunderland racked up five yellows as well as the red as they began to drop deeper and deeper.

Brannagan curled an ambitious effort over on 86, a home defender almost sliced into his own net after 92 and in the end Sunderland will be grateful for a point that most United fans would have settled for in advance.

Any point on the road is a good one, a draw at the overwhelming favourites for promotion is even better. United might easily have had more but fully deserved the ovation from their fans at the final whistle.

Point gained and forward momentum maintained.

Att: 32,193
Away: 1,280

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

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Sunderland Ticket Details

Everything you need to know for United's trip to the Stadium of Light

30 August 2018

On Saturday Oxford United make their first visit to Sunderland's Stadium of Light since 1998. Ticket details are as follows.

Saturday 1st September | 3pm | Sky Bet League 1 | SR5 1SU

Tickets are on sale by phone (01865 337533) and in person from the ticket office until 3pm on Friday 31st August.

Oxford United fans will be housed in the North Stand Upper, Tier 3.

Tickets are available on the day, cash only, from turnstile 71 by the away entrance. Pre-paid collections will be available for collection after 2pm from the ticket office adjacent to the East Stand at the Stadium of Light.

Prices

Adults £20.00
Over 65 £17.50
Under 22 £12.50
Under 16 £7.50
Wheelchair/ambulant As age prices
Personal assistant FREE

London Road Club coaches

Depart Stadium: 7.15am
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 7.30am

Adult member £34
Adult non-member £36
U18 member £32
U18 non-member £34

Call 01865 337533 or visit oufctickets.co.uk to book a place on the coaches. Please note that under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is allowed.

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