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17 August 2019 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Previews

PREVIEW Blackpool v Oxford United

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

16 August 2019

Oxford United travel to Blackpool on Saturday looking to build on a promising first week...

TEAM NEWS
United are off to a solid start in Sky Bet League 1 after a draw at Sunderland on the opening day and a win against Peterborough at home last Saturday. On Tuesday night there were changes to the side as they beat Peterborough by the same scoreline in the Carabao Cup and boss Karl Robinson faces some difficult decisions before naming his side.

Elliott Moore and Anthony Forde made debuts in midweek and Sam Long, Mark Sykes, Jamie Hanson and Rob Hall all returned to the side but John Mousinho, Alex Gorrin, Tariqe Fosu, Chris Cadden, James Henry, Jamie Mackie and Ben Woodburn all played in the opening two games and will be hoping to return to the starting eleven.

Shandon Baptiste in back in full training but unlikely to feature this weekend but Dan Agyei has worked hard and could be in line for a first place on the bench after Malachi Napa's unfortunate injury in midweek. The young striker's operation went well and he asked us to pass on his thanks to all of the fans who have sent messages.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now, plus Simon Eastwood, Ben Woodburn and Kevin Berkoe in the Preview Show...

THE OPPOSITION
Blackpool boss Simon Grayson expects a tough test from the U's on Saturday.

“You can’t take any side for granted," he said.“Karl knows this division and he’s got a group of players that have started the season brightly and have picked up some positive results.We will do what we normally do and that’s focus on their weaknesses and try and use our strengths to go and win the football match.

“If we can try and create an atmosphere like we had for the first game of the season and play as well as we have done then we won’t be too far away.They will be attack-minded, because Karl has had his teams like that over the years. They’ve got some experienced players with Jamie Mackie up front and James Henry in the wide positions and John Mousinho I know from my Preston days.

“They’ve got a mixture of good footballers and grafters as well.In terms of where they are in the division and what they do, I’d suppose you’d have to say it is the toughest test so far."

TICKETS
This game is NOT all ticket but fans are strongly advised to book in advance to save time on the day

Prices are as follows:

Adult £19
65 and over £17
17-21 £17
12-16 £9*
5-11 £4*
Under 5 FREE*

* Under 14 accompanied by Adult or Senior

PLEASE NOTE UNDER 2’s ARE NOT PERMITTED INTO THE STADIUM.

Wheelchair and Ambulant pay age related price as above and should be medium to high rate DLA or PIP, Personal Assistant goes FREE.

London Road Travel club: 
Departs Stadium                     8:45 am
Departs Kidlington                   9:00 am

Adult Member                     £25  
Adult Non Member              £27
Under 18 Member               £23
Under 18 Non Member        £25

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alchohol is permitted on the coaches. Call 01865 337533 to book.

FOLLOW IT LIVE
You can hear the whole game live in the UK and see it abroad in iFollow - sign up now for a brand new season. OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game, you can follow it in Match Live right here on the website and the official report goes live with a full gallery here on the final whistle.  

THE PLAYLIST
Want to get in the mood for the game? Then search for Oxford United Official on Spotify where we bring you a new playlist for every away journey, plus the dressing room playlist. The Playlistis available right now and is always flexible: let us know on Twitter if you have any more to add to help get the Yellow Army in the mood as we head north on Saturday.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT Blackpool 2 Oxford United 1

Full time report as the U's lose out at Boomfield Road

17 August 2019

Oxford United's unbeaten start to the season was ended by a resurgent Blackpool side today as a set piece and a corner gave the home side a 2-1 win. Ryan Edwards' header and an Armand Gnanduillet spot kick gave the visitors three points despite United dominating much of the game and a Josh Ruffels goal giving them hope.

It was a fine game to watch and United will count themselves very unlucky not to have got more from it. The difference between this visit and the last couple of trips to Bloomfield Road was that this time the Blackpool fans were backing their club and both sets of fans created a terrific atmosphere right from the first whistle.

United dealt with it but on six minutes were behind for the first time this season when a simple corner from the right was powered home by the head of centre-half Edwards, thundering through the heart of the defence to meet the ball six yards out.

United rallied and one or two crosses started to fly across the Tangerines’ back line without anyone being able to reach them. At the other end it should be noted that the three goals now conceded have come from two penalties and a corner so the backline were clearly coping with the threat from open play.

Indeed, it was a defender who had their best efforts in the first half hour when Ruffels first ghosted in at the back post after 19 minutes but couldn’t beat keeper Jak Alnwick with an effort that seemed to come off his shoulder. Ruffels almost turned provider two minutes later from a similar position but Jamie Mackie couldn’t quite get over his header as he raced in to meet the left-back’s clever header across the face of goal.

United played some neat football and everyone is so comfortable on the ball that it was important to stick to the plan and stay patient. A couple of James Henry crosses were perhaps a yard too far in front of their target, Ben Woodburn’s flicks and tricks almost unlocked the home defence and all was far from lost.

Indeed, had Mackie got more than the bottom of his studs on the ball after 35 minutes the scores would have been level. They were also extremely unlucky after 38 minutes when Woodburn drove through a sea of legs and smashed his effort against the left post with the keeper stranded and praying it went wide.

They were left to rue those chances in injury time though, when Gnanduillet won and then converted a penalty after Dickie brought him down, but in a breathless end to the half, United gained a crucial lifeline when the excellent Chris Cadden crossed and once again Ruffels arrived at the back post to head home via the post, despite the best efforts of the home defence on the line.

That goal changed the team talks for both managers but United would have been extremely hard done by to go in two goals down. They roared forward like seagulls after seafront sandwiches after the break, forcing corners and squeezing the Tangerines ever deeper. Henry saw an effort blocked at the near post and it took a fine save from Alnwick to tip a Woodburn effort round the post after the magnificent Mackie had chased and harried a defender into another error to allow Woodburn to let fly from the edge of the box.

Surely an equaliser had to come? On 65 minutes Ruffels was in attack once more and clipped the ball across for the rampaging Jamie Hanson to thunder a header at goal, only for the ball to come back off the bar with Alnwick beaten once more. Sub Rob Hall was thwarted by a sliding tackle as he seemed certain to score with his first touch and United had thrown everything at the home side; Henry was inches away from touching an Anthony Forde cross home as United pressed one last time.

Sometimes you don't quite get your reward but the superb away fans rose to their feet to applaud the efforts of their team once again. Lots to be positive about and a chance to put it right against Burton on Tuesday night.

Att: 9,104

Away: 894

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels and Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Blackpool Away Tickets

Ticket details for our away game at Bloomfield Road on Saturday

14 August 2019

Advance tickets for our Sky Bet League 1 fixture away at Blackpool on Saturday are no longer on sale online but can be bought by phone from 01865 337533 until 3pm on Friday

This game is NOT all ticket but fans are strongly advised to book in advance to save time on the day

Prices are as follows:

Adult £19
65 and over £17
17-21 £17
12-16 £9*
5-11 £4*
Under 5 FREE*

* Under 14 accompanied by Adult or Senior

PLEASE NOTE UNDER 2’s ARE NOT PERMITTED INTO THE STADIUM.

Wheelchair and Ambulant pay age related price as above and should be medium to high rate DLA or PIP, Personal Assistant goes FREE.

London Road Travel club: 

Departs Stadium                     8:45 am
Departs Kidlington                   9:00 am

Adult Member                     £25  
Adult Non Member              £27
Under 18 Member               £23
Under 18 Non Member        £25

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alchohol is permitted on the coaches. Call 01865 337533 to book.

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