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24 August 2019 Venue Memorial Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Bristol Rovers v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's game at the Memorial Stadium

23 August 2019

Oxford United head for Bristol Rovers on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1.

TEAM NEW
United look to bounce back after succesive defeats against Blackpool and Burton and boss Karl Robinson may make changes  after largely sticking to the same side for the first four league games. Anthony Forde scored on his home debut on Tuesday and is likely to continue but Tariqe Fosu is fit again after a slight hamstring strain and pushing for a recall.

Striker Dan Agyei has trained well and is nearing a first appearance while George Thorne has been involved in both training sessions over the last two days but is more likely to be involved next Tuesday when the U's welcome Millwall in the Carabao Cup.

THE OPPOSITION

A 2-0 win at home to Tranmere on Tuesday gave the Pirates their first win of the season and put them level with the U’s in all respects: one win, one draw, two defeats, and a minus two goal difference. The victpry came after boss Graham Coughlan spoke about tightening up defensively following a 2-0 defeat at Coventry last Saturday

"I spoke after the game on Saturday about being open and expansive, maybe we need to be a little tighter, solid, durable, hard to beat. But I wanted to give it a go this season, I wanted to be on the front foot and go after teams and impose ourselves on the opposition. That hasn't changed. I still want to do that. I want to bring a little bit of excitement to the football club.

"It is early days in the season, there was a lot of optimism before the season started and I was very optimistic myself, I still am.”

TICKETS
This game is ALL TICKET with none available on the day.

Tickets are no longer online but you can still buy a ticket by calling 01865 337533 before 3pm today for collection at the Memorial Stadium after 2pm on Saturday, or from the OUFC Ticket Office this afternoon.

Postcode: BS7 0BF 

We have 291 seat tickets for the South Stand and 850 terrace tickets.

SEAT TICKETS

Adult £26
65 and over £22
16-21 £22
Under 16 £12
Under 11 £7

TERRACE

Adult £22
65 and over £18
16-21 £18
Under 16 £12
Under 11 £7

WHEELCHAIR AND AMBULANT

Adult £15
65 and over £13
16-21 £13
Under 16 £9
Carer FREE

LONDON ROAD TRAVEL

Depart stadium 11:30 am

Adult member £16

Adult non-member £18

Under-18 member £14

Under-18 non-member £16

Call 01865 337533 to book 

MINUTE'S APPLAUSE
There will be a minute's applause before the game to celebrate the life of former Rovers striker Junior Agogo who sadly passed away aged 40 this week. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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 Playlist is 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 west on Saturday. (That's a clue to one of the songs by the way!)

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Match Reports

REPORT Bristol Rovers 3 Oxford United 1

U's beaten in Bristol. Full time report

24 August 2019

Oxford United were beaten 3-1 by Bristol Rovers this afternoon despite taking an early lead through Ben Woodburn. Strikes from Ed Upson, Jonson Clarke-Harris and sub Tom Nichols saw the Gas hit back to claim all three points and leave United once again scratching their heads as they seek their first away win of the season, despite playing well in long spells of the game.

After two defeats in a row there were changes to the line up, allowing Elliott Moore to slot in as left-sided centre half, Jamie Hanson to start in a holding role in midfield and Tariqe Fosu to come back on the left of the 3 in a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Matty Taylor initially the focus of the attack as well as most of the home fans’ attention.

The former Rovers striker had a mixed return, missing his kick in an early attack, picking up an early booking when he ran into a defender and then limping off with a groin problem that saw him replaced by Jamie Mackie after half an hour.

It was an interesting clash of styles: United tried to play their way through the Pirates and the home side tried to be a little more direct: centre half Tom Davies twice off target with efforts from nicely flighted set pieces.

If it was patience you wanted, then watch United’s opening goal. Patient play from the U's ended with Dickie rolling it to Woodburn who turned and faced goal 25 yards out. He didn't go for power, pure placement, and the ball rolled delicately into the bottom right corner for a well-taken first goal for the club. Don't think it even reached the back of the net but United were a goal up.

If the home defence thought they would get it easy, they had another think coming, with Mackie coming on for the unfortunate Taylor; Mackie immediately pinned two of them to allow Fosu to roll into a decent shooting position.

Having looked good value for their lead, United then somehow managed to be behind at the break, and worse was to follow after the interval.

The equaliser was a good strike, but could have been prevented. A ball in from the left was cleared only as far as Upson who had acres of sunlit space 20 yards out and clipped it up before smashing it beyond the reach even of the diving Simon Eastwood for 1-1. As we went into injury time, it was 2-1 when Josh Hare crossed a perfect ball in, off balance, and Clarke-Harris powered a header back across Eastwood to give the home side a half-time lead.

United stayed true to the game plan and tried to pass their way back into contention; Woodburn was full of neat movement and Fosu always willing too take men on. Dickie's clever pass gave Henry the chance for an inviting cross on the hour that nobody gambled on and a Brannagan effort soon after flashed across the box without a diversion goalwards.

Henry's touch for once let him down with a pass to Woodburn that was just a fraction light and allowed the lone defender to clear in a 2-on-1 break after the hour, while Fosu headed across goal on 71 as yet another cross came into the Pirates penalty area without anyone getting a telling touch.

Nice to watch, but soon to be punished as Nichols ended the game with 13 minutes left. Good approach play from Ollie Clarke paved the way when he drifted right to left across the area then poked through for the sub, who smashed it past Eastwood for 3-1 and a third defeat in a row for the U's.

Some nice patches in the game but not enough of them and too easily repelled by the eager Pirates.

On to Millwall. See you Tuesday.


Att: 7871
Away: 993

Rport by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Damiels and Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers Away Tickets

Tickets still available for Saturday at the Memorial Stadium

22 August 2019

A reminder that our Sky Bet League 1 game at Bristol Rovers on Saturday is ALL TICKET.

Tickets are no longer online but you can still buy a ticket by calling 01865 337533 for collection at the Memorial Stadium after 2pm on Saturday, or from the OUFC Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday

Bristol Rovers

Saturday 24th August | 3pm | Sky Bet League One | BS7 0BF 

We have 291 seated tickets for the South Stand and 850 terrace tickets.

SEAT TICKETS

Adult £26
65 and over £22
16-21 £22
Under 16 £12
Under 11 £7

TERRACE

Adult £22
65 and over £18
16-21 £18
Under 16 £12
Under 11 £7

WHEELCHAIR AND AMBULANT

Adult £15
65 and over £13
16-21 £13
Under 16 £9
Carer FREE

LONDON ROAD TRAVEL

Depart stadium 11:30 am

Adult member £16

Adult non-member £18

Under-18 member £14

Under-18 non-member £16

Call 01865 337533 to book 

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