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31 August 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Coventry City

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

30 August 2019

Oxford United look to use the momentum of a Carabao Cup win over Millwall in midweek to help them get back to winning ways int he league this Saturday.

Team News
Matty Taylor is out for a few weeks after picking up a groin injury against his former club Bristol Rovers last Saturday. Scans have revealed that the damage is not as severe as first feared but the striker will definitely miss next week's games at home to Norwich City Under 21s and the trip to Fleetwood Town.

However United could have Dan Agyei in the squad for the first time since he arrived from Burnley 

Alex Gorrin (hamstring) and Cameron Brannagan (groin) are doubts  but Shandon Baptiste made his return after a long lay-off in midweek and Mark Sykes made a scoring return in midfield against Millwall.

See Karl and John Mousinho previewing the game in iFollow right now. 

The Opposition
Coventry have started the season strongly despite a summer of upheaval that saw eleven players leave and ten new faces arrive. Former United player Junior Brown is the latest to depart, joining Scunthorpe United on loan this week, while midfielder Callum O’Hare joined the club from Aston Villa last week on a season-long loan.

“When Callum O’Hare came in we saw that as the last piece of business but you never know, something might happen." Boss Mark Robins said this week.“We have got to get through the weekend in terms of injuries and see where we are after that but there are no plans to bring anyone in at this stage.”

TICKETS
There is still time to book your place online at oufctickets.co.uk and print your tickets at home to save time on the day; our ticket staff are available to talk you through the best seats available on 01865 337533.
 
Please note that this season you can download your ticket to your mobile for use on the day - no need to even print it. 

Coventry have now sold the last ticket of their allocation and therefore any fans looking to purchase tickets for Saturday's game must have previous booking history at the OUFC Ticket Office

To do so fans must have previously purchased an OUFC match ticket on or before August 13th 2019 OR purchasers must have an OX postcode.

With database and security checks we strongly advise fans to arrive as early as possible.

FAMILY
As usual there will be Supporter Liaison Officers and Stewards all around the ground to help you with any questions.

The Family Room is open for this game and offers activities, games and visits from the players pre-match. Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFCFamily.pdf
 
SENSORY ROOM
We are proud to have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Kath Faulkner  for more details: kfaulkner@oufc.co.uk
 
GETTING TO THE GAME

The new OX2 football service runs from Didcot to the Kassam Stadium via Great Western Park, Steventon and Abingdon and returns after the match. The OX2 will run for all weekend and bank holiday league matchdays this season and the new route strengthens Thames Travel’s Football Specials service with the OX3 and OX7 continuing this season.

The OX3 and OX7 services bring fans to and from United home games from Carterton, Brize Norton, Witney, Eynsham, Botley, Kidlington, the Banbury Road, Summertown, Marston and Headington. 

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS ON BUSES TO MATCHES

We are still looking for volunteers to help on the OX2 buses on a matchday. If you are interested contact club secretary Mick Brown on mbrown@oufc.co.uk

Parking
The car parks at the ground will be open as usual and we will tweet (@OUFCOfficial) with traffic and parking updates.

There will be no vehicle movement in the south car parks (VIP and A) from the 90th minute for 15 minutes.
 
Away fans-  Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
 
NORTH STAND MOVEMENT
The Rapid Expansion System (RES Gate) WILL be in operation behind the North Stand  which means fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.
 
Any supporter with mobility impairment who requires assistance during the fixture is advised to locate an OUFC Supervisor (indicated by either a yellow / orange or orange coat)
 
Cars in Car Park A will be unable to move for 15 minutes after the 85th minute of the match.
 
AWAY GUIDE
If you are a Coventry fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
 
Look out for a special match programme that we produce just for away fans featuring a full guide to the ground. Please note that no alcohol will be sold in the away concourses after kick off.
 
CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop is open and the new home and away kits are available.
 
COVERAGE
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial, or here in our Match Centre, and hear the game in iFollow if you are in the UK or see it if you are abroad.
 

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 3 Coventry City 3

U's draw a classic with the Sky Blues

31 August 2019

Oxford United came back to draw  3-3 at home by Coventry City this afternoon in a thoroughly entertaining game between two good footballing sides. Trailing to goals from Zain Westbroke and Matty Godden, United roared back thanks to a superb strike from Jamie Mackie and then a hilarious own goal from Fankaty Dabo, but were then seemingly undone in injury time when Callum O'Hare gave the visitors the lead once again, only for Dabo again to prod home an equaliser in the 94th minute.

The return of Alex Gorrin in midfield meant United started with a 4-2-3-1 shape that allowed James Henry, Ben Woodburn and Anthony Forde to try and support the non-stop efforts of the tireless Mackie up front. However, the Scottish international should really have given his side an early lead when he missed his kick in acres of space right in front of goal after good work from the excellent Chris Cadden after 13 minutes.

United kicked on from that moment and began to dominate, although they didn’t carve out many better scoring opportuities, certainly before the break.

Forde almost found the opener when he stole in at the back post but his header from Henry's cross was tipped over by keeper Marko Marosi and as much as the U’s dominated possession, they still needed to be aware of a swift-breaking Sky Blues side in which Jordy Hiwula was a constant threat down the left.

If United have shown a vulnerability this season it has been to set pieces and ten minutes before the break it was a free kick that proved their downfall. Twenty-five yards out, Westbrooke bent his central effort to the right of the wall and unerringly in to the bottom right corner with Simon Eastwood unable to get across in time. Had Jordan Shipley got more power on a 45th-minute drive from the edge of the box it could have been even worse, but United remained in the game and came out of the traps at full speed in the second half, trying to force the pace.

The problems they faced were perfectly illustrated though in the course of ten second-half seconds in which they were almost level and then fell 2-0 behind.

On the attack and on top, United were buzzing around the Covenrry area and when the ball was headed out to the edge of the box, Woodburn showed terrific technique to volley the dropping ball at pace towards goal. Three inches to the left and United would have been level but instead it smacked the post and Coventry picked it up and sprung forward with deadly intent.

Horribly exposed, the U’s tried to block the holes but there were just too many and when Fankaty Dabo dinked the ball across, Godden had sprinted the length of the pitch to head home with Eastwood helpless.

A hopeless cause? Perfect for Mackie. Sixty-four minutes gone and United made a double substitution to try and find a way back into a game that had seemingly gone. One of those subs, Shandon Baptiste, helped enormously by stepping over the ball to allow it to run through to Mackie, 20 yards out and back to goal. A roll, a sight at goal and the ball was beyond the grasping Marosi and the U's were back in the game.

Henry smashed a good effort wide on 67 then clipped an easier chance against his standing leg when perfectly placed moments later. United took the fight to Coventry, with Mackie taking that literally and the game now completely end to end. Would they level or would they get picked off again? Well, both...

Gorrin was left with his head in his hands when his 79th-minute header was clawed away by Marosi and surely a goal had to come? When it did it was Fankaty Football. Cadden's superb dipping cross was destined for, well, nobody, but Dabo facing his own goal swung a leg and under no pressure whatsoever smashed the ball past the horrified and helpless Marosi.

For the second game in a week United were back to 2-2 after being 2-0 down and a Brannagan free kick was about a foot too high as time began to run out. But even before that it had taken a magnificent block from Simon Eastwood to keep O'Hare away from goal, and as the clock ticked into added on time, the sub was once again granted the freedom of the penalty area, this time making no mistake and burying the ball beyond Eastwood.

Game over? No chance. Fosu chased a lost cause on the right, sent a low ball across and Dabo was on hand to score his second of the day in the wrong net under great pressure from Moore to spark scenes of huge joy.

3-3, ten rewrites and a brilliant, breathless, game of football.

I'm going for a lie down. See you against Norwich under 21s on Tuesday.

Att: 8,080

Away: 1,810

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels and Tom Melvin

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Ticket News

Coventry Game Is Database Only

Saturday's game changes status after Coventry sell out away area

28 August 2019

A reminder that this Saturday's home game at the Kassam Stadium against Coventry City is now DATABASE ONLY for Oxford fans.

Coventry have now sold the last ticket of their allocation for Saturday's game and therefore this fixture needs to change status to ensure that only home fans are in the home areas. 

Any fans looking to purchase tickets for Saturday's game must have previous booking history at the OUFC Ticket office

To do so fans must have previously purchased an OUFC match ticket on or before August 13th 2019 OR purchasers must have an OX postcode.

With database and security checks we strongly advise fans to arrive as early as possible.

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

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