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PREVIEW Oxford United v Peterborough United

A guide to the first home game of the season

9 August 2019

Oxford United welcome Peterborough United to the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday as they try to get their home campaign off to a winning start

Team News
United have a full bill of health with Shandon Baptiste back in training and Anthony Forde coming through 45 minutes in a friendly in midweek; the Irish winger is fit but being eased into things having not had a full pre-season and could feature on the bench for the first time.

After an excellent performance at Sunderland there are unlikely to be too many changes to the side and John Mousinho stands by to make the 500th senior appearance of his long and distinguished career.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now plus Chris Cadden and a cast of thousands in an even more manic than usual Preview Show in iFollow.

The Opposition
Darren Ferguson has had a busy summer with nine arrivals including forward George Boyd, while the club is reported to have turned down a £4m bid from Sunderland for Ivan Toney yesterday.

“There seems to be a bit of a buzz around the place at the moment" Ferguson said. "As a manager you’ve got to manage expectations and fans expectations but we’ve been very strong in our recruitment so far. We’ve signed nine players now, a lot of which have been stand out signings that are getting people excited.

“Obviously last season we just missed out on the Play-Offs, but the recruitment we’ve done this summer has been done very quickly, we’ve got players in and we’re all happy with things so far.”

Match Day
The RES gate behind the North Stand will be in operation for this game meaning fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand after the game. See the Match Pack block above for the best ways to make the most out of your day, including travel details and an away fans guide.

Tickets
This game is not all ticket and you can book your place online from oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533 

Family
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

Guest of Honour/Half Time Draw
We are delighted to have Trevor Hebberd as our guest tomorrow; the Milk Cup hero will be talking to guests in the MGroup 1893 Club before the game and we are sure you will welcome him home when he helps with the half time Polythene UK 50/Fifty draw. Tickets for the draw are available all around the ground.

Coverage
iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and see overseas.There will be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial and on this site via the Match Centre (try it- it is new and proving very popular) with a match report right on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 1 Peterborough United 0

Brannagan goal gives United their first

10 August 2019

Oxford United picked up their first win of the season thanks to a Cameron Brannagan goal that earned them a 1-0 win over much-fancied Peterborough United this afternoon. Brannagan's 12th minute strike was enough to divide two good teams and leave Karl Robinson's side unbeaten after two games of the fledgling campaign.

United, unchanged from the side that drew at Sunderland seven days earlier, went close inside the first four minutes when Tariqe Fosu rattled an early effort against the post after sending two defenders flying on a sodden Kassam Stadium pitch. Jamie Mackie headed the cross over when Josh Ruffels recycled the ball but having pressed the Posh back there was no surprise to see the U’s take the lead after 12 minutes.

Chris Cadden, always an outlet down the right, raced forward at pace and flicked the ball through for James Henry in space as three of the visitors’ back line stepped up while Niall Mason dawdled. The last thing you want to do is give Henry space behind your defence and when his ball was only half cleared to the edge of the area by Alex Woodyard, Brannagan was there to smash an unstoppable effort just inside the left hand post, giving keeper Christy Pym no chance at all.

Cameron Brannagan opens the scoring

It was a bright, open game although a couple of hefty challenges kept ref Salisbury interested. That was competitive rather than malicious though and in Fosu and Woodburn United had players willing to try a flick or a feint to open up the visiting defence.

Peterborough also have a variety of ways of creating chances including the power of Ivan Toney, the pace of Mo Eisa and the skills of Marcus Maddison who sent one free kick too high, one wide right and saw two 45th minute corners just about cleared at the near post as United scrambled to keep their lead.

Set pieces aside, United were largely untroubled in the first half and might have doubled their lead after half an hour had Woodburn not dragged a drive just wide when well placed, or on 36 when Mackie slid in with typical bravery but couldn’t quite steer a Ruffels cross past a covering defender who forced it away for a corner.

A quiet word here for Alex Rodriguez-Gorrin as well. The new arrival in midfield quietly purrs around in midfield but won countless tackles and kept the shape for his side, allowing those further forward to catch the eye with some slick passing and movement. It was not just the Spaniard snapping into challenges though: United were first to the ball throughout a highly encouraging first half.

Peterborough were bound to improve after the break, with two subs coming on as a signal of intent and Maddison (naturally) the first to test Eastwood with an early effort after the break that the United keeper needed to be alert to before touching over the bar.

Under pressure for the first time, United's two centre backs stood firm and defended stoutly. Rob Dickie, who became a dad in midweek, seemed determined to mark it with a win while John Mousinho was similarly resolute as he marked his 500th senior appearance with an outstanding performance in which his experience stood out among his young teammates.

One of those youngsters, Woodburn, will go on to play hundreds of games but perhaps at the back of his mind will remember a miss on 68 minutes when Mackie burst clear of a labouring defence and set up Henry for a delicate chipped effort that beat keeper Pym all hands up. The ball came down off the crossbar to the feet of the on-loan Liverpool forward but with Pym scrambling towards him Woodburn lifted his effort into the stand rather than into the gaping net. 

The youngster will score plenty though; one long-distance effort on 77 moved so much that Pym opted to chest it away rather than risk gloves while another drive moments later was just wide of the right hand post.

Peterborough play pretty football but so do United and on the day they had that touch more tenacity. If every season has its moments so does every game. Today, mine came on 83 minutes when Jamie Mackie chased the ball about 80 metres, and as it moved between four different players, he finally hounded it down and hammered it clear; too knackered to do anything else but earning a huge ovation from the crowd.

No shortage of effort, no lack of ability or flair. Long way to go, but two games in and United are just fine.


Att: 6,959

Away: 744

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels, stats by OPTA

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