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13 August 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Peterborough United

A full guide to tonight's Carabao Cup game at the Kassam Stadium

13 August 2019

Oxford United take on Peterborough United at home for the second time in four days when the sides meet again in the Carabao Cup tonight (7.45pm)

Team News
United won the league game on Saturday 1-0 thanks to Cameron Brannagan's fine goal, but boss Karl Robinson hinted that he may make changes for the cup which could mean opportunities for Elliott Moore and Anthony Forde to make their debuts or for Jamie Hanson to step up after impressing as a sub on Saturday

"I thought Jamie was exceptional" Karl Robinson told iFollow. "He has been really impressive ever since we reported back this summer and he is pushing very hard for a starting place."

Shandon Baptiste could return on the bench where new signing Dan Agyei could be involved for the first time.

See Dan previewing the game in iFollow right now plus the thoughts of Goalkeeping Coach Wayne Brown.

The Opposition
Darren Ferguson will also make changes to his side tonight, saying "I would have freshened the team up for this game even if we’d won the first two games.” 

“There will be changes, but we will still be fielding a strong side as we want a good cup run. Winning cup matches can have a positive effect on league form.

“What I do want to see is higher levels of energy from the first whistle. We’ve delivered two first-half performances so far that have been way short of the level required. We need to start the game tomorrow the way we started the second-half on Saturday. We want to play on the front foot, to get crosses in and to get shots away. That’s what we should be about."

The Tie
Tonight's match goes straight to penalties if it’s level after 90 minutes. The draw for round two will take place immediately after, at the conclusion of the tie between Salford City and Leeds United. United or Peterborough will be ball number 13.

Match Day
The RES gate behind the North Stand will not be in operation for this game meaning fans can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand after the game. 

Tickets

Prices have been cut to just £12 for this game with big savings on tickets for all age groups as well.

Prices are:

Adult £12
Over 65 £7
18-21 £7
Under 18 £7
Under 13 £5
Under 7 £2

These are available from 01865 337533 or on the night.

Come along and get behind the U's

Family Room
The Family Room will not be open for tonight's game - it is available for all Saturday matches.

Coverage
iFollow has full commentary on tonight's game, whether you are in the UK or abroad - video streaming is not available in this competition. You can follow the whole game on Twitter with @OUFCOfficial or in the Match Centre right here on the website with a full report on the final whistle. How DO we do that? Video reaction and highlights to follow in iFollow.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 1 Peterborough United 0

Brannagan blast sends United though. Full time report

13 August 2019

Cameron Brannagan celebrated being handed the captain's armband by smashing home a last-gasp winner to send Oxford United through to the second round of the Carabao Cup. Brannagan fired home a late free kick to seal a 1-0 win in a very close game, although a  serious-looking injury to Malachi Napa cast a shadow over the U's progress.

Shape wise, United started with a back four in which Elliott Moore made his debut, protected by Jamie Hanson in a holding role and Mark Sykes and captain Cameron Brannagan slightly more advanced, while Rob Hall and Anthony Forde joined Napa from wider starting positions.

Moore had his work cut out against the powerful Ivan Toney, who netted from offside before snapping a speculative effort over the bar after ten minutes, but the first half was overshadowed by a 20th minute challenge that ended Napa’s evening early as he departed in obvious discomfort on a stretcher. Terrible luck for the young forward who had played well and we hope will be back with that familiar smile on his face very soon - he will have a scan tomorrow on what looked like a fracture.

Replacement Ben Woodburn settled quickly into the front-man role but the fact that the teams met on Saturday meant they had a healthy respect and knew each other's games inside out and that led to a little bit of a stalemate in the first half. Peterborough had more efforts at goal but Eastwood’s one good save was really the only danger at either end and both Long and Brannagan sent in late efforts as United ended the first 45 minutes well.

Peterborough, as in the meeting four days earlier, had a good spell early in the second half and almost found the breakthrough when Serhat Tasdemir's powerful cross flicked off the right big toe of Rob Dickie and smacked against the right-hand post with Eastwood helpless. Mo Eisa floated another decent effort just over on 63 and the Posh had been asking most of the questions for a spell before United regrouped and Rob Hall started to grow into the game with some very promising runs on the right: great signs for a man playing his first game in a year.

Woodburn tried his luck twice from distance, Brannagan clipped another long range effort over the bar after 68 minutes and, as expected, the excellent Forde and a tiring but hugely influential Hall made way for James Henry and another debut for Kevin Berkoe as penalties loomed ever closer.

Peterborough were reduced to ten men for the final ten minutes when debutant Tasdemir hobbled off with a calf problem and United enjoyed the extra space, although it was the away side who almost exploited it when sub Harrison Burrows raced away after a quick free kick but was denied by a smart save by the alert Eastwood with five minutes left.

That proved crucial when a minute later United booked their place in the second round. Henry was tripped by Mason on the edge of the box and Brannagan roared up and smashed the free kick low and true to signal a captain's contribution and send his side through. It took one last save from Eastwood to deny Eisa an equaliser in injury time but the back line had totally deserved their second clean sheet in a row.

United - winners in 1986 - go into the draw for the next round. A tough result against a tough team but fully deserved and United remain unbeaten after three games of what promises to be an exciting season.

See you in Blackpool...

Att: 2,798
Away: 238

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

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Ticket News

Up For The Cup

U's welcome Posh again in Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday

12 August 2019

A reminder that tickets are reduced in all areas for Tuesday night's Carabao Cup First Round game against Peterborough United

The U's welcome Peterborough twice in quick succession- the first game being an exciting encounter on Saturday which the U's won 1-0 through Cameron Brannagan's goal. 

Prices have been cut to just £12 for this game with big savings on tickets for all age groups as well.

Prices are:

Adult £12
Over 65 £7
18-21 £7
Under 18 £7
Under 13 £5
Under 7 £2

These are available from 01865 337533 or on the night.

Come along and get behind the U's

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