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PREVIEW Sunderland v Oxford United

A full guide to the first game of the new season

2 August 2019

Oxford United kick off the new Sky Bet League 1 season away at Sunderland on Saturday. Here we have a full guide to the game.

TEAM NEWS
United kick off the new season with six new faces. Alex Rodriguez-Gorrin returns to the club where he started his English career, Tariqe Fosu and Anthony Forde are pressing for places on the wings, Ben Woodburn has arrived from Liverpool and Elliott Moore signed from Leicester City yesterday to join Chris Cadden in the defensive options.

Gorrin will wear the number 6 but have Rodriguez on it - Gorrin is his mother's name, Rodriguez is his father's - and is likely to start in a very competitive midfield where Cameron Brannagan, James Henry, Mark Sykes and Jamie Hanson have all pressed their claims in pre-season.

Jamie Mackie is fit up front where Fosu, Henry, fit-again Rob Hall and Woodburn will all be hoping for a chance to shine at the Stadium of Light.

Moore meanwhile trained yesterday and challenges John Mousinho and Rob Dickie for a start in central defence.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now, plus Josh Ruffels in the Preview Show...

THE OPPOSITION
Sunderland fell at the final hurdle last season but boss Jack Ross has five new faces in his squad and with over 30,000 expected it should be a fantastic occasion.

“I don’t think it matters if you’re a player or a manager, I think everybody looks forward to the start of a new season and the fresh challenges it brings,” Ross said yesterday.

“There’s always a freshness to it, full stop, and in terms of for us, although we had a summer of uncertainty really with many non-football issues, from a football perspective squad-wise from where we were last summer compared to this it should stand us in good stead."

TICKETS
Tickets are no longer available online but can be bought on the day at the same price as listed below. Adults with cash can pay at the turnstile while concessions or those paying with a debit or credit card needs to go in to the ticket office to purchase. The ticket office at Sunderland is open from 10am until kick off.

All collections must be made from OUFC before 3pm Friday, after which time all collections will be sent to Sunderland where they are available from 2pm at the matchday collection point in the ticket office located within Black Cat House.

United fans will be in the North Stand, Upper Tier 3. 

Prices are:

Adults £20
Over 65 £17
Under 22 £12
Under 16 £7

Wheelchair/Ambulant: £20 (appropriate aged based concession can be charged). Personal Assistant: F.O.C

London Road Club

Departs Stadium 7:30am
Kidlington 7:45 am

Adult Member £35
Adult Non Member £37
U18 Member £33
U18 non Member £35

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 Playlist, usually compiled with the help of John Mousinho, 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 north for the big kick off.

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Match Reports

REPORT Sunderland 1 Oxford United 1

U's kick off with a point at the Stadium of Light

3 August 2019

A Tariqe Fosu goal earned Oxford United their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland today. Fosu's debut strike was cancelled out by a Lynden Gooch penalty after the break but the U's were full value for their point and will be very pleased with their start.

Despite having four players making debuts - Cadden, Gorrin, Woodburn and Fosu - United got into a nice rhythm at the start and Fosu had the first effort with a fourth-minute drive which went well wide from inside the area.

The more familiar figure of Simon Eastwood then made an excellent first save of the season, flying to his right to tip a Marc McNulty effort round the post and that proved crucial when United stormed up the other end of the pitch to open the scoring.

In reality it came from a defensive error; a loose pass was picked off by Woodburn who moved it quickly for Fosu in behind the trailing home defence. Keeper Jon McLaughlin came to meet him but the former Charlton man kept his head and clipped a delightful finish over the prone custodian for a memorable debut goal.

The Black Cats, backed by 33,000 fans, came back strongly but the back four of Cadden, Dickie, Mousinho and Ruffels were excellent, while Gorrin covered miles in his covering role just in front of them.

Indeed, it might have been 2-0 if ref Mr Wright hadn’t spotted a sly foul by Jamie Mackie while Dickie was powering home a header from a corner. That really would have put the cat among the, um, Black Cats.

Mackie and Mousinho’s experience helped settle a few of the younger players around them but United were largely untroubled for the rest of the first half after taking the lead, while the excellent Woodburn showed glimpses of what a dangerous acquisition he is going to be in that number 10 role just behind the terrific Mackie.

A 1-0 lead at the break was always going to be difficult to defend once the home crowd got going and three minutes into the second half that proved the case. Gooch was the cause of the problem, getting in behind Ruffels inside the box. A leg came out, Gooch went over and ref Wright pointed to the spot. Gooch picked himself up to send Eastwood the wrong way and level matters, setting up a superb second half in the process.

Dickie and Mousinho were immense as they repelled the home side time and time again, and Cameron Brannagan almost regained the lead for his side with a floated effort just after the hour that was only a foot too high following a terrific cross from the marauding Cadden.

Where the energy came from on a roasting afternoon is beyond me, but United's fitness shone through and it remained anyone's game. They remain a work in progress and new faces will add to this team but Karl Robinson could hardly have asked for more from any of his team today. Indeed, sub Rob Hall almost won it with a low drive kicked off the line by a defender with two minutes left after more good work by the hard-working James Henry.

Sunderland applied late pressure but United stood firm for a terrific performance against the favourites for promotion: a million miles away from last season's opening day at Barnsley. Highly encouraging - it took us until about Christmas to get a point last year so we are up and running straight away.

See you at home to Peterborough next Saturday

Att: 33,498

Away: 1,122

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Darrell Fisher and Steve Daniels

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Ticket News

Sunderland Ticket Update

Ticket details for Saturday's big kick off

1 August 2019

A reminder that tickets for our opening Sky Bet League 1 game of the season away at Sunderland on Saturday are still available in person/over the phone  (01865 337533)

Tickets are no longer available online but can be bought on the day at the same price as listed below. Adults with cash can pay at the turnstile whilst concessions or those paying with a debit or credit card needs to go in to the ticket office to purchase. The ticket office at Sunderland is open from 10am until kick off.

All collections must be made from OUFC before 3pm Friday after which time all collections will be sent to Sunderland where they are available from 2pm at the matchday collection point in the ticket office located within Black Cat House.

United fans will be in the North Stand, Upper Tier 3. 

Prices are:

Adults £20
Over 65 £17
Under 22 £12
Under 16 £7

Wheelchair/Ambulant: £20 (appropriate aged based concession can be charged). Personal Assistant: F.O.C

London Road Club

Departs Stadium 7:30am
Kidlington 7:45 am

Adult Member £35
Adult Non Member £37
U18 Member £33
U18 non Member £35

Call 01865 337533 to book

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