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25 February 2020 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Accrington Stanley

U's look to make it three wins in a row as they welcome Stanley

25 February 2020

Oxford United welcome Accrington  Stanley to the Kassam Stadium tonight in Sky Bet League 1.

TEAM NEWS
United have major injury doubts over Anthony Forde, Nathan Holland and Mark Sykes after the win at Ipswich on Saturday. Forde and Holland both picked up hamstring strains while Sykes has been ill since the weekend and was not involved in training yesterday.

With John Mousinho still sidelined United recalled defender Rob Atkinson from his loan at Eastleigh yesterday and the former Fulham youngster could be involved with the first team squad for the first time. 

Liam Kelly is still troubled by a hamstring problem but could be involved on Saturday when the U's welcome Southend United.

See Karl and Simon Eastwood looking ahead to the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Accrington boss John Coleman saw his side push leaders Rotherham close on Saturday and is now looking forward to a trip to the Kassam Stadium.

“Oxford have got back on track after their FA Cup run and they are probably one of the best teams who have played here,” he told the official Accrington website. 
 
“They are a top side, they turned in probably the best performance at our place this season when we drew 2-2 with them and it was a cracking game. We know all about them and they will know about us.
 
“I like Karl, it will be good to see him and have a bit of banter on the sidelines and hopefully get the win.
 
“He knows good players and he sets them up well, he plays attractive football and he plays football the way I like it to be played so that means it should be a good game, weather permitting. Oxford can be a big club and Karl has got them going now and, if he gets them promoted, who knows what they can do in the Championship?”
 
TICKETS
Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk where you can print at home or download to your phone or by calling 01865 337533

 
FAMILY
The Family Room is open for this game with player visits and we have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFCFamily.pdf
 
PARKING
There are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but with another big crowd expected we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally
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.
 
AWAY GUIDE
If you are an Accrington fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
 
CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop is open and has scarves and hats to help you keep warm throughout the winter months
 
COVERAGE
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page or here in our Match Centre, and see the game in iFollow wherever you live.
 
 

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 3 Accrington Stanley 0

Three wins from three games as United stun Stanley

25 February 2020

Oxford United are hitting form at just the right stage of the season as a 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley made it nine points out of nine and lifted them to the brink of the play-off places this evening. Goals from the deadly duo of James Henry and Matty Taylor, with a brace, gave United a third win in a row but it was the manner of the win that got United fans buzzing once again.

Despite the final score, and some terrific football later on, United actually started sluggishly and were grateful to the recalled Sam Long for three good blocks inside the first 10 minutes.
 
They then knocked the stuffing out of Stanley with an opening goal from their first venture into opposition territory. Long’s block inside his own area was flicked on by Brannagan for Marcus Browne who sent Henry away in space on the right of the box and his finish was deadly accurate to make it 1-0.
 
Still Accrington attacked and George Thorne on his full debut made another important challenge and the excellent Elliott Moore a timely tackle but it was United making the clearer chances, Taylor nodding a superb cross over the bar after 22 minutes as Alex Gorrin took advantage of his new role slightly further forward, with Thorne sitting behind him and Cameron Brannagan.
 
With Browne all but unplayable on the left wing, United looked comfortable, but then the importance of Simon Eastwood was underlined as he kept the clean sheet intact with an astonishing double save. It seemed that Jordan Clark must score but Eastwood somehow clawed that header away and then as Sam Finley started to consider his celebration routine Eastwood appeared from nowhere, Thorne at his side, to block his effort from three yards out, a third chance flying over the bar as Accrington admired the commitment of United’s back line.
 
For the boys with the Thorne in their side, behind the hatred there lied, a murderous desire for goals* and Henry almost picked out Taylor for one of their trademark team-ups before Browne drilled a further effort into the side netting via a defender’s heel and Taylor forced keeper Josef Bursik into a great save on 41 minutes as the game went end to end.
 
The only thing lacking was a Taylor goal and there wasn’t too long to wait after the break. This time it was Brannagan the provider, clipping a Browne cross to the unmarked striker at the back post who was never ever ever going to miss.
 
two-nil and United now hit top form, with Henry forcing Bursik into a good save and Browne drawing an even better one out of him with a ferocious free kick from 25 yards that would have ended the Goal of the Season contest there and then.
 
Thorne's class was evident in the hour he played, anchoring the side and spraying passes all around the pitch for a fleet of willing runners who clearly enjoy playing together. Accrington were never out of it, Joey Pritchard going close at the end of a couple of very good moves forward, but as soon as Henry got into space on the right on 72 minutes, from a magnificent overhead flick from Long, it was game over as his cross picked out Taylor yet again and it was 3-0 with Accrington helpless. Six goals in five games for Taylor, with Henry the undisputed Assist King.
 
Nine goals for, none against in three key games. Defensively sound, a keeper ready to rescue them if needed, midfielders working hard and creating chances and forwards hitting form just when required. The Chase is on...
 
Att: 5,622
Away: 69
 
Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels and Tom Melvin, stats by OPTA
 
* it doesn’t HAVE to make sense, OK?

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