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PREVIEW Oxford United v Sunderland

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League

14 February 2020

Oxford United take on Sunderland at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday

TEAM NEWS
United are without the suspended Alex Gorrin and the injured Liam Kelly. Kelly sustained a hamstring injury during the draw at Burton on Tuesday while Gorrin picked up his tenth yellow card of the season when replacing him at the Pirelli Stadium and misses two games.

Jamie Hanson has been struggling with illness but Jamie Mackie should be involved again after missing Tuesday's game due to a family bereavement. Marcus Browne remains a doubt with an ankle injury but Anthony Forde made his return after injury on Tuesday.

See Karl Robinson and John Mousinho looking ahead to the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Sunderland have tightened up in defence with six clean sheets in their last seven games and seven wins from ten games have lifted them to fifth.

Former U's forward Chris Maguire has been among the goals and is expected to recover from a dead leg to play against the U's
 
“There was no need for us to risk him last night,” Phil Parkinson said after his side beat Rochdale in midweek “As soon as he had taken the knock, we took him straight off but he is feeling a lot better today. We will continue to assess him over the next few days.
 
“We have got players chomping at the bit for an opportunity to come in,” he added.
 
 
TICKETS
It's another big game for the U's. Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk until midday on Saturday or by calling 01865 337533 before 5pm on Friday. NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GROUND ON MATCHDAY
 
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
 
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
 
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 a Sunderland 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 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 0 Sunderland 1

Early goal sinks the U's. Full-time report

15 February 2020

A goal with the first chance of the game earned Sunderland all three points at a blustery Kassam Stadium this afternoon. Jordan Willis's header kept the Black Cats's fine form going but they were pushed all the way by the battling U's who did more than enough to have got something out of the game.

It was the first 90 seconds, not the following 90 minutes that cost Karl Robinson's side. Having conceded a corner inside 45 seconds, they then let the first goal in from it when Willis headed home a Chris Maguire dead ball from six yards out: a soft goal and not what you need against a side who hadn’t conceded in six of their previous seven games.
 
If you want to blame the weather, then a swirling wind was always going to make high balls difficult, but there was hesitancy and United were now going to have to fight their way back into the game. Some gave it as an own goal rather than Willis: what you talking about?
 
Matty Taylor tackled keeper Jon McLaughlin to raise hopes as the U’s began to settle, although the loose ball went well wide on a rain sodden pitch as storm Dennis raged all around. 
 
Sunderland had only a rising Maguire effort to worry Simon Eastwood, but the much better chances came at the other end. Dan Agyei’s pace twice took him into the area before he was nudged off balance and Taylor was close to reaching a Ruffels header across the six yard box as United started to get their rhythm back the longer the first half went on.
 
The new-look shape, with three centre halves and Anthony Forde and Josh Ruffels as wing backs, started to look very comfortable as they adjusted to the formation. The key to that is that Rob Dickie, John Mousinho and Elliott Moore are all comfortable bringing the ball out, and with Cameron Brannagan doing a superb job just in front of them there was still plenty of optimism despite being a goal down at the break.
 
If you will excuse the phrase, given the conditions, United stormed forward after the break and took full advantage of the strong wind at their backs to pin Sunderland deep inside their own half. The outstanding Ruffels had a volley tipped over, Henry saw a dipping effort similarly dealt with and the same player whipped three or four wicked balls right across the box without anyone being able to reach them.
 
Ruffels headed meekly into the side netting just after the hour and surely a goal was coming in a compelling, competitive game that was a credit to both sides given the conditions.
 
Somehow it never quite happened. Sunderland were always dangerous, Eastwood having to deal with several dangerous deliveries if not direct shots, and Charlie Wyke always a willing target for the clever prompting of Maguire, although he fluffed his lines after 76 minutes by heading an inviting cross wide when he should have done better.
 
It was the Yellows who had dominated possesion and looked the more likely to score though - there was a fairly clear handball inside the box with ten minutes left which went unpunished and the finale saw Moore thrown forward as the totem in the middle of five men strung across the Sunderland box (six in the last minute, when Eastwood joined him for a free kick, one last throw of the dice but booted clear by the jubilant defence).
 
Sometimes you can only hold your hands up and admire the hours on the training pitch that have gone in to defending as a unit as strongly as Sunderland had. United had matched that, shown bravery and no little skill, but on this occasion just come up short.
 
We move on to Wimbledon at home on Tuesday and a chance to get back to winning ways. 
 
Att: 9,105
Away:1,776
 
Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels and Tom Melvin, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Sunderland Game ALL TICKET

A reminder that Saturday's game is all ticket in advance

12 February 2020

Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 home game against Sunderland is heading for yet another huge crowd and fans are reminded that this game will be ALL TICKET with none available on the day

Sunderland have sold out of the last ticket for the away end but Oxford fans are reminded that they can still buy for the home areas provided they are already on our database. However no tickets will be available on the day of the match.
 
It's easy to book your place:
  • Online24/7 from oufctickets.co.uk where you can print at home to save time 
  • By phone from 01865 337533 9.30am to 5pm
  • In person from the Oxford United Ticket office at the Kassam Stadium 9.30am to 5pm

It's going to be another fantastic matchday at the Kassam Stadium. Be part of it.

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