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PREVIEW Accrington Stanley v Oxford United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game

4 October 2019

Oxford United head for Accrington on Saturday afternoon.

United have been in great form with a record away win at Lincoln last time they hit the road plus five clean sheets in a row meaning that Karl Robinson is unlikely to make too many changes.

His biggest choice seems to be whether Jamie Mackie or Matty Taylor leads the line - the strikers have been rotating that position in recent weeks.

Jamie Hanson is still a couple of months from a return while George Thorne's dislocated shoulder will take until after Christmas before he plays again. 

See Karl previewing the game in iFollow right now where we have all kinds of madness in the Preview Show including an educational reveleation from Josh Ruffels and Matty Taylor...


Stanley Manager John Coleman knows Karl well:

“They have been doing well, Karl rode through a storm last season and has come out the other side and done remarkably well,” he told the official Accrington website.

“I get on with him really well and have spent a lot of time with him, he knows football and how difficult it is so I am pleased for him. The last few times we have played Oxford, they have not been in the best of form but they will go into Saturday’s game bullish.

“They also had an unbelievable win against West Ham and it’s a chance to go quite far in the League Cup which is a feather in their cap. Karl will believe they will win, we believe we will win so it lends itself for an entertaining game. Everyone who comes to watch should be in for a treat as it’s two teams who play expansive football on our bowling green of a pitch. There are no excuses for anyone.

"Karl is quite good during the match, I have mellowed but we will want to beat each other. We will have a coffee before the game and probably a glass of wine after."

This game is not all ticket and supporters can buy on the day.

Oxford United have been allocated seats on one side of the ground and terrace places behind the goal - uncovered.

These are still on sale by phone (01865 337533) and in person until 3:00pm on Friday.

Prices, both Terrace & Seats

Adult £20
64 and Over £15
Students with valid NUS card £15
12-17 £10
Under 12 £5

Ambulant & Wheelchair prices as above with PA Free, please note Ambulant and wheelchair will need documentation on entry into the the ground.

Car parking is available for £5 and can be pre booked by calling Accrington on 01254 356950.

London Road Club

Depart Stadium 8:45

Kidlington 9:00

Adult Member £26

Adult Non Member £28

U18 Member £24

U18 Non Member £26

Call 01865 337533 to book or visit 

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult on the coaches and no alcohol is permitted.

If you can't get to the game then you can still hear it LIVE in iFollow if you are in the UK or SEE the whole game if you are overseas.

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 is available on Saturday morning 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.

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Match Reports

REPORT Accrington Stanley 2 Oxford United 2

United's unbeaten run continues. Full-time report.

5 October 2019

Oxford United's unbeaten run continued although their winning streak was ended with a 2-2 draw at Accrington this afternoon. Tremendous goals from Tariqe Fosu and Cameron Brannagan were cancelled out by Jordan Clark and Offrande Zanzale as Stanley twice came back from behind in a thoroughly entertaining encounter.

United, all in white, played some neat football but were disrupted first after ten minutes, when Ben Woodburn was forced off after a hefty challenge damaged his ankle and led to Anthony Forde replacing him, and then on 42 when Forde in turn had to be replaced by Alex Gorrin.

To overcome both injuries and still be leading at the break shows real resilience, even if there weren’t too many chances at either end in the first half; think of it as an appetiser for a feast of a second half.

Colby Bishop headed Stanley’s first, and almost only, opportunity of the first half well over and Jamie Mackie, preferred to Matty Taylor up top, could only send an early effort into the gloves of home keeper Dimitar Evtimov from the edge of the box.

It wasn’t a lack of ability that led to a lack of chances though. One magnificent tackle from left back Jerome Opoku on Shandon Baptiste after 15 minutes was perfectly timed and illustrated the solid defending on show from both sides, while the outstanding Dickie continually picked off through passes and carried the ball forward looking to drive his team forward.

What we needed was a goal to open things up and on 28 we got a peach of an opener. Wide on the left, former Accrington loanee Fosu was fouled at least three times as he came inside past defender after defender. Once central, he looked up and fired low and true into the bottom left corner. 1-0. Five goals in four games for Fosu and his own personal Goal of the Season competition hots up.

A frustrated Stanley started to pick up yellow cards; there was a sudden outbreak of handbags on the break and a little bit more pressure when the second half got under way, but United stood firm and cruised past the '500 minutes without conceding' mark with Eastwood largely untroubled.

However when a deep free kick came in, Eastwood came to claim it but someone beat him to the punch and headed it onwards towards goal and Clark was there to nod it home and level things up. Sam Finley then hammered a 25-yard effort against the post with Eastwood beaten on that one but up smartly to save the follow up. 

Having been inches away from trailing, United instead roared forward and regained the lead through the brilliant Brannagan, 25 yards out. In a suspicious amount of space, Brannagan looked up and planted the ball in the top left corner.  Another terrific goal and United were in front once more, but this time it lasted barely three minutes.

Sub Zanzale had made Stanley far more dangerous after his introduction at half time and on 73 minutes he made it 2-2 with another really good goal. Again given space outside the box, the striker drilled it low and true and Eastwood could do little as it nestled into the bottom corner of the net for 2-2 in a breathless second half.

Eastwood then underlined his importance with two fine saves, the second from Pritchard on 85 the pick of them and ensuring that the U's picked up a point for their efforts.

I was always going to use this line at some stage, but only because it is true: you cannot win them all! A point on the road, another strong performance, and United's upwards momentum continues.

Honours even and on we go...

Att: 2,590

Away: 486

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



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