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28 September 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Gillingham

A full guide to Saturday's game at the Kassam Stadium

27 September 2019

Oxford United look to end a great week on a high when they welcome Gillingham to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Team News
United boss Karl Robinson is in the envious position of having to choose from either the bulk of the team that secured a record 6-0 win at Lincoln on Saturday or the eleven that beat Premier League West Ham 4-0 on Wednesday.

Elliott Moore, Sam Long, Mark Sykes, Shandon Baptiste, Rob Hall and Anthony Forde all came into the side in midweek and did well but Chris Cadden, John Mousinho, Alex Gorrin, Ben Woodburn, Tariqe Fosu and James Henry will be hoping for a recall to the league side while Matty Taylor scored in both games!

George Thorne is the man to miss out after dislocating his shoulder on Wednesday, joining Jamie Hanson and Malachi Napa on the injured list

See Karl previewing the game in iFollow right now plus a Preview Show featuring Sam Long.

The Opposition
Gills Manager Steve Evans is looking forward to facing the in-form U’s.

“They were very good (on Saturday) and the reality of it was that it could have been more” he said. “Was it Lincoln having a complete off day or was it Oxford having a good day? They have got good players and will test us fully. You can you see how sometimes it is, when goals come at key stages, they get a couple of lucky goals in the second half and Lincoln dip a little. Self belief kicks in and that’s a big thing.

“But it won’t affect what we do, it may affect what personnel and what shape we play, because that is part of the analysis you do for every game but it won’t make us fear them.

“They had a few players missing early season, key players. Karl has got one or two in since then as well. When you can attract the likes of the boy from Liverpool (Ben Woodburn) and the boy Matty Taylor, who came out of Bristol City, you have top players. We know how tough it will be for us.”

TICKETS
There is still time to book your place online at oufctickets.co.uk and print your tickets at home to save time on the day; our ticket staff are available to talk you through the best seats available on 01865 337533.

Please note that this season you can download your ticket to your mobile for use on the day - no need to even print it. 

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. Car Park A, in front of the South Stand will be held for a short period after 90 minutes for safety reasons.
 
Please remember there is a resident only parking scheme (controlled parking zones) around the vicinity of the stadium which is in force on match days. These are in parts of Minchery Farm and Blackbird Leys West along with Frys Hill and Brake Hill in Greater Leys.

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.

SMOKING
Although there is no readmission if you leave the ground during the game Smoking Pens are provided in the North Away, East Stand and executive areas for half time.
 
AWAY GUIDE
If you are a Gillingham fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
 
CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop is open and the new home and away kits are available.
 
COVERAGE
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial, 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 3 Gillingham 0

Great week gets even better as United win again. Full time report

28 September 2019

Oxford United's Golden Week ended with another superb performance and three more points this afternoon. A record 6-0 win at Lincoln and a magnificent 4-0 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup were followed by another convincing 3-0 win over Gillingham at the Kassam Stadium today, thanks to two goals from James Henry and a calm finish from Matty Taylor.

Let's get one thing straight right at the start. After two results like that, today could have fallen flat, especially when the U’s found themselves in unusual territory when playing  towards their own fans in the first half. That didn’t throw them off their stride in any way in yet another totally one-sided first 45 minutes, in which they killed the game off in some style.

It took just nine minutes for them to continue where they left off against the Hammers. Tariqe Fosu was the man to start a fine move deep inside his own half, dribbling through a packed midfield and shifting the ball to Ben Woodburn (a word here for Andy Woolmer who waved play-on despite Fosu being fouled). Woodburn is a class act and basically ghosted past the few players that Fosu had not already gone past before moving the ball to his right for Henry, 25 yards out. Chris Cadden went round him and drew the attention of two defenders but Henry used that as a decoy and calmly clipped the ball up and over stranded goalkeeper Jack Bonham for a superb team goal.

It would probably win goal of the month if United hadn’t already run their own competition with some stunners earlier in the week.

Woodburn almost added another with a low effort on 15 which Bonham drummed wide for a corner, and even then Rob Dickie nearly volleyed that into the top corner when it was swung back into the box.

Never mind. United were still home and hosed by half time.

Bonham made an excellent save from a John Mousinho header after 22 minutes and some of the intricate passing and movement was an absolute pleasure to watch. The U’s were simply irresistible at times and in Taylor have a striker on top predatory form. With 29 minutes gone a magnificent pass, off balance, by the superb Henry, sent Taylor free and in on goal. Foregone conclusion. That made it 2-0 and three goals in three games.

Four minutes later and it was game over when Henry scored United’s 13th goal in 210 minutes of football! Josh Ruffels enjoyed another great game down the left and sent in a cross which Henry homed in on to head over Bonham and make it 3-0. That’s a goal every 16.15 minutes, fact lovers, and the fact that we had time to work that out during the first half tells you plenty about the performance in front of us.

It could have been even better: tinker Taylor, playing off the shoulder, spied a chance on 43 but couldn’t quite guide the ball beyond the overworked Bonham, while Henry did all he could to get a half time hat trick: one low shot saved, another that drifted wide on 44 and a last one that flew away off the left-hand post as United left to an absolute ovation for their display.

Gillingham will have had a rocket at half time and Ollie Lee did squeeze one effort against the post early in the second half, but United were in total control by that stage and had no need to throw men forward and risk jeopardising a fifth clean sheet in a row - that's 461 minutes now since the ball went past Simon Eastwood.

The football was still fantastic and some of the passing was outstanding throughout another entertaining 45 minutes. There were brave blocks from a visiting side, who were far more resolute after the break: one drive from Ruffels was flying into the top corner until a defender got in the way, and several crosses into the box were a yard too far from their intended target.

Never mind, it's not going to take anything at all away from a quite remarkable seven days for Oxford United. What a week. Shall we all have a rest then start again at Accrington?

See you there...

Att: 6,553
Away: 483

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

*unless you are going to question the dodgy mathematics in which case Martin Brodetsky wrote it.

 

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