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PREVIEW Oxford United v Tranmere Rovers

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Kassam Stadium

13 September 2019

Oxford United welcome Tranmere Rovers to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Team News
Striker Matty Taylor returns to the squad as the U's look to bounce back after defeat at Fleetwood last weekend. A week with no midweek fixture has given Taylor a chance to get close to match fitness and Karl Robinson must decide whether to risk including him or saving him for the trips to Bolton and Lincoln this week.

Jamie Hanson will be out for three months with a hamstring injury but Ben Woodburn and Mark Sykes return from international duty.

See Karl, Josh Ruffels and Alex Gorrin previewing the game in iFollow right now. 

The Opposition
Rovers are unbeaten in their last two outings and Manager Micky Mellon believes his players are adapting to their new division.

“The tempo that we are asking them to play at, the aggression that we are asking them to play and it has been coming for a while because we know that they all can play but we need to be able to hit League One levels and intensity for longer" he told the official Tranmere website.

“You see the levels of performance have grown but now it is about consistency and hitting those levels of intensity all the time, that you show that responsibility to the team and you get the job done pretty much since the start of the season. I think the players are getting used to working at those levels for longer in the games, but it has to be consistent and they have to be prepared from the first whistle to go and perform like that. It is about working hard and leaving no stone unturned and we want to set out to be a competitive 46-game stable League One team.

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
As usual there will be Supporter Liaison Officers and Stewards all around the ground to help you with any questions.

The Family Room is open for this game and offers activities, games and visits from the players pre-match. Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. 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
 
Getting to the Game

The new OX2 football service runs from Didcot to the Kassam Stadium via Great Western Park, Steventon and Abingdon and returns after the match. The OX2 will run for all weekend and bank holiday league matchdays this season and the new route strengthens Thames Travel’s Football Specials service with the OX3 and OX7 continuing this season.

The OX3 and OX7 services bring fans to and from United home games from Carterton, Brize Norton, Witney, Eynsham, Botley, Kidlington, the Banbury Road, Summertown, Marston and Headington. 

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS ON BUSES TO MATCHES

We are still looking for volunteers to help on the OX2 buses on a matchday. If you are interested contact club secretary Mick Brown on mbrown@oufc.co.uk

Parking
The car parks at the ground will be open as usual and we will tweet (@OUFCOfficial) with traffic and parking updates.

There will be no vehicle movement in the south car parks (VIP and A) from the 90th minute for 15 minutes.
 
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.
 
North Stand Movement
The Rapid Expansion System (RES Gate) willbe in operation behind the North Stand AFTER the game which means fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand, but will be open before the match.
 
Any supporter with mobility impairment who requires assistance during the fixture is advised to locate an OUFC Supervisor (indicated by either a yellow / orange or orange coat)
 
Cars in Car Park A will be unable to move for 15 minutes after the 90th minute of the match.
 
Away Guide
If you are a Tranmere fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
 
Look out for a special match programme that we produce just for away fans featuring a full guide to the ground and exclusive notes from Manager Micky Mellon.
 
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 Tranmere Rovers 0

Henry on the spot as U's get back to winning ways against Tranmere. Full-time report.

14 September 2019

Two James Henry penalties and a well-taken effort from Cameron Brannagan gave Oxford United a  relatively comfortable 3-0 win at home to Tranmere Rovers this afternoon.

United were full value for the three points after dominating much of the 90 minutes, with Henry's double the highlight of an excellent team performance.

They were perhaps grateful to Alex Gorrin for a brave early block in just the second minute as he closed down his man on the edge of the box, but after that were rarely troubled defensively despite an enforced change before the warm-up when Elliott Moore was ruled out after a back spasm and John Mousinho stepped up from sub to starter (and captain). Full credit to Mousinho's professionalism to step in like that and play a part in a clean sheet.

Perhaps the change did affect the early rhythm, with Jamie Mackie’s uneven battle with man-mountain Manny Monthe the highlight of the first few minutes until Tariqe Fosu cut inside and dragged a 15th-minute effort just wide as United started to get the ball down and play.

Fosu was then the key man as they took the lead midway through the half. Ben Woodburn, back in the side after an international break with Wales, closed down a defender on half way and blocked the ball through for Fosu, who sprinted away down the right with David Perkins in hot pursuit. Once inside the penalty area, Perkins closed his man down but did so a little clumsily and ref Rob Lewis took assistant Bhupinder Gill’s lead and pointed to the spot. Up popped Henry, Mr Reliable, and United were a goal ahead.

The goal lifted the U’s, who dominated the rest of the half. Henry whipped an effort just wide, Cadden ran riot down the right flank and Tranmere were pressed back for the second quarter of the game without the U's truly looking like extending their lead.

It was much the same in the second period, with Mackie taking a break from winding up his marker to prod a couple of chances wide of the mark, with United's only perilous moment coming when Rushian Hepburn-Murphy sprang clear but handled as he tried to round the onrushing Eastwood on the edge of the box.

With Woodburn showing some tantalising skills - one reverse pass for Fosu on 64 minutes was way above League 1 level - United were full value for their lead and the dangerous Fosu/Woodburn combination almost conjured up a second goal after 57 minutes, with Fosu's excellent cross just too strong for Woodburn to reach the the back post.

If you want to see what this United side are all about then watch the second goal back. Seventy minutes into the game and Brannagan started the ball rolling by tricking his way through two weak challenges and reversing a pass for Fosu. He and Woodburn exchanged passes, the ball was worked back and Brannagan drove it past the helpless Scott Davies to make it 2-0 and five goals from a highly impressive nine games so far for the influential midfielder, putting him well clear of Fankaty Dabo in the race to be top scorer.

Tranmere's number 9 Paul Mullin tamely headed their best chance of the afternoon into the gloves of the relaxed Eastwood, but defensively the U's were value for their clean sheet, while the industry and artistry of those further forward will win them plenty more games this season.

The icing on the cake came in the last minute when sub Shandon Baptiste tricked his way past Darren Potter who tripped him and gave Henry another chance from the spot. Did we mention he is pretty reliable? 3-0 and game over.

It may not feel like it so early in the campaign, but this was an important win after recent results and United had stood up well to the first little bit of pressure this season. Good signs and one big step forward.

On we go to Bolton on Tuesday...

See you there.

Att: 6,294
Away: 639

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

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