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25 September 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

PREVIEW Oxford United v West Ham United

A full guide to tonight's big Carabao Cup game at the Kassam Stadium

25 September 2019

Oxford United welcome West Ham United tonight in the Carabao Cup.

Team News
United boss Karl Robinson told iFollow yesterday that there will be changes despite the 6-0 win at Lincoln on Saturday and that could open the door for the likes of Shandon Baptiste, George Thorne, Mark Sykes, Elliott Moore, Dan Agyei, Sam Long, Rob Hall and Matty Taylor who scored his first goal of the season after coming on as a sub at Sincil Bank

Malachi Napa, once a youngster at West Ham, is making good progress and is off his crutches now after breaking his leg a month ago while Jamie Hanson is also doing well after a hamstring tear.

See Karl previewing the game in iFollow right now. 

The Opposition
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in seven games and a win against Manchester United at the weekend made it an excellent start to the season for the Hammers. The Hammers are also likely to make changes with goalkeeper Roberto set to replace Lukasz Fabianski and the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Balbuena, Robert Snodgrass and Jack Wilshere all in contention for a start.

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 night; our ticket staff are available to talk you through the best seats available on 01865 337533.

Tickets are available until 1pm on the day to those on the OUFC database before August 13th. No tickets will be sold after 1pm
 
Please note that this season you can download your ticket to your mobile for use on the day - no need to even print it. 

The turnstiles will open at 6.30pm

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 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
 
GETTING TO THE GAME

With such a big crowd expected Park and Ride buses are available for the game.

The shuttle buses will run from Unipart on Garsington Road. The first bus departs at 5.45pm and then every 12 minutes until 7.33pm.

Return tickets are only £2 (£1 for Under 16s) but must be booked in advance from the ticket office or online CLICK HERE

These are now available to print at home, or you can download them to your phone to use on the night, but please note that the last time they will be available is 7.15pm.

Public transport
We strongly recommend that supporters use public transport wherever possible

There are a number of bus routes that drop off in close proximity to the stadium.

Oxford Bus Company

Service 3A and 5

Stagecoach

1, 3, 3A, 12, 16 and 16A

The 1 and 5 routes operate every four minutes from the rail station and city centre to Spindlebury Close and Knights Road, which is just a five minute walk away.

The OX3 Football Special from Caterton, Brize Norton, Winey and Eynsham will operate as normal as will the OX7 from Kidlington, Summertown, Marston and Headington.

The new OX2 is however not licensed for evening games and will NOT operate.

Parking
While there are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium, these will undoubtedly be full before kick-off and will take time to clear at the end of the game so we are advising supporters to make alternative arrangements and plan your journey wherever possible

We have been advised that parking enforcement officers will be working in the areas around the stadium – if driving please park legally to avoid getting a parking ticket and fine.

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.

Bear in mind football fans will add additional vehicles onto busy roads during the normal evening rush hour around the ring road.

There will be no movement in Car Park A, in front of the South Stand, from the 85th minute for 15 minutes after the game

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) will  be 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.
 
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)
 
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 West Ham 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.

The game would go straight to penalties in the event of the scores being level after 90 minutes.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 4 West Ham United 0

Oxford United beat West Ham to reach last 16. Full time report

25 September 2019

Oxford United marched in to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup with a magnificent performance tonight against West Ham United. Goals from Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste gave Karl Robinson's side a superb 4-0 win at the Kassam Stadium which rolled back the years for the 1986 Milk Cup winners.

As you might expect it took some stout defending to keep the team that beat Manchester United at the weekend out at first, Rob Dickie making an early block and the Hammers seeing more of the ball in the opening moments, with United working hard to close their Premier League visitors down, but after the first five minutes United gave as good as they got and gradually took over.

Boss Karl Robinson was true to his word and made changes, despite winning the previous game 6-0; Sam Long and Moore came into the back line and did well, while George Thorne, playing at the base of a midfield trio with the hugely impressive Shandon Baptiste and the excellent Cameron Brannagan, is a fine passer of the ball who started a 13th-minute move which Brannagan should really have finished but he scuffed his free shot wide instead. Anthony Forde ran clear a minute later but again fired wide after a clever pass from Baptiste.

United then had missed the target with two presentable chances before the terrible luck that seems to follow George Thorne struck again. A block tackle, with both players going for the ball, saw the midfielder come off worse against Carlos Sanchez. No replays but to the naked eye it looked unfortunate rather than malicious, but it meant that Thorne left the field with his left arm in a sling and what looked like a dislocated shoulder and his full debut had lasted just 22 minutes.

Mark Sykes came on, Brannagan dropping deeper, and United then went desperately close to an opener when Rob Hall curled a splendid effort over the wall in the 25th minute but was denied a goal against his former club when the ball flew over the fence via the top of the crossbar.

The best chance of an even first half, although the Hammers forced a save out of Eastwood on 26 when the eye-catching Nathan Holland, on his first start, forced him into a sharp save to his left and Jack Wilshere sent a swerving effort into the keeper’s grateful gloves on 32, so there had been chances at both ends in a very open, very enjoyable first 45 minutes.

The second half was one-way traffic.

What we needed was a goal to lift a good game into becoming a great one. Nine minutes into the second half and the Moore the merrier for the U’s. It looked as though the Hammers backline had done enough to deny Moore and then Sykes a sight at goal, but Sykes persevered and slipped the ball across the six-yard box for Moore who touched it to his right then swivelled and drove the ball low and true beyond keeper Roberto for a priceless 1-0 lead.

It should have been more. Mackie, the talisman and leader, forced Roberto into a good save, Hall dragged a presentable chance wide and West Ham were being outrun and outplayed - one Sykes burst in particular fooling two defenders and ending with a cross hacked clear by the despairing visiting defence.

It may be a third of a century ago and it may be a different ground, but great nights like this in the League Cup were the trademark of the Yellows in their Golden Era, culminating in their 1986 Wembley win. There were some talented local lads in those days too: Brock, Jones, Thomas, and on 71 minutes it was another one of their own who made United's progress secure. 

Again it was Sykes who provided it, this time with a deadly accurate cross from the right which picked out Taylor right in front of goal. His first touch of the ball was enough to send the ball beyond the helpless Roberto and suddenly the U's were en route for yet another upset and a place in the last 16.

With seven minutes left Fosu sparked wild scenes with a superb third goal. Receiving the ball inside his own half, Fosu ran at Arthur Masuaku, who slipped at the vital moment to leave Saturday's hat-trick hero with half the pitch to run into. He did so with the confidence of a man who knew exactly what was about to happen. Roberto approached hesitantly, Fosu danced round him and when the ball rolled into the vacant net the U's were through.

There was still time for Eastwood to join the party with a stunning save and then a fully deserved fourth goal when Man of the Match Baptiste ran through a non-existent defence that stood and watched as he weaved his way right the way through then passed it into the bottom-right corner to burst any remaining bubble. Magnificent.

Sometimes these upsets come through aggression, bad pitches, flukes or a million other reasons. This one was achieved through good football and a fierce belief in each other. West Ham threw on their big guns but in vain. The game was gone and United were cup heroes once more.

Now, if you enjoyed that then be part of it again on Saturday. See you against Gillingham. Enjoy the celebrations...

Att:10,450
Away:1,513

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels and Tom Melvin, stats by OPTA

 

 

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Ticket News

West Ham Park And Ride: Print at home now available

Travel advice ahead of Wednesday's big Carabao Cup game

23 September 2019

Tickets continue to sell well for our Carabao Cup tie at home to West Ham on Wednesday with space in some areas of the ground now starting to sell out.

With such a big crowd expected Park and Ride buses are available for the game.

The shuttle buses will run from Unipart on Garsington Road. The first bus departs at 5.45pm and then every 12 minutes until 7.33pm.

Return tickets are only £2 (£1 for Under 16s) but must be booked in advance from the ticket office or online. CLICK HERE

These are now available to print at home, or you can download them to your phone to use on the night, but please note that the last time they will be available is 7.15pm on Wednesday.

Public transport

We strongly recommend that supporters use public transport wherever possible

There are a number of bus routes that drop off in close proximity to the stadium.

Oxford Bus Company

Service 3A and 5

Stagecoach

1, 3, 3A, 12, 16 and 16A

The 1 and 5 routes operate every four minutes from the rail station and city centre to Spindlebury Close and Knights Road, which is just a five minute walk away.

The OX3 Football Special from Caterton, Brize Norton, Winey and Eynsham will operate as normal as will the OX7 from Kidlington, Summertown, Marston and Headington.

The new OX2 is however not licensed for evening games and will NOT operate.

Car Parking

While there are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium, these will undoubtedly be full before kick-off and will take time to clear at the end of the game so we are advising supporters to make alternative arrangements and plan your journey wherever possible.

The game would go straight to penalties in the event of the scores being level after 90 minutes.

We have been advised that parking enforcement officers will be working in the areas around the stadium – if driving please park legally to avoid getting a parking ticket and fine.

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.

Bear in mind football fans will add additional vehicles onto busy roads during the normal evening rush hour around the ring road.

The turnstiles will open at 6.30pm

Information

We are working closely with our friends at BBC Oxford who will be providing up-to-date traffic news throughout the evening up to kick-off and we will also have traffic and parking updates on the official Twitter feed: @OUFCOfficial

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