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17 April 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Gillingham

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

16 April 2021

Oxford United welcome Gillingham to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm)

The U's look to build on 10 goals in their last two games with just one conceded as both clubs look to close the gap on the play-off places.

United are likely to be without Brandon Barker who felt his hamstring tighten up during Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Shrewsbury and was taken off as a precaution. The U's are waiting on the results of a scan but the on-loan Rangers man should feature again this season even if he is ruled out on Saturday.

Elliot Lee is set to play against brother Olly for the first time while defender Sam Long marked his 100th start for the U's with a goal on Tuesday.

Rob Hall and Alex Gorrin are back in training leaving only Marcus McGuane and John Mousinho unavailable.

See Karl, Elliot Lee and Matty Taylor previewing the game in iFollow now.

Gillingham are three points behind the U's and manager Steve Evans gave his squad, including former United men Alex MacDonald, Jordan Graham and Robbie Cundy, a little extra time off this week

“We made the decision many weeks ago for the boys to have a couple of days off, to freshen up, they have come back in remarkable shape" he said. "Training has been of a real high quality, there is a real freshness about the group, the skipper walked into training saying he feels so good. They are fresh, ready and eager to play.”

“Currently Oxford are fantastic,” he added. “Any team that goes to Crewe and scores six. It could have been more. I watched them score four against Shrewsbury and we couldn’t score against them.“They are an excellent squad and they have many many gifted individuals. We don’t hide from the fact that we will have to be at our best to compete with a really good Oxford side, especially one who are in the form they are now.

“We are very capable of going to Oxford and making it a contest but at the same time if we are not, we will get a Crewe or a Shrewsbury, because they are very gifted.”

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REPORT Oxford United 3 Gillingham 2

Long double pushes United in to the play-off places. Full time report.

17 April 2021

Oxford United kept their play-off hopes alive when they showed real character to come back from two goals down to beat Gillingham 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon. Trailing to goals from Vadaine Oliver and Oxford old-boy Robbie Cundy, United pulled themselves back into the game through a Sam Winnall goal before Sam Long powered home a late header and a back-post volley in injury time to win a game that moves United into the play-off places for the first time all season.

With Mark Sykes and Brandon Barker ruled out, Anthony Forde and Mide Shodipo came into the starting eleven, but United found themselves penned into their own half for much of the first hour as Gillingham harried and chased and denied them any space to work in.

The U’s created just a couple of half chances in the first half, Forde firing wide from distance, Henry drumming a shot into the fingers of keeper Bonham, but the biggest danger was obvious at the other end: right-back Ryan Jackson’s long throws. Ollie Lee headed one wide as a warning but on 39 it was a throw from the same player from the right-hand side of the pitch that gave the Gills the lead; a high hanging ball was headed into a sea of bodies and Oliver twisted to fire past Stevens from eight yards out for a scrappy opener.

Stevens kept his side in it with a brave save from Oliver soon after the break and clawed a cross off the head of his former United youth-team colleague Cundy from the resulting corner, Cundy one of three ex-U's in the Gillingham side, alongside Alex MacDonald and Jordan Graham.

Captain Elliott Moore forced a good save from Bonham with a back-post header but United, knowing that results earlier in the day had opened the door for a place in the play-off places, were glad that Tucker's luck was out when defender Jack saw a goalbound effort fly wide off Sam Long's heel, Stevens again needing to tip Lee's corner away as it dipped alarmingly under the bar.

Dan Agyei and Winnall were given half an hour to try and find a goal but it was Cundy who became the cenrtre of attention, almost beating his own keeper Bonham as he tried to steer a superb ball from Sam Long away from danger before he recovered his bearings to joyously thump home the second goal past Stevens from close range at the right end as United were put under yet more pressure.

United needed a quick response and pulled themselves back into the game almost immediately as Winnall showed again what a good finisher he is, firing the ball across the keeper and into the far corner to make it 1-2 and set up a grandstand finish which deserved a baying crowd to see it.

Agyei began to unsettle defenders, crosses started to fly into the box, and there was a shift in momentum as United refused to give up. Steve Evans' side were now the ones penned back around their penalty area and with six minutes left it was the homegrown full-back pairing that gave the U's parity, Ruffels swinging in a magnificent cross and Long getting above MacDonald to smash his header past Bonham.

A point as a reward for persistence? Nope. Not having it. With 90 minutes on the clock, another deep cross and it was Long, homing in at the back post to thump his volley past Bonham and win all three points for a United side who simply refuse to give up the chase. Imagine the scenes in living rooms across the county. Imagine the chaos if they could have enjoyed it in person.

Into the play-off places, four to go, you never know...

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

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