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26 December 2020 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

A full guide to Boxing Day at the Kassam Stadium

24 December 2020

Oxford United welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Kassam Stadium on Boxing Day (3pm)

TEAM NEWS
The U's welcome Cameron Brannagan and Sam Winnall back into the squad after both trained this week while a 12 day break since the win over Northampton has allowed one or two other knocks and bruises to heal, meaning that only Malachi Napa and John Mousinho miss out through injury.

Hear from Karl Robinson in iFollow where you can view the whole game live.

TIER 4
Oxfordshire will move in to Tier 4 at a minute past midnight on Boxing Day meaning that fans cannot now attend the game.

Those who had tickets will be able to exchange them for the first game where we can safely welcome supporters back.

With the game now behind closed doors we ask all fans to respect the rules and not to be at the match. Stay home and watch it on iFollow which is always available for all home games for season ticket holders.

You can stream the game HERE

THE OPPOSITION
Dons boss Glyn Hodges is hoping his side learn lessons after defeat against Crewe last weekend

“The players are giving us everything on the pitch, but they are making elementary mistakes that we’ve covered and covered” he said.

“It looks like we’ve got to cover them again. It’s disappointing that we can’t move on as we have to go through old ground as the mistakes keep reappearing. We have to be able to trust that they can do the job when they go out on the pitch. They can do it, but switching off is proving costly.”

That home defeat made it three defeats in four for the Dons at their new/old home in Plough Lane but a draw at Sunderland in their last away game and a win over Peterborough at the start of December serve as a warning that they are a very dangerous side.

MATCH SPONSORS
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COVERAGE
As well as live coverage on iFollow we have all the build up on twitter and on our official Insta page, complete with behind the scenes exclusive content, plus a full report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction from all the key men in iFollow.

And look out for some special guests on the official You Tube channel for 'Matchday Live', available to help you get in to matchday mood from 2.15pm.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 2 AFC Wimbledon 0

U's earn Boxing Day win. Full-time report

26 December 2020

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Two goals in the first 22 minutes saw Oxford United beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon. Strikes from Jordan Obita and Matty Taylor were enough to give the U's all three points, although they were thankful to keeper Jack Stevens for a number of excellent saves to earn them another clean sheet.

United looked rested after an enforced ten-day lay-off and were 2-0 up inside the first quarter of the 90 minutes.

The opener began with Alex Gorrin lifting his bandaged head (it is a law that one United player has to wear one in every game this season, and the Spaniard was wrapped up after a fifth-minute cut) and driving forward from midfield. His pass sent Josh Ruffels away and he rolled a neat pass into the feet of Obita, who turned and fired a low effort across the keeper for his first goal for the U’s.

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The Dons were then disrupted when captain Ben Heneghan limped off soon after, with centre-half Terrell Thomas also booked for scything down Marcus McGuane. More damaging was that in giving away that free kick he also paved the way for the second goal.

Liam Kelly is clever from set pieces and with the Dons half-expecting a shot, he instead lifted a cute pass into the box which Taylor took down expertly and smashed past Trueman for 2-0, his eighth goal of the season and third in two games.

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Wimbledon responded and James Henry had to clear a shot off the line on the half hour before Stevens once again underlined his potential with a magnificent double save, first blocking a Chislett effort with his chest then recovering to claw a follow up from Callum Reilly over the bar when he seemed beaten.Thomas nodded the corner wide when he should have done better, just to add insult to injury.

United should, however, have been out of sight at the break but the otherwise excellent McGuane blazed a chance over the bar when Obita and Taylor both turned down shooting chances to try and provide a wonder strike, and they went close to a third soon after the break with some desperate Dons defending just about nicking the ball away at two or three vital moments.

That missed chance before the break kept the game alive and United rode their luck at times as their young keeper came to the fore. It took a little bit of good fortune to maintain the two-goal gap when a Jack Rudoni shot hit the post, came back, hit the keeper and went wide just before the hour, but there was nothing lucky about another astonishing save from Stevens when he beat away a Ryan Longman effort on 73, or Henry being in the right place to clear off the line once again a minute later. Longman missed the best chance of them all, planting  the ball wide on 76 - ref Purkiss awarding a corner suggests another vital touch from Stevens that wasn't apparent from my angle but was the best save of them all if true.

The U's still looked like they had more goals in them. A Gorrin chip was floating in until Trueman tipped it over in the 61st minute and there were plenty of good balls across the face of goal without anyone to finish them off.

No matter. A win, a clean sheet and another decent performance. All that was missing was the crowd.

Merry Christmas. Miss you.

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

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Ticket News

Boxing Day Ticket Update

Latest news as the U's take on AFC Wimbledon

22 December 2020

After the news at the weekend regarding new Tiers in England we would like to remind fans affected by the changes that they can help other fans ahead of our Sky Bet League 1 game against AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.

All supporters whe were successful in the ballot will have received a digital ticket to the email address registered with the club.

Unfortunately due to technical difficulties we were unable to contact supporters who were unsuccessful, however if you are yet to receive your digital tickets at your registered email address then you can consider yourself unsuccessful on this occasion.

Sadly, fans who live in Tiers 3 and 4 cannot attend under current guidelines and we ask anyone affected by this news to let us know ASAP so we can reallocate those tickets to other fans and also place you top of the list for the first game when the tier system changes or you are able to attend a game.

Email ticketoffice@oufc.co.uk

Supporters can also cancel their tickets by phone before 14:00 today on 01865 337533

Thank you to all those supporters who have done this already.

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