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08 December 2020 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Forest Green Rovers

A full guide to tonight's Papa John's Trophy game

8 December 2020

Oxford United welcome Forest Green Rovers to the Kassam Stadium tonight (7.45pm)

TEAM NEWS
The U's have under 16 striker Gatlin O'Donkor in the squad for the first time. The young forward from Reading was spotted at just 14 and has been with the Academy since then, stepping up to play for the under 18s this year.

Nico Jones and Leon Chambers-Parillon, who both played in the last round at Walsall are in the squad but Michael Elechi, who also played in that game, is unavailable through injury.

John Mousinho and Simon Eastwood are likely to add experience while Rob Hall could start against the side he was on loan at last season.

Hear from Jamie Hanson, Sean Clare and Craig Short in iFollow where you can view the whole game live.

THE OPPOSITION
There's a familiar face in the Forest Green Rovers squad: winger Nicky Cadden is the twin brother of Chris who spent the first half of last season on loan with the U's before joining Columbus Crew.

Cadden drew praise from boss Mark Cooper for his role in their 1-0 win over Harrogate at the weekend which moved them up to third in league 2.

TICKETS

2,000 tickets have been made available on GENERAL SALE for this game and are available by Phone (01865 337533)  and in person from the Ticket Office from 10am-5pm today or online at OUFCTickets.co.uk 

Please note that no tickets will be available at the stadium after 5pm but digital tickets are available all day, right the way up to kick off.

If you are attending then please read the fan information above.

Ticket prices are:

Adults - £10
Concessions - £5
Under 7s - £1

All tickets provided to supporters will be digital and can either be printed at home or stored on a mobile smart phone.

To assist with your purchasing process we have released a troubleshooting guide - please click here for details

If you can’t make the match in person, you will be able to catch every kick of the action by purchasing an iFollow Match Pass for £10.

You can stream the game HERE

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.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United Go Through On Penalties

U's beat Forest Green Rovers in the Papa John's Trophy. Full time report

8 December 2020

Oxford United went through in the Papa John's Trophy tonight after a penalty shoot out win against Forest Green Rovers. Trailing to an Odin Bailey goal at half time United levelled through Olamide Shodipo before the game went into a penalty shoot out in which John Mousinho's final kick sent the U's through to Round Three.

United saw plenty of the ball in the first half and almost got off to the perfect start when Rob Hall, a loanee at Rovers last season, curled a free kick against the post in the first minute. Mide Shodipo then fired a well-struck effort just over the bar after eight minutes as the front line of Hall, Shodipo and Dan Agyei caused early problems with their clever movement.

They were joined by the ever-willing Sean Clare from right back and Jordan Obita from the left, plus for one fleeting moment in the 16th minute the returning Jamie Hanson, who danced past two men but thumped his volley into the body of a defender when a shooting chance emerged.

However, the early energy dipped and the visitors saw a powerful header from Jamille Matt flash wide of Simon Eastwood’s goal after 22 minutes. They then took the lead with their only effort on target in the first half; having conceded to an Aasgard at Wigan this time it was Odin who did the damage.

A good tackle from Jones unluckily went to the visitors and a cross into the box from Matt Stevens allowed Bailey a simple free header past the stranded Eastwood to make it 1-0 at the break.

The crew of a Netflix production team camped in the car park behind the fence at the west end of the ground were more disturbed than Eastwood by an early Stevens effort in the second half, but the visitors were seeing much more of the ball by that stage and United needed a lift.

The youthful Leon Chambers-Parillon was given a home debut for the final half hour, signalling a change to wing backs (Forde and Clare) to try and stretch the game and find a way back into the tie from out wide. The effect was immediate and within a minue United were on level terms.

Shodipo, wide on the left, has pace and tricks and on 64 minutes powered through a wilting Forest Green defence and levelled the scores with an angled shot across the keeper for 1-1.

Agyei saw one chance deflected wide for a corner soon after and another flash across the face of goal as the U's pressed. Shodipo was off target, and there was a moment of history when striker Gatlin O'Donkor, 16 years and 55 days old, became United's youngest-ever player. A great moment for the youngster from Reading and the spine of the side now formed in the Academy: Jones, Chambers-Parillon, O'Donkor.

That chance to give youngsters a chance is a big part of the competition, and Chambers-Parillon almost stole the show when he drove forward and powered a shot at goal that struck the bar and meant penalties (confirmed when Bailey sliced one last chance wide at the other end in injury time).

Taken, for reasons unknown, at the fence end rather than in front of the 1,000 fans, O'Donkor put the first away with amazing confidence, Eastwood saved the next. Clare made it 2-0, Bailey made it 2-1. Shodipo chipped home a cheeky effort fo 3-1 and to a chorus of rattling chairs Godwin-Malife could only hit the bar. Mousinho, of course, thumped home for 4-1 and that was it.

United go through, youth and experience had their day and an extra slice of Papa John's Trophy awaits.

Top that.

Att: 1.036

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

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Ticket News

Extra 1,000 Tickets Added For Tuesday

Your chance to see Oxford United in action on Tuesday night

7 December 2020

Following the success of the pilot game against Hull City on Saturday Oxford United are delighted to announce that 1,000 EXTRA TICKETS are now on GENERAL SALE for Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy second round tie against Forest Green Rovers (7.45pm)

1,000 tickets were initially available only to Season Ticket Holders and following the success of Saturday's game against Hull City the number has been doubled for Tuesday evening.

Tickets can only be bought online at OUFCTickets.co.uk.

Ticket prices are:

Adults - £10
Concessions - £5
Under 7s - £1

All tickets provided to supporters will be digital and can either be printed at home or stored on a mobile smart phone.

To assist with your purchasing process we have released a troubleshooting guide - please click here for details

If you can’t make the match in person, you will be able to catch every kick of the action by purchasing an iFollow Match Pass for £10.

 

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