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15 December 2020 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Northampton Town

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

15 December 2020

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Oxford United welcome 2,000 fans back to the Kassam Stadium tonight when they take on Northampton Town (7.45pm)

TEAM NEWS
Defender Rob Atkinson will have a late fitness test after picking up a hip injury when landing awkwardly during the draw at Blackpool on Saturday. The former Eastleigh centre half is rated 50/50 and John Mousinho stands by to continue alongside captain Elliott Moore if required.

Striker Sam Winnall is back in full training and may make the bench although he is more likely to be part of the squad at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Malachi Napa took an important step yesterday when he reurned to the training pitches while Cameron Brannagan gets closer to a return and looks stronger with each session.

Hear from Karl Robinson, Jordan Obita and John Mousinho in iFollow where you can view the whole game live.

THE OPPOSITION

Northampton have Cian Bolger, Joe Martin and Shaun McWilliams suspended and Alan Sheehan a doubt.

“We’ve got a lot of players unavailable but whatever team we put out we will be competitive,” Manager Keith Curle said.

17-year old Max Dyche - son of Burnley boss Sean - made his debut on Saturday and is included in the squad again tonight.

TICKETS
2,000 tickets were made available and snapped up by season ticket holders in the ballot

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

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

If you missed out you will still be able to catch every kick of the action in iFollow

You can stream the game HERE

MATCH SPONSORS
Our thanks to Grundon Recycling for sponsoring tonight's match. Grundon are long time supporters of the club and offer easy to use and cost effective solutions to all your recycling needs. Find out all about them HERE

GREEN RIBBONS
Both teams will be wearing green ribbons tonight as a mark of respect for Harry Dunn. Harry lived half way between the two clubs and was known to OUFC staff while father Tim is a Northampton Town season ticket holder.

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 we are trialling a new idea tonight. Keep an eye on the official You Tube channel for 'Matchday Live'...

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 4 Northampton Town 0

Oxford rogues put the boot into the Cobblers

15 December 2020

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Oxford United continued their revival as two goals from top scorer Matty Taylor and fine strikes  from Mide Shodipo and Dan Agyei earned them a 4-0 win over Northampton Town at the Kassam Stadium this evening, their best win of the season.

The U's were full value for their win in front of 2,000 season ticket holders who made a massive difference, cheering their team on and thoroughly enjoying their return to the Kassam Stadium.

With Rob Atkinson failing a late fitness test, John Mousinho continued in defence while Shodipo came in for Jordan Obita on the left wing and was massively influential.  Elliott Moore’s ability to hit diagonals to the left flank for Shodipo gave them a useful outlet; there used to be another Elliott who did that for the U’s from that position and he did OK.

The centre-half’s height was key in defence too, where the giant Harry Smith was the focal point of much of the Cobblers’ approach play and set pieces a key part of their armoury in a scrappy first half - still the best half most of the 2,000 fans had seen all season!

It took 23 minutes for the returning fans to give the visiting side the slow handclap as they tried to take time out of the game, but the longest delay and biggest concern came after half an hour, when Mousinho twisted to send a routine ball out to the left wing and crumpled in a heap as his knee buckled under him. He soldiered on until half time but replacement Sean Clare was to have an immediate effect.

The best chance of the first half came for Josh Ruffels on 35 when he bent a right-footed effort against the post from 20 yards out, but neither goalkeeper had been tested before the break and what we needed was an early goal to open the game up.

Four minutes after the restart it was Clare who paved the way, driving at the retreating Cobblers defence and clipping the ball over keeper Steve Arnold. Taylor, poaching as ever, was a yard out when he touched the ball home to give the fans exactly what they wanted: a goal in front of the East Stand to mark their return.

Northampton offered a hopeful Caleb Chukwuemeka effort which flew high over the fence but otherwise did little to suggest they could stop the U's claiming their third clean sheet in four games. Do that and you are half way there and soon after that opportunity it was game over as Shodipo ended the competition with an excellent second goal.

Started by a driving run from the excellent Marcus McGuane and carried on by the non-stop running of Alex Gorrin, Shodipo still had plenty to do when he got the ball on the edge of the box, but there is a certain spot just in front of  the 18-yard line which he seems to love at the Kassam Stadium. A look up and a curling effort was past Arnold for the QPR winger's fourth goal for the U's.

Northampton had a couple of half chances but Jack Stevens remained largely untroubled as United made it one defeat in seven, climbing above the visitors and continuing their  climb up the table. There might have been a third when the bandaged head of Long nodded a Henry free kick over but no matter: on 88 minutes sub Agyei ran at the defence once again, clipped a superb ball across and Taylor did the rest with a flying header for his second of the night.

The best of the goals was still to come. Last minute and Agyei again advanced towards a tired looking away defence. They backed off towards the Oxon/Northants border and Agyei accepted the invite by firing a magnicient effort into the top left corner for a peach of a goal.

4-0, a clean sheet and huge smiles behind the masks.

Whisper it, but United are undefeated so far since fans were able to join them.

Reunited indeed.

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

Att: 2,000

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Ticket News

Fans Return Against Northampton

Full details on ticket allocation for Tuesday

14 December 2020

Tuesday evening will see the return of 2,000 fans to the Kassam Stadium after the successful trial game against Hull City and the Papa John’s Trophy win over Forest Green Rovers.

Both of those matches saw around 1,000 fans safely watch the game under current covid guidelines and we thank those supporters for abiding by the new rules, which in turn means we can have twice as many people with us on Tuesday.

Those 2,000 are season ticket holders and those fans have been emailed their tickets which need to be printed out at home or stored on your mobile to be shown on entry to the ground.

Tickets are not transferable: spot checks will be in place to make sure that the named person is sitting in the right place and all fans MUST read the regulations which were emailed to them as a condition of them attending the game. They can be found HERE.

Many fans have been discussing the allocation of tickets, in particular for the hospitality areas at the ground. For clarity, members of the 1893 Lounge (formerly, in the main, the Manor and Maurice Evans Lounges) were given the option of taking up their places and 146 have done so.

Executive Box holders can currently only bring up to 50% of their guests provided those guests are within their household or support bubble.

The Boardroom is limited to just 20, roughly 50% of the usual places. Away fans are not allowed to attend.

The full breakdown of places for Tuesday is

East Stand 700
North Stand 500
South Stand Lower 250
South Stand Upper 430 (including up to 150 1893 Club members)
Boardroom 20
Executive Boxes- 100

In addition up to 30 press and scouts will be in attendance plus club staff and players in the Red Zone around the tunnel area.

When the Ticket Office opened this morning 53 fans had contacted the club to say that they could not attend on Tuesday. Those tickets will be reallocated today: if you cannot attend then please email ticketoffice@oufc.co.uk or call 01865 337533 as soon as possible so we can give your ticket to another fan.

The ballot for tickets for Boxing Day against AFC Wimbledon will be held on Wednesday and weighted in favour of fans who missed out tomorrow night.

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