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06 March 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Charlton Athletic

A full guide to Saturday's game at the Kassam Stadium

5 March 2021

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Oxford United welcome Charlton Athletic to the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday (3pm)

TEAM NEWS
The U's will be without Sam Winnall, Sam Long, James Henry, Marcus McGuane,Elliot  Lee and John Mousinho through injury although Boss Karl Robinson is refusing to allow the lengthy injury list to affect his mood.

"It's not ideal but we always knew what might happen" he told iFollow. "We have had a long, hard season and injuries are part and parcel of it. Lots of clubs will be the same so we just roll our sleeves up and get on with things. We have good players to come in and they are going to play a big part now because there are some massive games coming up."

See Karl and John Mousinho previewing the game in iFollow now.

THE OPPOSITION
The Addicks are a strong side away from home with four wins and just one defeat from their last six games on the road, leaving them ninth in the table.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer knows what to expect against the U's though.

"Since Karl left here, he’s built a good squad. It takes time to build a side and he’s put a good side together. They have players that move the ball well and that can hurt you.

"But if we do the basics right, we are a good side. We showed that on Tuesday and on a lot of occasions this season. I’m expecting a good game, it will be a good match. I don’t think there will be much in it.”

MATCH SPONSORS
Our thanks to MKM who are sponsoring the matchFind out all about them HERE including news of their new branch in Wallingford

MIND
Oxford United are very proud to be working with Mind at tomorrow's game, raising awareness of the importance of looking after everyone's mental health. Here's John Mousinho on the amazing work that Mind do:

See the full interview in iFollow and log on to Oxford United Official on YouTube for an astonishingly open interview with Karl on the importance of all aspects of mental health

COVERAGE
The game is live in iFollow as usual and Match Passes are available HERE

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 0 Charlton Athletic 0

U's and Charlton draw a blank. Full tim

6 March 2021

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Oxford United and Charlton Athletic were left with a point each at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon as they ground out a 0-0 draw that keeps both teams on the edge of the play-off chase without really helping either close the gap to the clubs above.

United edged the chances over a tough 90 minutes but were grateful to keeper Jack Stevens, whose last-minute penalty save ensured they took something away from a tough game.

United certainly started on the front foot, with the new-look right flank of Jamie Hanson and Anthony Forde seeing plenty of the ball and Dan Agyei putting himself about up front, although knocks to Josh Ruffels and Adam Matthews took the tempo out of the game early on and led to a disjointed first half hour.

United created chances even so; Agyei sliced the first half chance into the car park and Mide Shodipo smashed an effort against a defender’s ankles to send an otherwise goalbound effort wide of the mark, while former U’s midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey headed a Chris Gunter cross over the top with the visitors’ only real chance of the first half.

That was down to a solid looking United defence, but other than a Brannagan drive on 40 minutes, visiting keeper Ben Amos hadn’t truly had too much work to do at the other end.

Ruffels flashed a spectacular effort wide of the mark on 42 which would have won Goal of the Season if it had been three feet to the right, Liam Kelly drove another shot wide, but otherwise the two sides had largely cancelled each other out in the opening 45 minutes.

The introduction of Jayden Stockley at the break gave Charlton a new threat and the striker did nod a cross wide soon after his arrival, but it was Man of the Match Forde, at the heart of almost everything United created in attack, who came closest to breaking the stalemate with a fine effort on the hour which crashed back off the bar with Amos beaten.

A left-footed effort from the same player drew another save from Amos and the introduction of the attack-minded Brandon Barker, Mark Sykes and Matty Taylor signalled United's intent.

But see previous match reports: a good even contest between two evenly matched and very well-organised sides. United never looked like losing but four draws in five games is there for you 'glass half empty' people, or two defeats in 18 is there for the half fullers.

Me? It has been a tough day for the whole football club. A gritty battle, some tough challenges and no quarter asked or given. A league debut for a youth-team product - Leon Chambers-Parillon - and a penalty save from another when Jack Stevens kept the clean sheet intact with the last touch of the game by pushing a Ronnie Schwartz penalty, harshly given, over the bar. 

I know someone who would have approved of all those things and I'm just sorry we couldn't get the win for him.

Maybe Tuesday...

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

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