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02 March 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Peterborough United

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

2 March 2021

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Oxford United welcome league leaders Peterborough United to the Kassam Stadium this evening (7pm)

TEAM NEWS
The U's will be without Sam Winnall who rolled his ankle shortly after coming on as a sub at MK Dons on Saturday. That will open the door for either Rob Hall or Jamie Hanson to return to the matchday squad, although both may be involved if one or two other knocks fail to heal after Saturday.

Marcus McGuane's season is over and John Mousinho is still ruled out but young defender Luke McNally is making good progress as he regains full fitness.

Boss Karl Robinson's biggest decision may be whether to play both Brandon Barker and Mide Shodipo on the flanks

"We thought it was the right thing to do on Saturday" he told iFollow. "It caught MK by surprise that we had four up top and it made for an open game. We won't do it every game but they both have that pace and it's certainly exciting to watch."

See Karl and Mide previewing the game in iFollow now.

THE OPPOSITION
Six straight wins have left Darren Ferguson’s side four points clear of Lincoln at the top of the table but they won’t be taking anything for granted tonight:

“I told the players this morning that this is not to time to let up" he said. "I challenged them to keep improving and to put their foot down again. The players have been great in difficult circumstances and my staff have been outstanding, but we have achieved nothing as yet. I hope we will achieve our aim of promotion, but there is such a long way to go and some very tough matches ahead starting at Oxford.

“Oxford are a a very good side though, They have been on an incredible run and they’ve got themselves right into contention which I expected. They are a handful up front, especially out wide where they have plenty of pace and skill. It’s a tough test for us, but we are looking forward to games at the moment.”

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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 Peterborough United 0

U's pick up a point against the leaders. Full time report

2 March 2021

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Oxford United picked up a point against league leaders Peterborough United as they ended the Posh's six game winning streak with a 0-0 draw at the Kassam Stadium this evening.

The U's drew for the third time in four games with a solid performance in a game that was high on quality but dominated by two excellent defences.

Confidence was evident from the league leaders right from the start of a breathless first half. Sammy Szmodics and Siriki Dembele both had shots saved and Joe Ward forced Jack Stevens into a really good save inside the first five minutes as they pressed United back.

The U’s weathered that spell and then started to create their own chances. Mark Sykes, the one change to the side in place of Mide Shodipo, almost set up Matty Taylor for the opening goal after 12 minutes with a low cross that Nathan Thompson did exceptionally well to keep away from the waiting striker a yard from goal. The sides traded attack for attack with the game very easy on the eye.

Stevens saved an overhead kick when Jonson Clarke-Harris sought his seventh goal in seven games in acrobatic style, but United had attacking intentions of their own and Brandon Barker’s pace and hard running was causing the Posh defence plenty of problems.

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There was no way the early frenetic tempo could be maintained as the two sides pressed each other all over the pitch, and the last 15 minutes of the first half were slightly calmer, although an injury to Elliot Lee also meant a change of shape for the U’s, with the very influential Cameron Brannagan pushing further forward.

A respect borne from three or four seasons of close encounters, two shrewd managers who made ajustments at the break and two highly efficient back fours meant that the second half tightened up.

Sam Long limping off led to the introduction of Jamie Hanson who was shoved, undetected, before he could head home an Anthony Forde corner, but there was also a let off at the other end when Dembele rounded the stranded Stevens but fired into the side netting from an acute angle rather than into the empty net.

Taylor was on target but denied by Christy Pym at his near post after 64 minutes, Ruffels fired wide of that same post five minutes later, Barker broke clear but took the wrong option a minute later. But Peterborough are a formidable outfit this season and had fought hard for their clean sheet. As had the U's.

Man of the Match Stevens ensured that happened with a magnificent save in inury time to stop a Clarke-Harris header from six yards but that would have been harsh on the U's.

A good honest game between two decent teams. Fair result too.

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

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