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PREVIEW Oxford United v Crewe Alexandra

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

17 November 2020

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Oxford United welcome Crewe Alexandra to the Kassam Stadium tonight in Sky Bet League 1

TEAM NEWS

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Sam Long stands by to make his 100th appearance for the U's tonight. The Bicester based youngster, United's longest serving player, has played in every game the U's have had this season and looks set to continue as the U's take on the Railwaymen at the third attempt after two previous games were postponded amid covid concerns.

Boss Karl Robinson made changes in both the FA Cup and Papa John's Trophy but will be looking for his side to win back to back league games for the first time this season after a victory over Rochdale two weeks ago.

Sam Winnall and John Mousinho both started at Walsall in the Trophy last week and will hope to be in the starting XI tonight while Rob Atkinson and Jamie Hanson are both close to a return now and there was the very welcome sight of Cameron Brannagan back on the training pitches yesterday after an eye problem.

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You can hear from James Henry and Karl Robinson ahead of the game in iFollow where you can see the whole game live..

FOLLOW IT LIVE
The game is available for just £10 to view on iFollow and free to Season Ticket Holders but two postponements may have led to some confusion, especially since the process for watching on iFollow for Season Ticket holders has changed since the first game.

Just click on the iFollow story below for full details

THE OPPOSITION
Crewe boss David Artell, once a transfer target for the U's as a player, believe the U's are in a false position in the table:

“Oxford are a very good side and Karl is a very good manager. They are in a false position for me. 100%. They were in the play-off final only a few months ago, so they don’t become a bad side overnight. If you look at the pattern of their results last season they didn't make a good start but then couldn't stop winning.

“We are not fooled by their league position. We have watched them and had them watched and they, like us, should have more points than they have.

“There would have been people thinking Peterborough would beat Crewe on Saturday because they just look at the table and think top of the league should be beating Crewe who are in mid-table. It doesn’t work like that.

“Oxford are a right good team and we will have to play well to get a result there.”

TICKETS
A reminder, if needed, that the game is behind closed doors and we once again ask all fans to respect the current situation and stay away from the stadium. Stay home and watch it on iFollow.

MATCH SPONSORS
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They are a highly experienced building company specialising in extensions and new builds. For a free quote contact them on 07986 553785 or by email: gino.placentino@sky.com

If you would like to get involved with the U’s and see how we can help your business then contact our commercial team via email: commercial@oufc.co.uk or call 01865 337503/513

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REPORT Oxford United 0 Crewe Alexandra 2

U's lose to Crewe. Full time report

17 November 2020

A close-range effort from Mikael Mandron and an injury-time strike from Owen Dale were enough to give Crewe Alexandra a 2-0 win at the Kassam Stadium this evening.

Mandron's untidy first-half effort and Dale's clinical finish were enough to decide a game that was high on energy but never quite saw the U's find their natural rhythm.

Slow out of the blocks, it had still been a fairly even first 28 minutes before the visitors scored the night's first goal in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

The build up was slick and impressive: Tom Lowery at the heart of things and Charlie Kirk the outlet on the left, but when the initial shot was blocked it bobbled out on to Mandron’s boot and United were a goal down.

Mandron might have doubled the lead eight minutes later but prodded a clear chance over the bar and United were struggling to stem the flow as the Railwaymen had the better of the second quarter of the game. Kirk, who really should be captain, fired wide from a decent position and United hadn’t truly tested either keeper Will Jaasakelainen or my spelling of his name in a flat first half.

Resisting the tempation to make changes at the break, Karl Robinson instead asked for more urgency and a touch more composure from his players, who had found it hard to get any time on the ball. Sam Winnall and Jordan Obita were given half an hour and Winnall's first touch was positive: a header from a Josh Ruffels cross which tested Jaaskelainen's handling for almost the first time.

United hadn't been overrun at the back and improved after the break. That Winnall header made it one effort on target each at that stage, but Crewe had been so solid and it wasn't until the final quarter that United started to find any space, with Winnall unable to guide a second header on target from similar range with 15 minutes left.

Even so, it took a magnificent save from Simon Eastwood and an even better block on the line to stop Crewe putting the game beyond the U's with eight minutes left, although Winnall hobbling off moments later left United with just ten men and an almost impossible task.

Late pressure saw free kicks fall short and crosses flash across the box but it just wasn't to be, and in injury time one last move and a slick pass across sent Dale free to end it as a contest.

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

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