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PREVIEW Oxford United v Peterborough United

A full guide to Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Kassam Stadium

6 November 2020

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The U's have no new injuries after Tuesday night's win over Rochdale with Sean Clare and Alex Gorrin both fine despite taking knocks in that game.

"Even so we will probably make changes" Karl Robinson told us. "It's a competition we respect but with this game and then the Trophy on Tuesday night (at Walsall) we have a chance to look at a few things and help players recover.

"There were a few playing on Tuesday who were carrying injuries. You are going to get that because of the number of games at this stage of the season, but we will take stock of it all and send out a team on Saturday that we think can get us through to the next round."

Hear from Karl and Mide Shodipo in iFollow where you can view the whole game LIVE.

Boss Darren Ferguson is expected to make changes to his table-topping side:

“I’m not making 10 changes tomorrow,” he told the Peterborough Telegraph “All those who haven’t been playing will definitely play in the EFL Trophy game at Cambridge next Tuesday. But there are  two or three who need to come out. Not because they are fatigued, but because their numbers are telling us they need a break.

“I will still field a strong squad and I will still expect a good performance. We built a squad where everyone could play in the first team and as long as those who play show the right attitude and mentality tomorrow it’s a game we can win. I’ll trust everyone I pick.

“It’s not the draw we wanted, but we always look forward to cup games and maybe we’ll get a better draw in the second round. We want a good run. We don’t believe it’s that much of a distraction.”

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REPORT Oxford United 1 Peterborough United 2

U's bow out of the Emirates FA Cup. Full time report

7 November 2020

Oxford United went out of the Emirates FA Cup in the First Round  this afternoon when goals from Siriki Dembele and Jack Taylor gave Peterborough United a 2-1 win at the Kassam Stadium, despite Josh Ruffels' goal levelling things at half time.

United again played well against the early League 1 leaders but having come back from 1-0 down were not quite able to repeat the trick, despite late pressure in what turned out to be a fine FA Cup tie.

The opener came amid then five seconds of good old-fashioned cup controversy. Mide Shodipo, tricky throughout, could easily had been awarded a penalty at one end when he nutmegged a defender and was seemingly tripped from behind. Instead the play continued, Peterborough went to the other end. Louis Reed wasn’t waiting for his man as he slipped the ball through and Dembele, looking suspiciously offside, sprinted further clear and beat the helpless Jack Stevens for an opening goal that infuriated Karl Robinson so much he was shown a yellow card.

United bounced back in impressive style and skipper Matty Taylor volleyed a difficult chance over the fence, Moore flicked another header too close to the keeper and Shodipo curled another effort wide as they pushed for an equaliser.

United do have a threat at set pieces in Moore and Long, coupled with Forde’s excellent delivery and in the end that was what got them level right on the break. Forde sent a free kick into the box, the centre halves attacked it and Ruffels stabbed the loose ball home at the near post to leave the game evenly poised at 1-1 at the break.

The game then went end to end for the second period. Stevens made a good save but the U's were matching their table-topping visitors all over the pitch when Kent restored the Posh's one-goal advantage.

It was a scrappy goal and United maybe had chances to clear their lines but in the end Taylor's low shot from the edge of the box crept inside the right-hand post via a deflecton and United again had to come from behind.

They tried. Shodipo saw a deflection loop his drive onto the roof of the net and the attacking threat of subs Sam Winnall, Joel Cooper and Dylan Asonganyi gave them late impetus, but it's not just their attacking options that have made the Posh the top team so far in League 1. They defend well, are well organised and on this occasion proved impossible to break down. When United did get a sight at goal, Pym palmed away a superb Shodipo piledriver on 89 minutes and an injury time free kick from Forde was too close to Pym, and that was about it.

No FA Cup glory this year then but nothing left on the pitch and a full-blooded effort from the U's, who had once again shown they can match the team at the top.

Cup dreams packed away for another 12 months. Time to concentrate on league points instead.

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels

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