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24 November 2020 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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PREVIEW Portsmouth v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's Sky Bet League 1 game

24 November 2020

Oxford United take on Portsmouth tonight at Fratton Park (7pm)

United will make changes from the team that won at Wigan on Saturday. Jordan Obita made his first league start but is unlikely to feature so quickly after as as he eases himself back in to matches after a long lay off.

Matty Taylor is expected to be fit despite picking up a knock on Saturday while Jamie Hanson returns to the squad for the first time this season after a string of niggling injuries kept the Derby man out.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now where also have the thoughts of Rob Atkinson.

Pompey, fourth in the table, will put distant memories of the last time the teams met out of their minds tonight. That game saw the U’s go through to a Wembley play-off final but Assistant Manager Joe Gallen said

"‘You just have to concentrate on what comes next as opposed to what happened a couple of months ago – it’s irrelevant really,, the past has gone.

‘In this league, coming up against Oxford is always tough, coming up against Karl is always tough, but we are confident. Although I envisage another tight game. We’ve played them six times in two seasons now. Basically, they know a lot about us and we know a lot about them. You put all these draws down to that.

‘I expect them to be in the top six at the end of the season. I’m surprised they are not there already, but I expect them to be there pretty soon.’

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REPORT Portsmouth 1 Oxford United 1

Gorrin goal earns United a point. Full time report

24 November 2020

Oxford United drew for the first time this season as an Alex Gorrin penalty earned them a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park. Trailing to a Sean Raggett goal at the break, United hit back from the spot when their Spanish midfielder slotted home to make it four points from two games on the road.

United made changes to the side that won at Wigan last time out: same back line, all change further forward, but there was the same level of commitment and some bright movement up front before they fell behind on 20 minutes from a simple goal for the in-form home side. A cross from their left and centre-half Raggett thumped his header home to make it 1-0.

The men in orange rode their luck for a while. Striker John Marquis should have made it 2-0 but fired into the empty stand rather than the empty net after 27 minutes and it took a header off the line from James Henry to keep a Jack Whatmough header from dropping into the goal as it looped ominously over Simon Eastwood.

That was Portsmoth's best spell of the game and United were still in it at half time, although they hadn’t really offered more than fleeting glimpses up front: an Anthony Forde free kick, Henry firing a Long cross over and some nice hold up play from Dan Agyei without anyone testing keeper Craig MacGillivray in the first hour. Indeed, the goal has been the sole effort on target at either end as two evenly matched sides cancelled each other out, perhaps to be expected given four draws from the last four meetings.

Make that five. But it was because the U's were brave and threw three men on to try and find a way back; get used to three subs in one go when you know you can still do two more under the new rules.

It worked, big time.

One of the new boys, Marcus McGuane, almost made an instant impact with a superb rising drive that forced the keeper into a full length save after 62 minutes and when Eastwood tipped an Ellis Harrison flick over the bar at the other end soon after, the game was opening up nicely, surely to United's advantage?

What we needed was a moment of inspiration and on 69 minutes it came via centre-half Rob Atkinson. Strong as the Ox on his chest, Atkinson burst forward, was stopped, then went again, bursting forward before feeding Agyei who was upended in the box. Time for someone to take responsibility and it was Gorrin, literally putting his hand up, who rolled the ball home for his first league goal for the U's.

Both sides went for the win and sub Mark Sykes almost capped the comeback with a low drive that was touched by MacGillivray's gloves and crept the wrong side of the post.

A useful point at a difficult place for any team to visit. United are adding consistency and steel and move on to a derby at home to Swindon on Saturday.

Can't wait.

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

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