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PREVIEW Lincoln City v Oxford United

U's get set for first league game. Full preview

11 September 2020

Oxford United kick off their Sky Bet League 1 campaign with a trip to Lincoln City on Saturday.

United have used almost the full squad in their opening games in the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy with Jamie Hanson the only man to miss out with a calf injury which will keep him out for around three more weeks. Sean Clare limped off during Tuesday night's win over Chelsea U21s but has made a full recovery and trained yesterday ahead of the journey to Lincoln today.

See Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now where we have an exclusive with Josh Ruffels as well as a packed Preview Show featuring Derick Osei Yaw, Simon Eastwood and Jack Stevens.

Former U’s boss Michael Appleton has been in charge for almost a year at Sincil Bank now and believes thats that his young side can continue to progress:

“This season, if we can finish in the top half of the division, it would be progression. We then just have to try and keep progressing and getting better and better.” he said “I don’t need to say it, we all know it, we’re coming up against a side that is more than likely going to finish in the top three or four,” he said.

“They’ve added to what they had last year, even though they’ve lost [Rob] Dickie, the centre-half. They’ve got some good footballers and it will be a tough test for us. But it gives us an opportunity to see how far away we are. That’s what we need to do as a group and as a club this season. We need to know where we are.

“We’ve put a young group together. Are we capable of competing at the top end or are we mid-range? Those questions will get answered over the next few months.”

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Instead you can see the whole game LIVE in iFollow where our friends at BBC Oxford Sport will add their commentary to a full live stream of the match.
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We have coverage on the official Twitter and Instagram pages with a report and Gallery right here on the official website and Facebook on the final whistle with video reaction plus highlights to follow on iFollow and You Tube

Lincoln have produced a match programme for this game which can be ORDERED HERE for delivery to your home(subject to delivery times)




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Match Reports

REPORT Lincoln City 2 Oxford United 0

U's lose out on opening day. Full time report

12 September 2020

Oxford United's Sky Bet League 1 campaign kicked off with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Lincoln this afternoon. Close range headers from Anthony Scully and  Adam Jackson were enough to give the home side all three points as the U's failed to hit top gear at the first attempt.

The season started with both sides taking the knee before the game kicked off three minutes early; no fans, why wait? Both keepers were apparently waiting for 3pm because both got away with hesitation when through balls came their way in the opneing two minutes, with Rob Atkinson also needing to be brave to head away among the flying boots as the Imps impressed in a first half in which the U's failed to muster a shot on goal.

Lincoln were given a helping hand in the opener though when Atkinson, bringing the ball out of defence, gave the ball away and set his team on the retreat as Lincoln came at them with a man advantage. A decent cross, a downwards header from Scully and the U’s were a goal down after seven minutes. I wonder how many times a father and son have both scored against the U’s? Dad Tony netted for QPR against Oxford almost exactly 22 years ago…

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United took 45 minutes to settle and Lincoln were chasing and harrying and making it very hard for them to settle on the ball. Scully toe-poked a dangerous effort just over the bar and James Jones curled a decent effort just wide as Michael Appleton’s side pressed for a second goal. Jones almost found the net with a fierce blast after 37 minutes and United will have been given the half-time hairdryer treatment, power permitting in their temporary portakabin away changing room.

Whatever was said had an immediate effect, with greater intensity and tempo after the break. Both Brannagan and Sykes forced home keeper Alex Palmer into action before the hour mark and United began to push the home side back despite losing Josh Ruffels to a shoulder injury.

Captain Brannagan started to drive his team forward and the introduction of Joel Cooper for a debut, postponed so he could be away with Northern Ireland last weekend, gave the U's fresh impetus as they chased the game in the final quarter.

Taylor couldn't get any power on a 67th-minute header but just as United were pushing for the first time, Lincoln put the game beyond them with a simple set piece to end their revival.

The hugely influential Jones clipped a free kick into the six-yard box, Jackson got in front of his man and the rest was easy as he planted his header down and past the helpless Eastwood from close range.

Brannagan forced a save from Palmer and the men in yellow threw caution to the wind to try and avoid defeat, but a double save on 83 confirmed that it just wasn't to be their day when Palmer got down to push away another Taylor effort then somehow got up to block the follow up from Sykes as he was first to react to the possibilities from the rebound.

To add insult to injury, Rob Atkinson was dismissed as he ended Harry Anderson's injury-time run with a tough challenge, but by then the game was over.

A better second half but an opening day defeat nonetheless. Whatever the result had been, I would have written the same thing as a summary. Long way to go...

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels and Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA


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