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05 September 2020 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

A full guide to Saturday's season opener at the Kassam Stadium

4 September 2020

Oxford United kick off their new season with a home game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday in the Carabao Cup (3pm)

TEAM NEWS
United are without two of their new signings. Sean Clare is suspended after a sending off in the Scottish Cup last season while winger Joel Cooper is away with Northern Ireland. The only player missing through injury is Jamie Hanson who is likely to be out for three or four weeks with a calf strain, but that leaves Karl Robinson with plenty of options for his first competitive line up of the season.

The U's are likely to give everyone a chance to shine this week with Saturday's game followed swiftly by a home game against Chelsea U21 in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.

Rob Atkinson stands by for his debut. Hear from him, Karl and Simon Eastwood in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Assistant Manager Nick Daws believes the Dons are ready for the new season although games against the U's hold mixed memories:

“We were really pleased with the first Oxford game last season, but away from home we had a slight tweak in the team that didn’t quite work out, and they were firing on all cylinders" he told the official Wimbledon website. "They were a very good side that night on full throttle, but we were still disappointed to lose the game the way we did. It was the only game in my time as part of the management team that we were really disappointed with. Hopefully there won’t be an instance of that again, but we respect Oxford and the way that they play.

"I think we are better equipped this season to deal with different opposition, different formations, different styles of play, and we will have the mentality to go away from home with the confidence to win."

The Dons are without Jack Rudoni (concussion) and Jaakko Oksanen who is on international duty with Finland U-21s


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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.

FOLLOW IT LIVE
The game is available for just £10 to view on iFollow (all LEAGUE games will be free to Season Ticket Holders but cup games are not included)

You can stream the game RIGHT HERE.

Please note, your iFollow login is different to the one you use for oufctickets.co.uk and we recommend signing up for the free service in advance to save time on the day.

If you haven’t signed up to iFollow yet, you can do so by CLICKING HERE

Please note that the match can be viewed on Desktop,  the new App, or on Mobile Web but there is no option to register or buy on the  app. The transaction must take place on the web and then the credentials can be used to login via the App.

Our thanks to SKY TV who waived their rights to allow us to stream the Carabao Cup game, but overseas fans please note that the game is not available live outside the UK because there are different rights holders in different territories.

Season Tickets
There is still time to buy a season ticket and enjoy all the action. Just CLICK HERE or call 01865 337533 to join the Yellow Army and see the games online as well as being at the front of the socially distanced queue when fans return to the stadium.

We will also have coverage on Twitter and Instagram with a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction in iFollow and on You Tube asap.

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Eastwood the Hero as United Go Through on Penalties

Full time report as United kick off in the Carabao Cup against AFC Wimbledon

5 September 2020

Oxford United made a winning start to the season as they went through on penalties in the Carabao Cup at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon. Leading through a Cameron Brannagan strike, United were pegged back by a Ryan Longman goal to force the opening game of the season into a penalty shoot-out. Eastwood made saves, Brannagan scored the winner and it was just like the last game played here all over again...

In a fiercely contested first 90 minutes of the season there were debuts for Rob Atkinson and Marcus McGuane, both impressing, and United's best spell of the first half came early. There was a free kick from Brannagan that drew the first save of the afternoon from Dons’ keeper Connal Trueman. Mark Sykes then blasted a fierce effort at goal which was blocked by the back of Terrel Thomas who also kicked away a further effort from the always dangerous James Henry before we reached the 7th minute.

United had looked sharp although a couple of well-delivered set pieces kept them honest at the other end as Wimbledon started to grow into the game, and it took an excellent save from Simon Eastwood to keep things level after 24 as Thomas popped up at the other end to chest the ball down and blast at goal from eight yards out.

That chance apart, United looked solid defensively, with Elliott Moore looking very accomplished to the right of Atkinson and Alex Gorrin ruthlessly efficient in mopping things up just in front of them, but the early chances had dried up.

Kicking towards their own fans in the second half, United would normally gather momentum but this time, facing an empty sea of blue, they were again grateful to Eastwood for an outstanding save to get down and claw away a Luke O’Neill header five minutes after the break.

There were shouts for a penalty when Joe Pigott took a tumble but United had struggled to break the Dons down after their initial forays and gave Anthony Forde and Liam Kelly half an hour to find a way through. It did the trick.

With 63 minutes on the clock Matty Taylor was denied space to get a shot away so spread the ball wide for Forde. His delivery wasn't cleared and captain Brannagan seized on a difficult bouncing ball to volley past Trueman and give his side the lead with their first goal of the new season.

Trueman spooned away another long-range effort soon after, but Wimbledon weren't finished and four minutes after the goal were level again with a scrambled effort after a set piece was nodded goalwards by Ryan Longman. There was a deflection from a yellow sock and a mass of bodies but Longman was the scorer and it was level pegging once more.

United came back and Ruffels had a header but the visitors continued to create the clearer chances. Pigott should really have given his side the lead with a free header that he steered wide of the mark, and Eastwood needed to stop an Alex Woodyard drive on 77 as the Wombles tried to clear up without the need for penalties.

On 83 minutes Eastwood was the hero when he stopped an Anthony Hartigan penalty after the dangerous Nesta Guinness-Walker had crashed into the retreating Forde, but that forced the game in to the drama of the shoot-out.

O'Neill scored, Forde levelled expertly. Reilly saw his spot kick saved by Eastwood; McGuane made it 2-1. Guinness-Walker couldn't beat Eastwood but Henry was denied. Alexander's penalty was great, Taylor thumped home for 3-2. Pigott levelled but Brannagan, of course, won it from the spot.

The draw for the second and third rounds takes place on Sunday afternoon. United are safely through after a winning start. They will play better than this but they are through. That's all that counts.

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

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