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15 September 2020 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Watford

A full guide to tonight's Carabao Cup game at the Kassam Stadium

15 September 2020

Oxford United welcome Watford to the Kassam Stadium this evening (7pm) in the second round of the Carabao Cup

TEAM NEWS
United are without Josh Ruffels who damaged his shoulder during Saturday's game at Lincoln. However Rob Atkinson is available after his red card in that game was overturned after an appeal.

The U's are without Jamie Hanson who is perhaps two weeks away from a return and Alex Gorrin with an ankle injury and have new doubts over Mark Sykes and Matty Taylor who may be rested ahead of Saturday's home game against Sunderland in the league.

Jack Stevens is likely to start in goal while John Mousinho, Anthony Forde, Derick Osei Yaw, Dan Agyei and Rob Hall all started in the last round against Wimbledon and are likely to feature again. Joel Cooper who missed the first two games due to his involvement with the Northern Ireland squad stands by for a full debut.

Hear from Joel in the Preview Show where we also have Oxford and Watford hero Les Taylor as well as an exclusive pre match interview with Karl Robinson. See it all in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Watford manager Vladimir Ivic’s side started their Championship campaign with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Friday but he is likely to make changes to that side due to their short pre-season

“Pre-season was not long and how we wanted it to be" he said. "We worked with 10 or 11 players for half of pre-season because of the situation and some of them are not ready to play three games per week. We need to protect them and give chances to other guys for this game” he said.

“It's a good chance for the young players because we've had a few of them who have worked with us in the past two or three weeks. They worked hard and are disciplined guys who follow instructions and they have quality so some of them will get a chance.

“I watched Oxford’s first round game. They have a big squad and some quality players. It will be a very difficult game. It doesn't matter they come from the third division. They fought for promotion last season and I believe they will be fighting for promotion again. We must be serious from the first minute to the last if we want to advance to the next round.”


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.
 
THE MATCH
If the game is level after 90 minutes it would go straight to penalties with no extra time. The winners are away to either Newport County or Cambridge United in round three

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. 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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Match Reports

U's Lose To Watford on penalties

Full time report as shoot out ends in defeat

15 September 2020

Oxford United went out on penalties in the Carabao Cup tonight. Leading through a Rob Hall stunner, United were denied a victory in full time when Ken Sema scored a late equaliser to set up drama once again before Watford won the penalty shoot out 3-0.

United had to recover initially after the Hornets almost seized the initiative with an early opener. There wasn’t even a minute on the clock before Jack Stevens had to show what a good goalkeeper he has become with a reflex save from close range as Stipe Perica looked to capitalise on some hesitant defending in front of him.

The same player then clipped the bar with a second effort after ten minutes but United weren’t overawed in any way and began to settle, with Cameron Brannagan seeing plenty of the ball and full backs Sean Clare and Sam Long providing the width in a new shape that saw Brannagan and the impressive Anthony Forde holding, Hall as a ten and Dan Agyei, Derick Osei Yaw and debutant Joel Cooper further forward.

On 25 it was the left foot of Hall that blasted United into the lead. The excellent Long started it, Cooper powered through two challenges and Hall needed no invitation to let fly from 20 yards out with a characteristic effort that flew over Bachmann’s turning dive. Let’s Rock.

150920 watford (6).jpgHall was at it again soon after, setting up Osei Yaw for another blast at goal which Bachmann helped round the post, and with Agyei again forcing the keeper into a save on 35 and Brannagan drawing the best save of the lot from him on 37, United had started to hit their stride.

Elliott Moore, excellent at the back, hooked a right footer against the post and when Long stormed in on goal, Cooper looked certain to double the lead as Bachmann pushed his save back to the winger only for him to shin the ball over the fence rather than into the empty net in front of him.

Had there been fans in the ground they would have been lapping it up. Stevens made another good save before half time in a terrific cup tie, Bachmann clawed away a Moore header before Clare threw himself in front of a goalbound effort at the other end, so those watching on iFollow had certainly enjoyed their money’s worth before the break.

Watford made two changes at the interval to try and regain the initiative, but United dug in and chances started to dry up at both ends, although Mousinho having to limp off with 20 minutes to go will be a concern as the U's prepare to take on Sunderland in the first home league game of the season on Saturday.

Watford, on the other hand, had used all three subs by the time Marc Navarro hobbled off soon after, leaving just ten men to try and keep them in the cup. It took a magnificent save from Stevens to keep the visitors at bay, again denying Perica with five minutes left, but the visitors weren't to be denied and on 89 minutes Sema somehow found acres of space to calmly slot home a loose ball and force yet another penalty shoot-out at the Kassam Stadium - the third in four competitive games behind closed doors and almost unnecessary when Bachmann tipped a last gasp Hall header round the post which would have won it.

And so to the shoot-out. Forde saw the first one saved, Sema sadly didn't do the same. McGuane went the same way as Forde and was denied, Quina made it 0-2. Hall's drive was saved and Perica finished the job.

No shame in defeat on penalties. United had matched their Championship visitors and can be proud of their efforts. To the league we go...

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

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