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PREVIEW Fleetwood Town v Oxford United

A full guide to Good Friday's big game

14 April 2022

Oxford United head for Fleetwood on Friday in Sky Bet League 1

TEAM NEWS
United are still without Marcus Browne, Sam Baldock, Jamie Hanson and Alex Gorrin but welcomed back Elliott Moore and Cameron Brannagan last weekend and both are again included in the squad as is James Henry after his recent injury problems.

See Elliott Moore and Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION

It’s a game that both teams need to win as Fleetwood Head Coach Stephen Crainey said:

“We need points and hopefully they can start coming in on Friday when we face Oxford. We are under no illusions that it is going to be a tough match, but it will be one that we are ready for.

“They are a good side who play good football and can be a threat in the final third as they can score a lot of goals so we need to be ready for that, but at the same time, I feel that we can hurt them at the other end of the pitch. We need to get the game plan and the balance right, on and off the ball, and if we do that, we can get the points we need.

“Every game is going to be vital, so we’ll need every single person, whether they are a youth player or a senior player, we are going to need everyone and that starts on Friday. I’m going to pick teams to win games of football, that may be a mixed blend, but I need to get that balance right so hopefully, I can do that for the Oxford game.”

TICKETS
Tickets will be available on the day, CARD ONLY but can also be ordered in advance. Collections on the day are from the Main Reception from 1:30/2pm.

Tickets are on sale online from oufctickets.co.uk by phone (01865 337533) and in person until Thursday 14th April at 3pm.

Prices

  Terracing Seating
Adult £22 £24
Over 65 £17 £19
Under 25 £17 £19
Under 16 £7 £8
Under 5 FREE FREE
Personal Assistant FREE FREE

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a personal assistant admitted FREE.

For those purchasing concessionary tickets proof if ID may be required. If you fail to show proof you may be charged an upgrade fee.

Supporters should enter the stadium via the turnstiles indicated on their ticket approximately 90 minutes before kick off.

London Road Travel
Coaches will depart the Stadium at 8:30am PROMPT and Kidlington Sainsbury’s at 8:45am.

Adult Member £29.00

Under 18 Member £27.00

Adult Non Member £31.00

Under 18 Non Member £29.00

Visit oufctickets.co.uk or call 01865 337533 to book

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches

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SEE IT LIVE
You can see the whole game live in iFollow with commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford Sport plus highlights to follow.

We have coverage on Twitter, Instagram and a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT Fleetwood Town 2 Oxford United 3

U's win a thriller. Full time report

15 April 2022

Oxford United survived a Fleetwood fightback to pick up a crucial first ever win at Highbury this afternoon.

In a must-win game, United looked to have won it inside 16 minutes through goals from Nathan Holland, Cameron Brannagan and Billy Bodin, but Fleetwood had other ideas and launched a heroic comeback to get it back to 2-3 with over half an hour to go. United then needed to stand firm to see the job through.

The home side, with one win in 17 and a key trip to fellow strugglers Gillingham on Monday, looked nervous from kick-off and were undone when Bodin found space on the right and whipped in a low cross that evaded Matty Taylor, slipped away from Brannagan, but ran into the path of Holland, who fired a low right-footed effort back across the keeper to make it 1-0 with his sixth goal of the season.

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Four minutes later and it was 2-0 as the Cod Army again only offered flimsy defence of their net. Brannagan, once a Fleetwood loanee, powered forward in the left channel, played a wall pass off Holland and drilled the second goal across keeper Kieran O’Hara to make it 2-0 after just seven minutes.

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Bodin was running the show and on 16 minutes, shortly after a tackle stopped him from scoring Goal of the Century, he ghosted into the area to power a header into the corner of the net from a Brannagan cross. 3-0 and surely we could all go home for Easter...

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Fleetwood simply refused to accept their fate.

There were scares when Callum Camps smashed a free kick against the United bar and Ellis Harrison drove a chance wide, but clearly Oxford fans have to hear Captain Pugwash when we go to Fleetwood and on 39 minutes his shanty celebrated Harrison’s penalty as he made it 3-1 from the spot after the striker’s shot had hit the helpless Long at close range.

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Clearly nobody had shown the home side the script, Taylor (twice), Herbie Kane and Sykes all had chances in the first half but somehow United suddenly came in danger of letting the Cod Army off the hook as they got their tails up and battered United.

It took a good save from Stevens to prevent Harrison making it 2-3 a minute after half-time before we had Game ON again after 53 minutes, as Harrison knocked the ball out of the sprawling Stevens' gloves and Cian Hayes rolled the ball into the empty net.

Next goal was going to go a long way to defining the season, either way. Ciaron Brown made a crucial intervention on 58 to clear a Hayes effort off the line as it trickled again towards the empty net, but Sykes went close after running the length of the pitch as the U's gradually began to regain their composure.

Both teams gave blood, Pilkington playing the last ten minutes swathed in a bandaged head and sub James Henry having to be replaced after the same incident.

A wonderful game of football in which Fleetwood deserve enormous credit for the spirit they showed in a seemingly hopeless situation.

But United also deserve applause: they were asked to win and they did just that, in a pressure situation and at a ground they had never even led on before, let alone won.

It's going to be tense from here on in. Three to go, you never know...

Att: 2,589

Away: 739

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

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Ticket News

Fleetwood Away Ticket Details

Ticket and travel news for our trip to Highbury

11 April 2022

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League 1 game away at Fleetwood Town on Friday are as follows.

Tickets will be available on the day, CARD ONLY but can also be ordered in advance. Collections on the day are from the Main Reception from 1:30/2pm.

Tickets are on sale online from oufctickets.co.uk by phone (01865 337533) and in person until Thursday 14th April at 3pm.

The last day for postage is Monday 11th April.

Prices

  Terracing Seating
Adult £22 £24
Over 65 £17 £19
Under 25 £17 £19
Under 16 £7 £8
Under 5 FREE FREE
Personal Assistant FREE FREE

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a personal assistant admitted FREE.

For those purchasing concessionary tickets proof if ID may be required. If you fail to show proof you may be charged an upgrade fee.

Supporters should enter the stadium via the turnstiles indicated on their ticket approximately 90 minutes before kick off.

London Road Travel

Coaches will depart the Stadium at 8:30am PROMPT and Kidlington Sainsbury’s at 8:45am.

Adult Member £29.00

Under 18 Member £27.00

Adult Non Member £31.00

Under 18 Non Member £29.00

Visit oufctickets.co.uk or call 01865 337533 to book

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches

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