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PREVIEW Morecambe v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's game

5 April 2022

Oxford United head for Morecambe this evening in Sky Bet League 1 (7.45pm).

TEAM NEWS
United will look to bounce back after defeat at Plymouth on Saturday. James Henry, who came on as a sub to complete his return from injury, told iFollow after that game:

"It was a massively disappointing result but we had our chances early in the game and needed to make more of them. We can't let it affect us too much at this stage of the season and we will look to put it right on Tuesday night."

Henry will be hoping for a return to the starting eleven this evening but Elliott Moore remains a doubt after illness and the U's will follow the correct protocols after Cameron Brannagan was ruled out at Plymouth after a collision in training.

Marcus Browne, Sam Baldock, Alex Gorrin and Jamie Hanson remain sidelined although Hanson is making good progress after a week at St George's Park to speed his recovery.

THE OPPOSITION
Manager Derek Adams saw his side pick up three points on Saturday against Burton Albion and is hoping home support can help drive his side to escape relegation.

“There are other fixtures that affect us on Tuesday night as well, Gillingham don’t play and that is what we are looking at,” he said. “Three points gets us out of the drop zone and that is what we are targeting, we are trying to use that to our advantage, we respect and understand what Oxford United are about.

“We have got home advantage, the home supporters were here on Saturday in really good numbers once again, and it will be the same again on Tuesday.”

“I like Oxford, I always have done as a football club. They have a lot of individually talented players, they are a club that were in the Play-Offs last season. Karl Robinson has always got good technically gifted players and we will see that tomorrow night, we have to overcome them.”

TICKETS
Fans are reminded that because this game was moved from its original date Morecambe have asked that the game become ALL TICKET for away fans with none now available

London Road Travel
Coaches depart the Kassam Stadium at 1pm and Kidlington Sainsbury’s at 1:15pm

Prices
Adult member £29.00
Under 18 member £27.00
Adult non member £31.00
Under 18 non member £29.00

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

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

SEE IT LIVE
There's nothing like being there to see it but if you can't make the midweek trip then you can stream the whole game live and support the U's from home.

We have commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford Sport and whether you are overseas or in the UK, you can see every kick.

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

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Match Reports

REPORT Morecambe 2 Oxford United 1

U's beaten at Morecambe. Full time report

5 April 2022

Oxford United lost on the road for the second time in a week as Cole Stockton's goal gave battling Morecambe a League 1 lifeline.

Leading through an early goal from Matty Taylor, United held the lead for just ten minutes before captain Aaron Wildig made it 1-1 and Stockton then decided things with a clinical finish that moved the home side out of the relegation places.

It all looked so good when Taylor rifled home his 22nd goal of the season in just the third minute.

He owed a lot to Mark Sykes in the build up, the Irishman bursting forward from a deeper midfield role and committing defenders who were drawn to the ball as he roared into the box. A low cross, a touch from Taylor to move it out of his feet and 1-0 to the U’s. Sadly it was the only time the magnificent Trevor Carson was to be beaten.

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On a foul Lancashire evening with constant drizzle making a heavy pitch ever heavier, United were bright in their movement and looked comfortable. But then, as at Plymouth on Saturday, conceded to the first shot at their goal.

A bobbling ball wasn’t cleared and captain Wildig seized on it just outside the area and drove the ball down into the sodden turf, from where it bounced over the stranded Jack Stevens and into the sodden net to level matters with 14 minutes gone.

United almost hit back straight away when home keeper Carson - always a nuisance against the U's - made a good save from Nathan Holland’s skidding drive and Holland then lifted a similar chance over on 22 minutes.

On 24 minutes it was 2-1 to the home side when Herbie Kane was robbed as he tried to turn, Stockton ran at the defence, Adam Phillips carried it forward and then Stockton made the finish look simple when Phillips cut the ball back for the top scorer inside the area.

Again United regained control of the game but couldn’t turn possession into goals. Williams and Whyte whistled efforts across the face of goal from the right and Taylor missed his kick with the best chance of the half on 44 minutes, after Nathan Holland had rolled him in on goal.

The chances kept coming after the break, with Whyte seeing a pass across goal cut out when he might have tried his luck with United playing into the teeth of a gale.

Kane saw a shot saved and had Morecambe, fighting for survival in League 1, dropped any deeper, they would have been on the beach as they tried to stem the tide of white shirts coming at them.

James Henry and Billy Bodin were given half an hour to help the side find a way through and almost immediately United were through on goal only for the studs on Carson's left boot to deflect Holland's goalbound effort past the post. By such fine margins are seasons defined.

United threw everything into it and there was no shortage of effort and commitment, but just as Plymouth beat them with their only shot on target, Morecambe were now leading with their only two, Stevens subsequently saving a well struck third from the excellent Phillips.

At the other end, sub Sam Winnall saw a defender deflect his first touch inches the wrong side of the post, McNally's low drive flew through a sea of legs but was kicked away by Carson, who then made a world class save in the very last minute to somehow keep out another Winnall shot.

There was to be no way through depite all the pressure, and in among the chances United had also missed a much bigger opportunity.

There is still time to achieve what they set out to do this season, this just makes it all look that much harder.

See you against Sunderland on Saturday...

Att: 3,882
Away: 304

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

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Ticket News

Morecambe Away Tickets

ALL TICKET game at the Mazuma Stadium on Tuesday

4 April 2022

Ticket Details for our Sky Bet League 1 game away at Morecambe are as follows

Morecambe Away
Tuesday 5th April, 7.45pm

Fans are reminded that because this game was moved from its original date Morecambe have asked that the game become ALL TICKET for away fans with none available on the night.

Tickets are available online from oufctickets.co.uk , in person from the Oxford United Ticket Office and on the phones (01865 337533)

Prices
Seats in Beyond Radio stand
Adults £25
Over 65 £20
18-22 £15
Under 18 £ 7
Under 14 £ 5

Terrace tickets in Dennison Trailers stand
Adults £20
Over 65 £15
18-22 £10
Under 18 £ 5
Under 14 £ 3

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant price with a Personal assistant FOC

Please note all Under 14’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

London Road Travel
Coaches depart the Kassam Stadium at 1pm and Kidlington Sainsbury’s at 1:15pm

Prices
Adult member £29.00
Under 18 member £27.00
Adult non member £31.00
Under 18 non member £29.00

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

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

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