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PREVIEW Oxford United v Charlton Athletic

A full guide to the first home game of the new season

13 August 2021

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Oxford United take on Charlton Athletic at the Kassam Stadium in their first home league game of the season on Saturday (3pm)

The U's will wait on skipper Elliott Moore who has been struggling with a chest infection but have Luke McNally and John Mousinho available should the centre-half not make it. Sam Long (calf) is definitely out but Nathan Holland marked his return with a goal at Burton on Wednesday.

Jack Stevens, Moore, Steve Seddon, Cameron Brannagan, James Henry, Matty Taylor, Ryan Williams and Gavin Whyte were all rested for that midweek match but are available for Saturday.

See Karl, Nathan Holland and Leon Chambers-Parillon all previewing the game in iFollow.

Charlton Athletic boss Nigel Adkins signed 23-year-old winger Charlie Kirk yesterday and must decide whether the former Crewe man makes his debut tomorrow

“He’s been at the training ground this afternoon" Adkins said. "We’ll just take stock of the whole thing. We’re delighted he’s with us and he’ll be wanting to play as quickly as he can.”

Tickets are available from where you can print at home or download to your phone or you can call 01865 337533
Although we can't open Olly's Den or the Family Room tomorrow we do have two rooms available which fans shoud be aware of.

We are proud to have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Andy Taylor for more details:

We also have an 'Isolation Room' available: if you start feeling unwell or show any covid symptoms after you arrive at the ground please tell the nearest steward who will help you to the isolation area where we can get you tested and take appropriate action.

There are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally. Away fans-  Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
Please note there is no movement from one end of the ground to the other behind the North Stand for this game
The Club Shop is open and has the brand new home kit in stock in all sizes. You can also order online HERE
You can hear the whole game in iFollow, with extended highlights or the full 90 minutes available later, follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

Fans aged over 18 will have the chance to get their Covid vaccination before or after the match on Saturday.

Oxford Health has been working closely with the Kassam Stadium management since early this year to run the successful mass vaccination centre.

And, to mark the start of the season at home, fans who have yet to have a first or second vaccination (Pfizer second jabs only after 8 weeks) will have the chance to get their jab before or after the game.

The vaccinations will be carried out between 1pm and 6pm. The pop-up vaccination centre will be situated near the stadium entrance and will be clearly signed.

The facility will be available only to people attending the game aged over 18.

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REPORT Oxford United 2 Charlton Athletic 1

U's pick up first league win of the season. Full time report

14 August 2021

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Oxford United picked up their first league win of the season this afternoon as first-half goals from Ryan Williams and Cameron Brannagan gave them a 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic, despite a Connor Washington penalty for the visitors on an emotional day at the Kassam Stadium.

The fans returtned, the noise was back, the colour was back and of course the drama and need for flexibilty were back, with an inspired piece of quick thinking from boss Karl Robinson helping his side take the lead in a very impressive performance.

When Anthony Forde limped off after the warm up, there weren't too many obvious choices to fill in at right-back, but Williams stepped up, sacrificing a role further forward for uncharted territory at the back but still finding time to run the length of the pitch and open the scoring in a Man of the Match performance.

Half way through the first half, it was the Australian who gave his side the lead when he won the ball and then just kept running. Brannagan fed Gavin Whyte whose shot was palmed back by keeper Craig MacGillivray. Williams smashed home the loose ball and the noise and passion went up to a whole new level.

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Mark Sykes, starting despite having originally been on the bench, was full of running, Alex Gorrin filled holes wherever required, and Sam Winnall led the line intelligently as United looked to double the advantage.

Luke McNally was solid alongside the excellent Jordan Thorniley, although the first real chance had come at the other end before the goal, with Jack Stevens making an excellent save from Washington when he ran in behind the defence after 14 minutes.

However, United continued to offer the greater threat and after half an hour were 2-0 up with another excellent goal. Whyte spread the ball wide to Sykes, Brannagan again made a clever run to join the attack and when Akin Famewo stopped the ball reaching the lurking Winnall, it was Brannagan again to drill the loose ball past the helpless keeper and United were two to the good.

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The game then came fully to life, with Charlton coming back into it from the spot after Jayden Stockley headed goalwards and Winnall, in midair, was judged to have blocked the ball with his arm. To the naked eye it looked like it hit him in the face, perhaps then hitting his trailing arm, but whatever the merits of the decision, Washington rolled the penalty home and suddenly United’s lead had been halved.

Robinson and Gorrin were booked, Henry had a shot saved, Charlton had a good spell and half time came as a welcome breather for everyone after a hectic first 45 minutes back together.

The tempo dropped slightly after the break, although Winnall should have won it on the hour when Sykes fizzed the ball across and the sliding striker was inches away from making it 3-1, getting no more than a stud to the ball as it flew almost along the goal line.

Charlton are a good side and will do well, but United, even with last-minute disruptions and key players such as Elliott Moore and Sam Long unavailable, were more than a match for them in a fascinating second half where their attacking options were underlined with Matty Taylor and Nathan Holland making cameo appearances at the tail end of the game.

Defensively they are sound too: three games played in all competitions and they have only conceded from the spot or via an own goal. Two games in, four points on the board - four more than usual - and clearly much more to come from this side.

Most importantly, arguably more so than the final score, there were over 7,000 home fans to see it in the glorious Oxfordshire sunshine.

Welcome back. We missed you. That one was for you....

Fifty/50 winning number:72645

Att: 8,440, Away:1,373

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

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Ticket News

Charlton Tickets On Sale Now

Join us for the first home game of the season

2 August 2021

Tickets are on sale NOW for Oxford United’s first home game of the new season.

The U’s welcome Charlton Athletic to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday 14th August (3pm) and it looks like being the biggest reunion in Oxford with fans rushing back to see Karl Robinson’s new-look side: Back where U’s Belong.

Earlier today we confirmed that the stadium can operate with full crowds once again and with Charlton filling the away seats there is guaranteed to be a fantastic atmosphere when the U’s finally emerge from the tunnel in front of their own fans.

Don’t miss out.

Demand is sure to be massive for this game and we strongly recommend that fans book tickets quickly to get the best seats in the house.

The stadium will be following all covid protocols and safety measures to ensure that the return of fans is as safe as it can be, so book today by CLICKING HERE or calling 01865 337533 during office hours. Tickets purchased online will be e-tickets or print at home.

It’s a day we have waited 18 months for: Oxford finally Reunited. If you would like to make a real day of it and join us in the matchday restaurant, then CLICK HERE

And if you don’t have a season ticket (yet) then find out HERE how to save money on every home game with a Year of the Ox membership…

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