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17 August 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Crewe Alexandra

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

17 August 2021

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Oxford United welcome Crewe Alexandra to the Kassam Stadium tonight in Sky Bet League 1.

The U's hope to have skipper Elliott Moore available again after a chest infection. The centre-half trained yesterday and provided there is no reaction should be OK to return to  the squad.

Anthony Forde felt his hamstring tighten in the warm up on Saturday and was replaced by Ryan Williams at the last minute. With Sam Long still a couple of weeks away with a calf problem Williams is likely to continue at right-back where he was Man of the Match on Saturday, although Moore's return gives Karl Robinson a couple of different options.

See Karl, James Henry and Darren Purse all previewing the game in iFollow.

Crewe picked up their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham on the opening day but after getting past Hartlepool in the Carabao Cup in midweek lost 2-0 at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Boss David Artell has strengthened his side with the arrival of 19-year-old striker Ben Knight from Manchester City, the seventh new face at Gresty Road this summer

Cambridge-born Knight joined  City’s academy in 2018 from Ipswich Town and was a key part of their title winning Premier League 2 campaign last season.

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 tonight 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.
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 see 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.

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REPORT Oxford United 1 Crewe Alexandra 0

U's keep early season momentum going. Full time report

17 August 2021

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Oxford United's early season momentum continues as they cruised past Crewe thanks to a James Henry penalty at the Kassam Stadium this evening

Henry's spot kick was enough to decide a game where United held the upper hand for much of the 90 minutes without quite shaking off a stubborn Crewe side who had late chances which could have ruined an otherwise excellent evening for Karl Robinson's impressive side.

United have yet to name the same line up in consecutive games this season and have an embarrassment of riches at the top end of the field, Billy Bodin, Matty Taylor and Nathan Holland all coming into the side. They do however have an annoying habit of having to make early changes; Anthony Forde was still out of action after limping off in the warm-up on Saturday and Holland hobbled off after just 15 minutes this evening allowing Dan Agyei to illustrate both points I am trying to make.

It’s a squad game and United have genuine strength in depth. Even with the changes, they dominated the first half with keeper Jack Stevens barely touching the ball and the home side gradually increasing the pressure as the game went on.

Perhaps their crosses hit the first man too many times when they did get into the final third, but when they did swing one into the box after 27 minutes the imposing Luke McNally headed over the top, Bodin following that soon after with a rising effort as the U’s started to apply pressure for the first time.

That paid off after 31 when McNally stormed out of defence and spread the ball wide. Agyei crossed, Taylor challenged and as Bodin homed in onto the knock-down, Terell Thomas stretched out a leg and gave ref Robert Madley an easy decision to make: Henry firing into the roof of the net to make it five goals from five different players so far this season.

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Taylor was inches away from becoming the sixth as he slid to convert a Bodin cross that was just too strong for him soon after, but United were good value for their lead at the interval.

There was further disruption soon after the break with Williams twisting awkwardly when crossing and replaced by John Mousinho, meaning McNally having to move to right back. It's not his natural position but just like Williams on Saturday, he uncomplainingly* gave it absolutely everything for the cause.

The first hint of danger at the other end came on the opposite flank, when Callum Ainley's low shot after 68 minutes forced Stevens to plunge to his right and make a fairly routine save, but United almost doubled their lead when the pace of Agyei got him to the ball just ahead of keeper Dave Richards only for the ball to drift wide.

Crewe had improved in the second half but their best spell came in the last ten minutes as they chased the game. Sub Griffiths had the ideal opportunity to level matters with his first touch but could only guide a header wide from eight yards with Stevens beaten. Left back Rio Adebisi smashed a volley into the car park in injury time with their other clear chance, but United had perhaps deserved a little good fortune.

In the last two seasons one of those chances would have gone in; United didn't enjoy much luck in the opening ten games in either campaign. Tonight they missed the target and the U's have seven points from nine.

A promising start and plenty more to come.

See you at Bolton on Saturday.

Att: 6757
Away: 204

Fifty/50 winning number: 73163

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

*no, not sure either.

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