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PREVIEW Oxford United v Portsmouth

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game

4 February 2022

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Oxford United welcome Portsmouth to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1.

​Another bumper crowd is expected as the U's look to turn a good week into a great one with a win to follow a record 7-2 win at Gillingham last Saturday and a 1-1 draw at Wigan on Tuesday.

TEAM NEWS
New faces Ciaron Brown, Oisin Smyth and Sam Baldock could all feature with Baldock signing today as a free agent after spending the first half of the season at Derby County

Marcus Browne will be given a couple of weeks to get fully up to speed after his arrival from Middlesbrough but Gavin Whyte could return to the squad after illness.

James Henry, Jamie Hanson and Alex Gorrin are all ruled out through injury.

See Karl, and all the new faces previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION
Boss Danny Cowley signed Hayden Carter, Tyler Walker, Ollie Webber, Denver Hume and Aiden O’Brien during the window and has been at a few of United's games recently in preparation for Saturday

 “Oxford are a very good team, particularly in possession" he said. "I watched them against AFC Wimbledon recently and they were outstanding. They played through their opponents and got around them, while they get numbers in the box and carry a real offensive threat.

“I also saw Oxford more recently against Gillingham and they had total control, while they were awarded four penalties – I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

“Against Wigan on Tuesday, they had to show the other side of their game and really dug in. It was a feisty affair and I anticipate a tough test at the weekend.”


TICKETS
With a crowd of over 10,000 expected we advise fans to book as early as possible. Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533.
 
Government covid protocols at football matches have changed since the last home game- please click through from the link above to find out the latest guidelines
 
PARKING
There are around 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.
 
There will be no access from one end of the ground to the other behind the North Stand after 2pm
 
VISITING FANS
Click here for a full away fan guide: 2021 away guide.pdf
 
HOME KIT SALE
The Club Shop is open and has a great offer available - 20% off home kits. You can now pick up Mini and Junior home shirts for just £25, whilst all Adult sizes are now available for £35. That offer is also available online by clicking here

GETTING HERE
The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, are running as normal and offer easy and affordable transport to home games. CLICK HERE for a full guide to public transport to the game.

Please note that the OX2 timetable has changed and buses will leave ten minutes earlier that they were doing earlier in the season:OUFC - Special Service - February 2022 - Timetable.pdf
 
FAMILY
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
 
FIFTY/50
With another big crowd expected it will also mean a big prize for the Polythene UK half time draw. The prize was over £1,000 last game so make sure you buy your ticket, available all around the ground.
 
COVERAGE
You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK and see it overseas, with interviews with all the key men after the game.
 
You can also 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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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 3 Portsmouth 2

Last minute Holland goal sees U's beat ten man Pompey

5 February 2022

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Nathan Holland scored a super strike to give Oxford United a 3-2 win over ten-man Portsmouth at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon.

Leading through a thumping header from defender Luke McNally, United were pegged back through a Michael Jacobs equaliser before Joe Morrell's red card left Portsmouth with ten men for more than half the game. However, the ten men went ahead through Ronan Curtis and defended stubbornly until Cameron Brannagan blasted home with time running out and Holland scored a magnificent winner deep into injury time.

The last six games between the two sides have been binary: 1-1,1-1, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1, so a brace of goals inside the first ten minutes was an unexpected start.

It took just six minutes for the opening goal for the U’s, when Billy Bodin’s outswinging corner was powered home by McNally. The Irish defender grows by the game and was just too strong for his markers, while Bodin’s delivery from dead balls has been a revelation since he forced his way into the side.

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Sadly, the lead was fleeting as Pompey hit back inside four minutes when a dipping ball into the six-yard box was retrieved by Kieron Freeman and Jacobs could hardly miss the open goal six yards in front of him.

There may not have been many goals in recent meetings but there is rarely a lack of incident and just 16 minutes in Pompey were down to ten men when Morrell raised a boot and caught Brannagan (literally in the middle of everything all game) in the head. Ref Samuel Barrott took a highly dim view of a very raised shoe and sent Morrell (harshly) for an early bath.

If that was harsh, then a yellow card for George Hirst for a leading arm on Elliott Moore was equally lenient ten minutes later, before United spent the rest of the first half camped around the away side's penalty area.

They almost found a way through with a couple of superb flicks and passes from Bodin and Herbie Kane; Brannagan was denied by keeper Bazunu and McNally and Ryan Williams planted successive efforts onto the roof of a Nissan Qashquai in the car park rather than the roof of the net.

United had dominated but not made the game safe and there was a warning that the ten men weren’t out of the game when Hirst drew a save from Stevens two minutes before the break. Soon after a delayed restart, Danny Cowley’s depleted side did get themselves in front when Curtis cleverly found space in the right-hand channel and fired across Stevens to make it 2-1 and leave the U’s to make changes of shape and personnel to try and finally find a way through the packed Pompey defence.

On came Holland and Winnall and shots and crosses started to rain in on Bazunu's goal. Brannagan, Sykes and Kane all went close from distance, Bazunu made two or three routine saves, and what United needed was just that one moment of inspiration.

They got two.

Brannagan won't forget this week. Four goals from the spot last week, Player of the Month in his pocket from pre-match, Man of the Match today, and now a spectacular strike from 25 yards to level things and spark huge relief/celebrations among another crowd of over 10,000. Great goal at a great time and still enough time to turn the possession into three points.

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The home fans roared their team forward, McNally nodded another corner over the top, Seddon fired another into the crowd and ten minutes of additional time saw United chasing everything.

Holland then showed amazing composure when he picked up the ball on the left and ran at the retreating visiting defence. His low shot flew across Bazunu, clipped the inside of the far post and United had left it late but picked up another important, amazing, win.

A terrific game of football, full of passion and incidents. If you're not watching Oxford United right now, then what on earth ARE you doing on a Saturday?

Att: 10,373 (+1 inflatable woman)
Away: 1,754

Fifty/50 winning number 18303 wins £834.50

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

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Ticket News

Portsmouth Tickets Available Now

Another bumper crowd expected in OX4

25 January 2022

Saturday saw the largest crowd of the season pass through the Kassam Stadium turnstiles, and all the Yellow Army in attendance were treated to a pulsating 3-2 victory for Karl Robinson’s men.

It cannot be overstated just how much of an impact your support had on the proceedings with Sam Winnall’s goal sealing the win late on, and with the fixtures  coming thick and fast, we need the same again when the U’s host Porstmouth on  Saturday 5th February, 3pm.

So if you were there cheering on your team on Saturday, make sure you do the same again. If you missed out, don’t make the same mistake twice. To give you a taste of what to expect check out the Sheffield Wednesday Moments You Missed feature below, and secure your tickets early for what is sure to be another big crowd.

Tickets are on sale across the stadium, and can be bought in one of the following
ways:

  • Online at OUFCTickets.co.uk
  • By calling 01865 337533
  • By visiting the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office in person

If you’re looking to enjoy something extra special, the club are also taking bookings for the Restaurant Hospitality package.

Like many areas in the stand, the Restaurant Package sold out for Saturday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday, so act fast to avoid disappointment this time round.

Prices £75 inclusive of VAT, however if you are a Season Ticket holder you can benefit from an exclusive price of just £50 inc VAT.

Full details can be found by clicking here

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