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PREVIEW Oxford United v Sheffield Wednesday

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Kassam Stadium

21 January 2022

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Oxford United welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

​A bumper crowd is expected as Wednesday visit the Kassam Stadium for the very first time, looking to get revenge for United's 2-1 win at Hillsborough earlier in the season

The U's are without the suspended Herbie Kane who misses the second of three games, while midfielder Jamie Hanson limped off in a friendly against Cheltenham in midweek and will wait on scan results on a hamstring injury.

See Karl, Elliott Moore and Niall McWilliams previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION
Two of Wednesday's three former United players have been missing recently with Chey Dunkley and Mide Shodipo on the injured list, but Marvin Johnson has featured regularly in defence for Darren Moore's Owls.

Wednesday are one place and three points behind the U's after an excellent 4-2 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle last weekend.


TICKETS
With a crowd of over 10,000 expected we advise fans to book as early as possible from oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533. Book before 3pm today and you will go into the draw to win a FREE SEASON TICKET for next season.
 
With government covid protocols at football matches unchanged this weekend we ask fans to allow a little extra time as appropriate covid certification will be require- the turnstiles will open half an hour early, and if you are attending then please read the Fan Protocols above.
 
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
 
VISITING FANS
Click here for a full away fan guide: 2021 away guide.pdf
 
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.
 
FAMILY
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf

BE PART OF THE BIG PICTURE
During the first half we will be capturing a stunning 360-degree photograph of the whole crowd, shot at an incredible 20 billion pixels – check the club’s official social accounts post-match, zoom in to your seat, tag yourself, and share across social media. You will also have the option to order your own picture

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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REPORT The Winnall Takes It All

Oxford United 3 Sheffield Wednesday 2. Full time report

22 January 2022

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Two goals from Matty Taylor and a dramatic late winner from former Wednesday player Sam Winnall saw Oxford United twice come from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon and regain their play-off position.

Trailing to an early Barry Bannon goal, United hit back to level before the break through a Taylor header and then having conceded to sub Josh Windass on the hour, again found a response when Taylor tucked home his 50th goal for the club just two minutes later before Winnall glanced home a winner to spark scenes of huge celebration from the biggest crowd of the season.

Early goals have become a feature in United’s games this season, but on this occasion it came at the wrong end. Bannon remains a key player for the Owls and was given too much room on the edge of the box to fire into the corner to the returning Jack Stevens’ left to give the visitors an early lead.

With Gavin Whyte and Ryan Williams both unavailable - the former for covid reasons, the second after the safe arrival of his baby son in the early hours - United took time to settle and were grateful to Stevens for a decent save from a Jack Hunt header and Sam Long for a superb block from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing as Wednesday made much of the running in the first half hour.

However, they failed to kill off the game and United began to claw their way back into things. A Cameron Brannagan effort was smuggled off the line after 38 minutes but what they needed was a goal before the break, and in injury time Taylor provided it with his 13th of the season.

A hanging cross into the six yard box from Marcus Macguane invited a touch and Taylor stuck his head across a covering defender to nod it gently inside the left-hand post to level things at the break.

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The tempo increased on the pitch at the same rate as the temperature fell off it after the interval, with United adjusting to a new wing-back formation after Elliott Moore was forced off at half time.

That allowed wing backs Mark Sykes and Steve Seddon to fizz in a number of dangerous crosses, which Taylor usually thrives on, but three eluded him and and on the hour Windass regained the lead for the Owls.

The goal somehow came after United had wasted possession from a throw they had to take after Windass span a shot out of play from 30 yards. A shot that goes out for a throw is always funny but nobody was laughing when the visitors recovered it and worked it for Windass, who did just what his dad used to do at the Manor for the U's, driving the ball home from a tricky angle with an unstoppable finish.

Taylor will have watched Windass Senior and was clearly taking notes because within a minute he was levelling once again with another poacher's goal. Nathan Holland's shot was deflected into his path, the first effort hit the keeper but Taylor was alert to that and bundled the ball home for his 50th goal for the U's.

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Now the game was wide open. Sykes and Seddon joined  the fun but couldn't give their team the lead before Winnall was thrown on as a sub and with his first touch won the game for the U's, glancing home a beautifully flighted Billy Bodin corner for his first goal of an injury-affected season.

A terrific end to an excellent game of football (we won't mention Gregory and Paterson missing by inches in injury time).

Ignore the drama and look at the bigger picture: United won after twice being behind, after losing their previous two games and having had to adjust their team at the last minute. That took some character, but then we know that's something they have plenty of and three points lifted them back into the play-off places.

A good win, any day of the week.

See you at Gillingham...

Att:10,071
Away: 1,444

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

Fifty/50 winning number 16705 wins £1002.50

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Ticket News

Last Chance To Win A Season Ticket

Secure your tickets fast to be in the hat

20 January 2022

Time is running out for U’s fans to be in with a chance of winning a 2022/23 Season Ticket as part of the club’s promotion of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

All supporters who hold a ticket for the game (either Season or Match) at 3pm on Friday 21st January will be automatically entered into the draw to win the gift of football in the 2022/23 campaign.

Don’t miss out, tickets can be bought in one of three ways:

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

The winner will be announced and contacted shortly after 3pm on Friday, so keep an eye on your inbox to see if you’re our lucky winner.

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