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05 March 2022 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Burton Albion

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

4 March 2022

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Oxford United welcome Burton Albion to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1 (3pm)

United will wait on the fitness of Marcus Browne, Mark Sykes and James Henry. 

Browne felt his hamstring tighten up during the second half at Portsmouth on Tuesday and understandably United will not take any risks as he is eased back. Sykes missed the game on Tuesday with a chest injury while Henry picked up a hopefully minor injury in the warm up

Sam Baldock made another assist at Fratton Park so United have attacking options should Browne be ruled out but Elliott Moore is again ruled out with an ankle injury.

Alex Gorrin and Jamie Hanson are due to return to the training pitches in a couple of weeks.

See Karl and Sam Long previewing the game in iFollow.

Burton were beaten 5-2 at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night to leave them in 14th place in the table. Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was unimpressed by a big decision which he felt shaped the final result

“The start was really difficult for us," admitted the Dutchman. "The opposition began well and put us under a lot of pressure. We could’ve done better with the two goals but we did so well to get back into the game. For their third goal the referee has made a big mistake. My player got pushed. I will speak to him and give my side but he will be arrogant. I don’t need to say any more.These kinds of decisions have killed us a lot this season.”

That result leave the Brewers without a win in their last four games.

With another big crowd expected we advise fans to book as early as possible. Tickets are available in advance from or by calling 01865 337533 and from the Ticket Office on matchday.
There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand will not be in place so fans can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand

Click here for a full away fan guide: 2021 away guide.pdf
Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.

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.

Oxford United Women will be at Saturday's game fresh from Tuesday's 7-0 victory against Hounslow which saw them go top of Women's National League South. Liam Gilbert's side will be stationed outside the Kassam Stadium Exhibition Bar between 1.30pm and 2.30pm to meet supporters, sign autographs, and pose for photos. The team will also be distributing complimentary tickets for their huge promotion clash with Southampton at Court Place Farm next Wednesday 9th March, 7.45pm kick off. The team will also be presented to the crowd ahead of kick-off, while captain Lauren Haynes and midfielder Sophie Baker will also celebrate passing 100 appearances at half time.

Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
With another big crowd expected it will also mean a big prize for the Polythene UK half time draw, make sure you buy your ticket, available all around the ground.
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 Oxford United 4 Burton Albion 1

Four star U's beat the Brewers. Full time report

5 March 2022

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A superb first half paved the way for a excellent 4-1 win for Oxford United over Burton Albion this afternoon at the Kassam Stadium.

Two goals from Sam Baldock and wonderful strikes from Gavin Whyte and Matty Taylor before the break, eased United to a comfortable win despite a consolation goal from Adlene Guedioura for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side.

The first half was one way traffic and United didn’t have long to wait for the opener. They had already seen a Sam Long effort kicked off the line before Baldock nodded them in front with his first of the afternoon. He made the finish look simple, as good finishers tend to do, but it was actually a clever header across the keeper from a Herbie Kane cross that picked him out perfectly to make it 1-0.

Burton saw a Jonny Smith effort fly well clear of the bar but were mostly preoccupied with trying to stop an adventurous United line up, with Mark Sykes and Ryan Williams as wing backs, from filling the spaces that Baldock and Matty Taylor were creating with their movement up top.

Baldock thought he had a second but it was ruled out for Taylor interfering with play, but United were in complete control and Luke McNally was causing complete chaos by carrying the ball from deep and cruising past anyone foolish enough to get in his path. A second goal was always coming and when it did it was a fine move and a great strike.

Whyte started it by closing a player down just inside the Burton half - never overlook the work rate these players put in. Baldock and Taylor moved it forward, Brannagan and Williams were initially blocked down the left but the ball fell nicely into the path of Whyte and he drove the ball home from 25 yards for (unbelievably) his first of the season.

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The third wasn’t long after and United had taken all the fizz out of the Brewers long before the first half had ended. The unstoppable McNally again drove menacingly forward, the Brewers drooped ahead of him and he rolled the ball to Sykes on the right. His low cross picked out Baldock and United were 3-0 up and extending their lead as top scorers in the division into the bargain.

Four in five games for Baldock, but he won’t catch Taylor as top scorer after he blasted home a magnificent back-post volley right on the break to make it 4-0 from a superb cross from Whyte on the left.

050222 Burton (6).jpgNo way back for Burton but then Adlene Guedioura gave them just the faintest glimmer of hope - think someone waving the torch on their iphone at the far end of the Channel Tunnel -  by firing a magnificent goal home from 25 yards to make it 4-1 and turn the entertainometer up a notch further!

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Burton made two changes at the break before Baldock (121 career goals) hobbled off on the advice of brother James the club doctor, to be replaced by Sam Winnall, on the hunt for his 100th. He came close twice, once his own fault, once the keeper's good work, but the hard work had been done in the first 45 minutes.

A fine win, four goals and United are in a strong position with just nine games to go.

See you at Shrewsbury next Saturday.

Att: 7,631
Away: 217
Fifty/50 winning number 24454 wins £989

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels and Rex Shutterstock

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