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PREVIEW Oxford United v Ipswich Town

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

18 March 2022

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Oxford United welcome Ipswich Town to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back James Henry, Jack Stevens, Sam Long and Ciaron Brown after injury and illness but are still without Elliott Moore, Marcus Browne and Sam Baldock as well as long term absentees Jamie Hanson and Alex Gorrin.

Gorrin and hanson made first appearances on the grass pitches at the Bangkok Glass Training Centre this week but neither will appear in the remaining league games.

Boss Karl Robinson must decide whether to make changes to a winning side after their 2-1 win at Shrewsbury last weekend, a win that keeps United in fourth place in the table.

Meanwhile young striker Slavi Spasov will continue his return to fitness with a loan at North Leigh.

See Karl, Simon Eastwood and Ryan Williams previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION

Ipswich Boss Kieran McKenna has seen his side go unbeaten in the last nine games with eight clean sheets in the process.

"Oxford are a good team with some really strong individual players," the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich. It's not a surprise that they're up there this season or that they have scored a lot of goals. We certainly respect them and we will go there expecting to face a brave team that likes to attack.

"Their home record is good and we will be wary of their threats, but beyond that will be the same in that we will focus on ourselves and try to make it the type of game we want it to be. We will look to impose our style on the game, and if we do that and put in a strong performance, we have a good chance of getting the result we want."

TICKETS
With another big crowd expected we advise fans to book as early as possible. Tickets are available in advance from oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533 and from the Ticket Office on matchday.
 
PARKING AND ACCESS
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 be in place so fans cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand

We are advised that the A34 is going to be closed southbound this weekend between Peartree interchange and Hinksey Hill interchange which is expected to cause major disruption. Please leave extra time for your journey.

VISITING FANS
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.

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
 
Unfortunately due to staff illness the Sensory Room will not be open for this game
 
FIFTY/50
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.
 
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 Oxford United 1 Ipswich Town 1

McNally last-minute header gives United a point. Full time report

19 March 2022

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A Luke McNally headed goal was enough to give Oxford United  an important 1-1 draw with Ipswich at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon.

Bersant Celina's goal half way through the second half looked to have decided a close game between two in-form sides before McNally smashed home a dramatic last-minute equaliser to give United a superb point.

There was never going to be much in it, with just one goal in the previous 450 minutes played between the teams since Ipswich dropped into League 1, especially with the visitors having kept eight clean sheets in their last nine games.

And yet when Gavin Whyte forced two saves out of keeper Christian Walton in the first ten minutes, United looked the more likely team to make the breakthrough in the first half.

Ipswich withstood that early pressure though and United’s backline, with Sam Long and Ciaron Brown returning and Simon Eastwood retained, started to be stretched by a lively looking Ipswich front line, where the outstanding Wes Burns was a constant threat on the right, although Eastwood remained untested throughout a first half where two good sides cancelled each other out.

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That’s not to say it was a poor game, there were too many good players on the pitch for that, just that the defences were well drilled, the midfields matched each other for workrate and the forwards couldn’t quite find the space they needed.

Ipswich, eight points behind with eight to play at the start of the day, then began to commit more men forward as the attritional minutes ticked past and slowly began to create the clearer chances.

Joe Pigott got his feet in a tangle soon after the break, Burns fired into the waiting gloves of Eastwood on 65, Dominic Thompson saw an effort thumped away as United came under pressure, and with 20 minutes to go that pressure paid off when Burns again scampered free and, with two men to choose from, gave the ball to Celina who drove the ball home, giving Eastwood no chance from eight yards out.

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Now the emphasis switched to United having to chase the game for the final quarter but they found Ipswich in very mean mood and just couldn't build up their usual head of steam until the very last minute. Kane's corner, McNally's thumping header and United had their point.

A result that keeps both sides in the chase, just, but United will be the happier.

With no game next weekend, United can regroup and start a 'mini-season' for the last seven games. They do so from a play-off position in the table and after seeing their best crowd of the season: the fifth crowd of over 10,000 in six home games.

Not a bad place to start from...

Att: 11,029

Away: 1,787

Fifty/50 winning number 27642 wins £1,125

Report by Chris Williams. Pictures Steve Daniels and Steve Edmunds. Stats by OPTA

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