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PREVIEW Shrewsbury Town v Oxford United

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

11 March 2022

Oxford United head for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1 (3pm)

TEAM NEWS
United will be without skipper Elliott Moore and forwards Sam Baldock and Marcus Browne through injury. Moore is making good progress after an ankle injury but Baldock (knee) and Browne (hamstring) will be missing for the next few weeks.

In Moore's absence Karl Robinson has switched to a three-man back line featuring Sam Long, Luke McNally and Ciaron Brown, while Baldock's injury opens the door for Sam Winnall or Billy Bodin, who returns to the squad after injury. The U's will keep an eye on James Henry in training today before deciding whether he also returns to the squad.

See Matty Taylor and Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION
17th-placed Shrewsbury are a hard side to break down with only the top two, Rotherham and Wigan, having conceded fewer goals. Josh Vela has missed three games through suspension but is available again while Shaun Whalley, injured since November, could be involved.

Manager Steve Cotterill believes his side are due a little bit of luck.

“I think we’re better statistically than where our league position sees us at this moment in time, the stats tell me that, but we’ve got to try to get there. We need to keep doing the same that has made us not only difficult to beat but a good team. I reckon somewhere along the line we’re due a little rub of the green, I genuinely don’t think we’ve had that this season in any shape or form".

The last four meetings between the clubs in Shrewsbury have finished 3-2 with the U’s winning by that scoreline for the last three seasons in a row.

TICKETS
Tickets are on sale online from oufctickets.co.uk  in person and by phone (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday.

Away supporters will also be able to pay on the day CASH ONLY at the D M Recruitment Stand with no price increase.

Prices
Adult £20.00
Over 65 £15.00
Disabled £15.00
Student (NUS Card) £15.00
Young Adult (19-23) £15.00
12-18 Years £8.00
Under 12 FREE
Carer FREE

Disabled supporters will be charged £15.00 with a free carer if required.

We have 6 disabled car parking spaces. Please either email ticketoffice@oufc.co.uk or call 01865 337533. These will be available on a first come first served basis.

London Road Travel Club
Coaches will depart the Stadium at 10:30am and Kidlington Sainsbury's at 10:45am

Prices
Adult Member £21.00
Under 18 member £19.00
Adult non member £23.00
Under 18 non member £21.00

Coach Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk and 01865 337533

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

HEAR IT LIVE
You can hear the whole game live in iFollow with commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford Sport plus highlights to follow, and see it if you are overseas.

However, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent humanitarian crisis that is unfolding in the region, the EFL has moved to suspend the broadcast feeds of their competitions in the Russian Federation. Access to iFollow has been withdrawn in the territory.

We have coverage on Twitter, Instagram and a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT Shrewsbury Town 1 Oxford United 2

U's move a step closer with a win at Shrewsbury. Full time report

12 March 2022

Oxford United's promotion drive continues to gather pace as goals from Matty Taylor and Cameron Brannagan earned them all three points at Shrewsbury this afternoon.

An early strike from Taylor was cancelled out by a Ryan Bowman goal on the hour, but Brannagan made no mistake from the spot with eight minutes left to move United onto 66 points and one step closer to the play-offs, with just eight games to go.

Two seasons ago this fixture was a dramatic last game before Covid interrupted the season. Today, any thoughts that the pandemic has gone away were dispelled when the team sheets were handed in: United were without Jack Stevens, Sam Long and Ciaron Brown through illness, meaning three changes to the back line. In came John Mousinho, skipper for his first league game since December 2020, Simon Eastwood in goal and Steve Seddon as a stand-in centre-half.

Those sort of disruptions, plus an injury to Sam Baldock after four goals in his first five games, would worry some teams but in United’s case it seems to inspire them.

There were two important blocks from Mousinho and Seddon first, one with the chest and the other with a sneaky forearm, but then on 11 minutes United were ahead from Taylor’s 21st goal of the season.

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It was a superb through ball from Herbie Kane that started it off, allowing Gavin Whyte to gallop into space and force keeper Marko Marosi into a good save. Except that the ball bounced up to Taylor who volleyed into the empty net to give the U’s the lead.

Kane ran the show in an impressive first half hour, but the Shrews came back at them and were dangerous from set pieces all afternoon. It took a wonderful save from Eastwood to keep an Ethan Ebanks-Landell header out after 23 minutes.

United were solid other than that chance, though, with Luke McNally colossal at both ends of the pitch. And the middle bit. His battle with Daniel Udoh was a highlight as the division’s top scorers and one with a defensive record only second to the top two cancelled each other out.

The second half saw an early chance for Ryan Williams, racing in at the back post but half a yard away from being able to convert a half volley, but United didn't create their usual host of chances and the stubborn Shrews levelled on the hour with the first chance of the half.

Elliott Bennett created the goal when he surged down the right flank and whipped a low cross into the six yard box. Bowman met it with a right-footed effort and the scores were level at 1-1.

United just needed to steady the ship as Salop forced them back and put the ball into the box from a string of corners and crosses.

They did that expertly and then found a way to win the tightest of games.

Billy Bodin made a welcome return from injury and almost slipped the hard-working Brannagan in on goal, only for Matthew Pennington to slide in at the last moment, but with eight minutes left United won the game from the spot.

Williams never stops running and somehow had the energy to race the length of the pitch and take on Bennett who stuck out a leg and sent the Australian wing-back to ground. Ref Andy Davies pointed to the spot and Brannagan did the rest with his 13th of the season.

You wouldn't want to leave this fixture early would you?

Three points despite adversity and based on sheer determination. 1,200 away fans celebrating with the jubilant players and a job very successfully completed.

A big week ahead off the pitch, with stadium news anticipated, then another big weekend when the U's welcome Ipswich Town on Saturday.

See you there.

Att: 7,302
Away: 1,231

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Darrell Fisher, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Shrewsbury Away Tickets

Ticket details for our game at Shrewsbury on Saturday

7 March 2022

Ticket details for our away game at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday are as follows

Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 12th March 2022 3pm
Sky Bet League 1

Tickets are on sale online from oufctickets.co.uk , in person and by phone (01865 337533)

The last day for postage will be Tuesday 8th March.

Tickets will be on sale until 3pm on Friday 11th March.

Away supporters will also be able to pay on the day CASH ONLY at the D M Recruitment Stand with no price increase.

Prices
Adult £20.00
Over 65 £15.00
Disabled £15.00
Student (NUS Card) £15.00
Young Adult (19-23) £15.00
12-18 Years £8.00
Under 12 FREE
Carer FREE

Disabled supporters will be charged £15.00 with a free carer if required.

We have 6 disabled car parking spaces. Please either email ticketoffice@oufc.co.uk or call them on 01865 337533 and give them your registration details. These will be available on a first come first served basis.

London Road Travel Club
Coaches will depart the Stadium at 10:30am and Kidlington Sainsbury's at 10:45am

Prices
Adult Member £21.00
Under 18 member £19.00
Adult non member £23.00
Under 18 non member £21.00

Coach Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk and 01865 337533

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and no alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

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