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PREVIEW Bristol Rovers v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's Emirates FA Cup Replay

16 November 2021

Oxford United head for Bristol Rovers tonight in an Emirates FA Cup First Round replay (7pm)

United boss Karl Robinson is likely to make changes, as he did for the first game where the sides drew at the Kassam Stadium.

Gavin Whyte is away with Northern Ireland where he started in their game against Italy last night while Sam Winnall and Alex Gorrin are unavailable through injury. Young midfielder Ben Davis is making good progress after an ankle injury while striker Slavi Spasov is due to return to the training pitches this week after an ankle injury that has ruled him out since pre-season.

With nine subs allowed on the bench in this competition one or two of United's Under 18s may step up, although they are also in FA Cup action this week when they travel to Reading City on Friday night in the FA Youth Cup.

See Karl Robinson and Billy Bodin previewing the game in iFollow right now.

"It will be a really good cup tie," Rovers boss Joey Barton said. "Robbo and I are good mates and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a good distraction. They are a really good possession-based side, so you have to accept there are times you won’t have the ball because of the rotations and the quality of players they’ve got. You have to have different strategies to face them.

"Speaking to our lads after the game at their place, our lads preferred it. They said it was a lot more like a League One game because we had the ball and we could play a bit and they had the ball and try to play a bit, rather than it’s getting banged at you and you’re going to have a scrap for it and the randomness of a League Two fixture.

"League Two, it has its idiosyncrasies, its challenges, and one of those is the structure breaks down a little bit because there is a lot of direct play. Oxford being a passing team means they keep a bit more structure, and that suits us because we, ultimately, want to get the ball down and play."

Tickets are available on the night, cash/card from the Away booth  by the Away turnstiles, where collections can also be made.

We have covered seating behind the goal and uncovered terrace to the side.

The winners will be at home to Sutton United on the weekend of 4th December.

Prices are reduced for this game as below:

• Adults - £15.00
• Under 21 and 65 and over - £7.00
• Under 16 - £1.00

• Adults - £10.00
• Under 21 and 65 and over - £5.00
• Under 16 - £1.00

The London Road Club are running coaches, departing the Kassam Stadium at 4.15pm prompt

The prices are:
Adult member £17
Adult non-member £19
Under-18 member £15
Under-18 non-member £17

Places are available from or 01865 337533

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

You can hear the whole game live in iFollow in the UK thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford Sport, with highlights to follow. Overseas fans can see the whole game live.

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

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REPORT Bristol Rovers 4 Oxford United 3

Extra time drama sees United go out of the FA Cup. Full time report

16 November 2021

Oxford United went out of the Emirates FA Cup in the most dramatic fashion tonight as three goals in the last ten minutes of extra time sent Bristol Rovers through in an astonishing game.

After a cagey first half, the game burst into life in the second with Sam Finley firing Rovers ahead only for Matty Taylor to inevitably level and send the game into extra time.

United then looked to have taken control with two goals in the first two minutes of the extra period, first from Billy Bodin and then a header from Steve Seddon to seemingly send them through to face Sutton United in the next round before a late goal from Sion Spence and a screamer from Aaron Collins levelled and Spence poked home a fourth to spark amazing scenes at the Memorial Stadium.

United surprised their hosts during the 90 minutes with a three centre-half formation that asked Anthony Forde and Ryan Williams to provide the width in a four-man midfield in front of them. It worked well and Rovers didn’t force Simon Eastwood into anything more than a couple of routine saves in the first half.


The U’s settled smoothly into their new shape and created the best two chances of the first 45 minutes, first through Mark Sykes after 19 minutes with a shot saved by James Belshaw after Dan Agyei had set him in on goal, and then when Agyei roared away from the defence on 23 but was caught by a chasing defender and had to check back and try and find Sykes once more rather than get his shot away.

At the other end, the calming presence of John Mousinho meant United were very solid, and the powerful Luke McNally was impressive, but there were few chances before the break and what we needed was a goal to turn a good game into a proper cup tie.

Two-and-a-half minutes into the second half we got it when Antony Evans ran from deep at the exposed back line. A simple pass to his right and Finley strode on to the ball and confidently drove it inside the left-hand post to give the Gas a 1-0 lead.

Enter their Nemesis. In the first game, a triple substitution saw United lose momentum. This time it had the opposite effect when Taylor picked up the ball and rolled it for the excellent Williams who drove past Harry Anderson and was tripped. There was little question of who would be taking the penalty and Taylor tucked it away with supreme confidence to delight his new fans and thoroughly annoy his former admirers.

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Now we had all the fun of the FA Cup. Eastwood parried two piledrivers, United went for the win and again employed a surprising shape: right-back Sam Long at left-back, left-back Steve Seddon as left wing, Ryan Williams in central midfield and a flexible formula that was 3-2-5 in defence and 3-0-7 when in possession.

Seddon thought he had won it but his goalbound shot hit a defender on the line, Rovers dropped deeper and deeper as James Henry sprayed the ball into spaces others hadn't known were available, and all we were missing was a dramatic late winner. Evans nodded the best chance wide for Rovers before a frantic second half headed for extra time.

The magnificent Mousinho had nothing left to give and was replaced by Elliott Moore, and within seconds of the restart United were ahead for the first time. Williams was again the provider with a wonderfully timed touch through for Bodin to run clear, sit the keeper down and calmly roll the ball home for his first Oxford goal.

Shall we say there was a different reaction from the home fans as the second of their old boys scored?

Seconds later and United were prematurely starting to look forward to facing Sutton. Taylor was the provider this time with a cross from the right which Seddon deftly headed home for his third goal of the season and a 3-1 lead that looked to have won the game.

However, Rovers were far from finished.

Eastwood made an excellent save from Jones, his effort matched by his opposite number with a flying save to deny the non-stop Williams, but even Eastwood had no answer when the unmarked Spence made it 2-3 with ten minutes left and set up a superb ending.

United did all they could to kill the game off, but when Collins drilled home the equaliser the whole ground was on the edge of their seats before Spence poked in to an empty net after a deep cross was recycled at the back post, and United were done for.

A terrific cup tie - the best competition in the world - and good luck to Rovers in the next round.

United will lick their wounds, regroup and go again.

See you at Wigan on Saturday.

Att: 4,918
Away: 684

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

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