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23 November 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Fleetwood Town

Full preview of tonight's big game at the Kassam Stadium

23 November 2021

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Oxford United take on Fleetwood Town at the Kassam Stadium this evening (7.45pm)

The U's hope to be able to announce an Emergency Loan goalkeeper in time for the game to provide cover for Simon Eastwood, who misses tonight’s game and the game at home to Rotherham United on Saturday while he self-isolates, and for Jack Stevens who is still recovering from a non-covid related illness.

With Kie Plumley also unavailable for the next two games under covid protocols Youth Team keeper Eddie Brearey steps up and will be on the bench tonight.

The U's have 13 players unavailable tonight through either covid or injuries but the game goes ahead and boss Karl Robinson is calling on fans to get behind the players in difficult circumstances.

"We are up against it, everyone knows that, but players will give it everything they have got and I think fans always see it when that happens. I hope everyone coming tonight gets right behind the team and if we all stick together we can hopefully keep our good run going."

See Karl and Gavin Whyte previewing the game in iFollow.

Fleetwood boss Simon Grayson is hoping his side can start a run of four away games with a win tonight but admits his side are in a tough place after defeat to Morecambe left them in 22nd place in the table.

“When you are going through a tough time, you have to make sure you don’t bury your heads in the sand” he said. “You have to roll your sleeves up, pump your chest out and go again. I’ve been involved in football nearly 35 years and all the way through, there has been ups and downs, but I’ve always made sure that I can bounce back up – that’s what we are telling the players.

“We’ve got to be positive; we need to go there and do the right business, play the way that we can, and manage to turn the negative result against Morecambe into a positive one.

“There will be a few players with knocks from the game today, Harrison [Holgate] has just come back from injury so we will have to be careful with him. The team on Tuesday night will be assessed on who is available because we are really down to the bare bones.”

Tickets are available from where you can print at home or download to your phone or you can call 01865 337533
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.
We are pleased to say that the OX2 Didcot/Abingdon Football Special bus service is running for the first time for an evening game tonight, offering easy and affordable transport to and from the game.
The OX3 and OX7 services are running as normal. CLICK HERE for a full guide to public transport to the game.
Click here for a full away fan guide:2021 away guide.pdf
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
You can SEE the whole game in iFollow in the UK and 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 3 Fleetwood Town 1

Battling U's sink Cod Army. Full time report

23 November 2021

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Battling Oxford United overcame huge adversity to pick up three valuable points against Fleetwood Town this evening.

Not only did United win despite having 13 players ruled out, they also beat their bogey side for just the second time in 14 meetings, not to mention having to bring in an emergency keeper just hours before kick-off.

Two early goals did the heavy lifting for Karl Robinson's side as Luke McNally and Cameron Brannagan gave them a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes. Fleetwood flickered briefly when Jay Matete made it 2-1 before the break but an excellent finish from Nathan Holland made it 3-1 and eased any late nerves as United's terrific home form continues.

A team based on availability but not short on ability, United made the perfect start when centre-half McNally nodded them in front inside four minutes. A well-flighted corner from the excellent Herbie Kane, running the show, was met by the defender six yards out and his header drifted past keeper Alex Cairns for a terrific first goal for the club.

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New arrival Connal Trueman in goal hadn’t touched the ball by then and had certainly not been tested by the time United were 2-0 up eight minutes later. This time it was captain James Henry with the assist from the right and former Fleetwood man Brannagan creating a yard of space and drilling the ball past the helpless Cairns to double the lead.

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United were full of energy, with Holland having the beating of his man down the left and Henry, Brannagan and Kane controlling the centre of the pitch, but they failed to turn that dominance into more goals; Bodin delayed one effort for a fraction too long and too many crosses just missed their man inside the box.

Fleetwood, without a win in seven games and starting a run of four away matches in a row, were not helped when Joe Garner was forced off after 19 minutes with what looked like a dislocated shoulder, but they kept fighting and Matete got them back into the game just before the break when he picked up on a slightly short pass, drove at the defence from the left wing and poked the ball beyond Trueman to make it 2-1 and game on again at half time.

In truth, United had just let that early burst fade away but they picked up speed again after the break and one or two players started to find their feet; Jamie Hanson got forward well from right-back, Bodin linked things nicely up front, and Whyte was a constant nuisance in a central role, although he should have settled things when he ran clear after 58 minutes but scuffed his shot with only the keeper to beat.

Seddon galloped into the area but planted a shot into the stand, but the danger was coming down that flank and in the end it told when Holland once again raced past two static defenders and fired across Cairns for an expertly taken goal that just about settled things.

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Marcus McGuane came on and made an impact despite firing one chance just wide, Holland clipped another one just over and Morton missed a sitter at the other end with a minute left.

No matter.

An excellent win and good game of football in difficult circumstances with the crowd right on their side. Now United have to do it again; there will be similar absences when they welcome Rotherham on Saturday. Come along and lend a hand from the stands...

Fifty/50 winning number 9960 wins £423

Att: 5,708
Away: 59

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

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