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27 November 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Rotherham United

U's take on the league leaders

26 November 2021

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Oxford United welcome Sky Bet League 1 leaders Rotherham United to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

The U's are still without seven players who are self-isolating after positive covid tests and who missed Tuesday night's win over Fleetwood Town.

Goalkeeper Connal Trueman signed on Emergency Loan from Birmingham City that afternoon and made his debut as cover for Simon Eastwood and Jack Stevens. Eastwood is due back to training next week while Stevens took part in a light first session back yesterday after a non-covid related illness.

Six players were missing through injury in midweek but former Rotherham winger Ryan Williams has a chance of being involved against his old club on Saturday.

See Karl and James Henry previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION

An excellent win at Ipswich means Paul Warne’s side are top of the table but the Manager, who has been in charge for five years now, knows his side need to keep their standards just as high when they visit the Kassam Stadium.

“We always recruit really honest people and they know how hard they have to train and how well they have to play to stay in the team” he told Rotherham’s iFollow. “If they don’t keep their standards up they know they will be out of the team because there are good players to come in. I wasn’t happy with some of the things against Ipswich despite winning so we can enjoy the win but by the time the bus gets home we have already watched the game and started started talking about Oxford.

“It was great on Tuesday night but if we want that feeling again on Saturday we have to perform at that level, at least, again.”


TICKETS
Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk where you can print at home or download to your phone or you can call 01865 337533
 
HALF SEASON TICKETS
A half season ticket means great savings on matchday prices and makes the ideal Christmas gift for any Oxford fans. You can buy them at the Ticket Office on Saturday: click HERE for all the details
 
PARKING
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.
 
VISITING FANS
Click here for a full away fan guide:2021 away guide.pdf
 
GETTING HERE
The Football Special bus services 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.
 
 
BLACK FRIDAY
There are some fantastic offers available in the Club Shop for Black Friday week. Head in to the store on Saturday to pick up a bargain.
 
FAMILY
Click here for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium: 2021 family guide.pdf
 
SPECIAL GUEST
We are delighted to have former boss Brian Horton as our guest on Saturday. Brian was part of a very special day for the club away at Tranmere in the early 90's and you can hear all about those days at the Manor from the man himself. Brian will be signing copies of his autobiography in the Club Shop from 11am
 
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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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 0 Rotherham United 0

Battling U's draw with the leaders. Full time report

27 November 2021

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Oxford United overcame the odds to pick up a more than useful point at home to leaders Rotherham United at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon, a 0-0 draw making it four points from two home games played in the most extraordinary of circumstances this week.

It may have been the two teams top of the form table, but with half a squad missing through Covid or injury, United were the underdogs against the leaders and they were pressed back for much of the first half before finding their feet and imposing their own game on the visitors after the break.

They did ride their luck at times though and were relieved on nine minutes when the highly rated Michael Smith planted a header against the post when unmarked six yards out, the first of two let-offs for the U’s before the break.

There were terrific tackles from McNally and Long, United’s central partnership, a couple of smart bits of handling from on-loan Connal Trueman and other than a top-spinning effort from the recalled Marcus McGuane, not too much to trouble keeper Viktor Johansson at the other end. United were stubborn and disciplined and Trueman didn’t truly have to make a save in the first 45 minutes, however one-sided they were.

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Mind you, that was more to do with the Millers missing the target again after half an hour, when Freddie Ladapo, even closer than Smith, thumped a header against the bar before it was expertly cleared for a corner by the back of a falling defender. Two bad misses, with a third from Smith on 40, heading right across goal having won the ball at the back post, and United still in the game.

United’s midfield of McGuane, Brannagan and Kane are all fine ball players but were spending more time firefighting than firing forward passes, terrific as they were. They started to drive the U's forward more after the break, although the pattern of the first half seemed to be repeating itself when Ben Wilis volleyed another golden chance over the fence with Trueman more worried about defending his car than his net.

Sometimes one incident fires a team up. This time a typically thunderous tackle from the always committed Jamie Hanson typified the fighting spirit and lifted the home crowd. A just-as-characteristic jink inside and shot at goal from Nathan Holland followed soon after and the game was much more even in the second half.

United were grinding down the Millers and for all the first half possession stats, it was United who had more shots on goal; the excellent Steve Seddon forced a good save on 72 minutes and the game went end to end in the closing stages, with Man of the Match McNally having to nod a late effort off the line to keep the deserved clean sheet.

Tough work on a freezing day, but a job well done and to emerge from the week unscathed is a fantastic effort from all concerned. Half the squad will now return for successive away trips to Sunderland, Doncaster and MK Dons. Things don't get any easier, but there are more people to share the load...

Att: 7,620
Away: 1,001

Fifty/50 winning number 10794

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

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