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PREVIEW Oxford United v Morecambe

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

29 October 2021

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A bumper crowd will be there to cheer on the U's tomorrow with tickets reduced to just £10 to see Karl Robinson's side take on Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium.

TEAM NEWS
The U's have Karl Robinson back at the helm after covid and will be looking to make it four wins in a row after a Papa John's Trophy win over Spurs added to victories over Shrewsbury and Burton in the league.

Sam Winnall (calf) is the one injury doubt with Ryan Williams recovered after illness.

It's a landmark game for James Henry who makes his 200th appearance for the U's

See James, Karl and Billy Bodin all previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION
A 1-1 draw against leaders Plymouth Argyle last weekend ended Morecambe’s four-game losing run but boss Stephen Robinson expects a tough game against a side managed by his namesake

“They don’t get any easier,” he said “Oxford are a team that I have a lot of time for. I know Karl well and he’s got a good squad of players. I’ve worked with some of those players and know people like Gavin Whyte and Mark Sykes.

“They have real talent in their squad and they play a really good brand of football. They are in a good position in the table but, as we showed against Plymouth, we can be a match for those sides.”

TICKETS
Earlier this month the U’s launched a brand new and innovative partnership with Mola, which saw the multi-platform service become the club’s first Family and Community partner – full details can be found by clicking here

In partnership with Mola, ticket prices across the North, East and South Lower areas of the stadium will be priced as follows for Saturday's game:

  • Adults - £10
  • All Concessions - £5

You can secure your tickets in one of the following ways:

  • Online at OUFCTickets.co.uk
  • By calling 01865 337533
  • By visiting the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office in person

 
PARKING
There are circa 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.
 
GETTING HERE
The Football Special buses are running as usual for this game and provide a cheap and easy way of getting to and from the games. CLICK HERE for a full list of public transport
 
ISOLATION AND SENSORY ROOMS
Although we can't open Olly's Den or the Family Room at the moment we do have two rooms available which fans should be aware of.

We have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Andy Taylor for more details: ataylor@oufc.co.uk.

We also have an 'Isolation Room' available: if you start feeling unwell or show any covid symptoms after you arrive at the ground please tell the nearest steward who will help you to the isolation area where we can get you tested and take appropriate action
 
COVERAGE
You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK (see it if overseas), with extended highlights or the full 90 minutes to see available later
 
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 Morecambe 1

U's winning run continues. Full time report

30 October 2021

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Headers from Steve Seddon and Mark Sykes and a trademark finish from Matty Taylor made it three league wins in a row as Oxford United beat Morecambe 3-1 at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon to confirm their place in the play-off positions.

Seddon's second of the season was cancelled out early in the second half by a superb goal from top scorer Cole Stockton for the Shrimps, but Sykes bravely guided home a winner under pressure from the keeper and Taylor clipped home a late third to give Karl Robinson all three points on his return to the dugout.

Illness to Cameron Brannagan meant a slight change to the side that won at Burton a week earlier, Alex Gorrin sitting in front of the back four and Herbie Kane in a more advanced role, but there was no change of intent as United worked the ball neatly into good areas and looked to unlock a well-drilled Shrimps side that set their lines out early and invited the U’s to break them down.

When they did spring forward, the visitors were mobile and bright and Callum Jones should have done better with the game’s first true chance than to blaze over when he had Simon Eastwood’s goal in his sights after 12 minutes, triggering a much better spell from the visitors.

The key battle was on United’s left, where Jonah Ayunga and Steve Seddon enjoyed a fine tussle all afternoon, but on 29 minutes the roles were reversed and it was Seddon on the edge of the six-yard box to nod into an unguarded net after Taylor had flicked an Elliott Moore header back across goal to wrong-foot keeper Jokull Andresson.

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Now the game opened up, Nathan Holland lively on the left and Kane starting to dictate the play. Morecambe were still dangerous; Wes McDonald was lively on the left and Stockton, the division's top scorer, headed a decent chance straight at Eastwood just before the break, but Holland had gone close twice at the other end by then and United were good value for their half-time lead.

Their lead should have been gone though three minutes after the break as Morecambe, unwisely, managed the miss of the season when Ryan Delaney somehow put a Greg Leigh cross the wrong side of the post from around three yards out with an empty goal in front of him.

That should really have been costly because two minutes later Matty Taylor was thrown to the floor by Andresson, only for James Henry to miss the opportunity to mark his 200th appearance with a goal by planting the penalty high over the bar. If Delaney hadn't done what he did then it would have looked a terrible penalty!

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Instead the game was still there for both teams and after 64 minutes the Shrimps were level with an extraordinary goal from Stockton. Most players would have wanted a touch when Ryan Cooney crossed a low ball into the box from the right. Stockton had other ideas and smashed a magnificent volley past the startled Eastwood and into the roof of the net to make it 1-1 with his 13th goal of the season.

On came Gavin Whyte and Marcus McGuane and that attacking move paid off as United regained the lead just three minutes later.  Taylor was again the provider when he nodded another cross back at the back post and Sykes threw himself forward to meet the ball and steer it into the bottom right corner with his fourth goal of the season.

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Taylor had assisted two goals and played extremely well and on 87 he had the goal he deserved when Man of the Match Seddon returned the favour by flicking into his path for the striker to stroke home his fifth goal in seven games to end the contest.

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A terrific win and United are gathering momentum with each 90 minutes. A big crowd taking advantage of cut-price tickets, a win and a performance to entice them back, and another good afternoon's work.

United now take a break from the league to take on Bristol Rovers at home in the Emirates FA Cup next weekend. Can't wait.

Att: 8,766
Away: 228

Fifty/50 winning number 6859 wins £854

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

 

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Ticket News

Return to the Kassam with Mola

Oxford United team up with new partner to reunite the Kassam for Morecambe

14 October 2021

Oxford United are delighted to launch tickets for our home clash with Morecambe on Saturday 30th October 3pm, with reduced rate tickets available to fans courtesy of new club partner Mola.

Earlier this month the U’s launched a brand new and innovative partnership with Mola, which saw the multi-platform service become the club’s first Family and Community partner – full details can be found by clicking here

With the season in full swing and Karl Robinson’s side unbeaten at home, there is no better time to reunite families and the community at the Kassam by welcoming a bumper crowd to the showdown with the Shrimpers.

Ticket prices across the North, East and South Lower areas of the stadium will be priced as follows for the game:

  • Adults - £10
  • All Concessions - £5

You can secure your tickets in one of the following ways:

  • Online at OUFCTickets.co.uk
  • By calling 01865 337533
  • By visiting the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office in person

U’s boss Karl Robinson welcomed the initiative, saying

“We have been doing well at home and it’s no coincidence that it has come with the return of fans this season. That has been a huge boost for us and it’s great to be able to offer reduced price tickets. We want as many fans as possible to come along, get behind us and be part of the day.”

Mirwan Suwarso, Official Representative of Mola said

“We are delighted to be working alongside Oxford United in what is a fantastic opportunity to reunite the Yellow Army at the upcoming match with Morecambe. The ethos of the partnership is to help drive community engagement in the county of Oxfordshire, and what better way to do this than by bringing people together at a packed Kassam Stadium”

Don’t miss a kick of the action as we kick off the club’s exciting new partnership with Mola, and be there to cheer on your team as a member of the Yellow Army.

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