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16 October 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle

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

15 October 2021

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Oxford United welcome league leaders Plymouth Argyle to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

TEAM NEWS
The U's have a clean bill of health other than Joel Coper who has been struggling with a chest injury.

The Northern Irishman is expected to train today and that would leave the U's with a full squad to choose from. Gavin Whyte and Marcus McGuane are fully fit after covid self-isolation, Sam Winnall and Billy Bodin return after non-covid illness and Jamie Hanson is available for the first time this season after a successful operation on a dislocated shoulder.

See Karl, Gavin Whyte and Simon Eastwood all previewing the game in iFollow.

THE OPPOSITION
A win over Burton moved Plymouth to the top of the table and the Pilgims are unbeaten since the opening day of the season

“It feels good, whether it’s for a short time or a long time – a month, a week, two weeks, whatever it is" Manager Ryan Lowe said.

“We are up there for a reason because we deserve to be there. We are winning games of football and it means a lot to the club. But we can’t get too carried away. Yeah, we are top of the league for the time being. We have just got to keep working hard, keep doing the right things.

“There are teams with games to catch up on, and that’s fine. All we can do is worry about ourselves. If we are there for a week, two weeks, a month, three months it doesn’t really matter. It’s where you are at the end of the season. So we will enjoy this moment and just keep working hard and moving on.”

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

 
KIT OUT THE NATION
Kit Out The Nation was launched after data from Sport England revealed 100,000 fewer children met the recommend level of physical activity in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Fans can drop off unsued kit and eqipment at the Produce Warriors drop off point outside the South Stand on Saturday: boots and trainers will be provided to Oxfordshire-based refugees and asylum seekers who participate in the Refugee Football Project run in partnership with Asylum Welcome and Refugee Resource.

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.
 
ACCESS
There will be no movement from one end of the ground to the other for fans behind the North Stand on Saturday
 
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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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 1 Plymouth Argyle 3

U's lose to the leaders. Full time report

16 October 2021

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Oxford United were beaten at home in the league for the first time this season as  leaders Plymouth Argyle came from behind to make it 12 games unbeaten.

The visitors, undefeated since the opening day, will rarely have been pushed as hard as they were by a gallant effort from the U's who led early through Matty Taylor before goals from Jordon Garrick and two from Panutche Camara decided a pulsating encounter between two very good sides.

It was a familiar combination that carved out the opener, raising hopes of a memorable win. Over the last couple of seasons James Henry has created countless chances for Taylor and five minutes into the game was at it again with a perfect pass beyond the static Argyle backline. Taylor gathered, turned and clipped the ball calmly over the stranded Mike Cooper for a clever finish and an important strike that opened the game up perfectly.

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United had momentarily quietened the Green Army but you don’t get to the top of the table without quality and six minutes later the visitors were level as Garrick danced down the left, cut inside Jordan Thorniley and bent an excellent finish across the diving Stevens to plant the ball into the bottom right corner of the net and make it 1-1.

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It was a terrific game, with both teams playing attacking football: United in a 4-2-3-1 formation that allowed Gavin Whyte more freedom from the middle of a three behind Taylor, but Plymouth playing expansive football that allowed Camara the space to smash a shot against the post after 25 minutes before he put the leaders ahead on 39 with another good goal. Garrick played a terrific dummy and Camara snapped a flash finish past the over-exposed Stevens to put the visitors in the lead at half time.

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United had matched their opponents in most areas but Plymouth had showed in that half what a good team they are. After the break United did so too as they created chance after chance.

Nathan Holland wriggled through but couldn't pick out a colleague with the cross, Steve Seddon got forward but was unable to guide his back-post header on target and Henry dragged a 20 yard effort wide on 51 as the U's came back strongly.

Henry was again off target after neat approach play from Whyte on the hour, and Whyte then missed the other post by a similar distance two minutes later. Henry blazed yet another chance wide when played through on goal, Whyte dallied and saw a chance blocked and the U's had taken the game to the visitors without capitalising on clear chances and the bulk of possession.

That was costly. Plymouth had ridden their luck but started to create chances again. Camara is far from shot shy and cannoned another powerful effort at goal on 71 that Stevens managed to get a nick on and push away for a corner to keep his side in the contest.

With five minutes left it was game over though with a similar sort of goal to finally clinch the points. Garrick stepped over the ball once more, Camara was unmarked and Stevens had no chance as the ball flew in to the roof of the net to decide the game once and for all.

A long way to go, but Plymouth had shown why they are top. United had done enough to get something out of the game and remain one point from the play-offs, but if they are to close the eight-point gap to the Pilgrims that now exists they will need to be more clinical in both boxes.

Att: 8,877
Away: 1,784

Fifty/50 winning number 5410 wins £875

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

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