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05 October 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Stevenage

A full guide to tonight's Papa John's Trophy game at the Kassam Stadium

5 October 2021

Oxford United welcome Stevenage to the Kassam Stadium this evening in the Papa John's Trophy (7.45pm)

​​TEAM NEWS
The U's lost their opening game at Cambridge and need a win tonight as they look to progress through a group that also contains Spurs U21

"Winning the first game is a massive help but we have two games left and if we can win them both then we will be fine" Karl Robinson told us. "It won't be easy. I managed Alex Revell the Stevenage Manager when he was a player and he is a great student of the game who I am sure will do really well in management.

"We are without Gavin Whyte and Marcus McGuane and Luke McNally is suspended but we will go strong because we want to go through and see how far we can go."

Alex Gorrin is also unavailable while Herbie Kane picked up a knock in the win at Sheffield Wednesday and will not feature.

Youngsters Josh Johnson and Gatlin O'Donkor are added to the squad while midfielder Ben Davis could be involved for the first time after joining from Fulham.

See Karl previewing the game in iFollow.

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THE OPPOSITION
Stevenage, like the U’s, lost their first game in the group, 4-3 to Spurs U21 but picked up their first win in eight games at the weekend to lift them to 17th in League 2

"I’m delighted with the clean sheet after last week, delighted with the character everyone showed in a game played in conditions you love as a footballer,” boss Revell said “The most important thing for me was the amount of situations we found ourselves in terms of getting through on goal and the chances created, we could have been out of sight to be honest. The clean sheet, fantastic spirit and character gives us something to build on.”


TICKETS

Only selected areas of the stadium will we be open tonight but tickets are available on the night priced:

Adults - £10
Concessions - £5
Under 7’s - £1

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.
 
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 see the whole game in iFollow with extended highlights or the full 90 minutes 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 Stevenage 2

U's beaten in Papa John's Trophy. Full time report

5 October 2021

Oxford United let a win slip through their fingers as Stevenage came from behind to win 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium this evening.

Leading through a Dan Agyei header early in the game United didn't capitalise on that and allowed their visitors back in to the game when Jamie Reid scored with 20 minutes left before Luke Norris hammered home a last minute winner to make progress from the group unlikely for the U's.

It took just ten minutes for United to score a terrific team goal that started with Joel Cooper bringing the ball forward for Cameron Brannagan who drove at the backtracking Stevenage defence.

His pass to the left wing was weighted and timed perfectly for the advancing Sykes and his cross was powered home from six yards out by the powerful Agyei.

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Stevenage, 17th in the League 2 table and like United beaten in their first game, came forward and tested Simon Eastwood with a couple of pot shots from the edge of the area that were easily dealt with but were lucky when Jordan Thorniley powered a James Henry corner against the bar on 17 minutes and thankful to keeper Joe Anang when he fell at the feet of Ryan Williams five minutes later after the winger had stolen the ball from a dawdling defender.

The first half hour was all United until they eased up a little and let the visitors back into the game before the break.

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Eastwood needed to make a good save from Reid after half an hour and another from Elliot Osborne soon after and United knew they needed a second goal - Brannagan pinging two efforts just off target from the edge of the box before Henry forced Anang to tip a well-struck effort over the bar after 70 minutes.

They just couldn't quite find a way through a disciplined Stevenage back line for a second time with sub Nathan Holland also denied by Ananag and in the end they were punished for not taking their chances when Reid strode forward and drilled a low skimmer of a shot past the helpless Eastwood to level after 75 minutes.

It's a competition which often sees debuts and tonight it was Ben Davis making his first appearance after joining from Fulham, almost marking his debut with a goal when the advancing Brannagan, the best player on the park, cut the ball back for him inside the area soon after.

With one eye on penalties Norris instead settled the game in the very last minute when he advanced on the right of the area and fired a powerful shot across Eastwood and into the far corner to win it for Alex Revell's side.

Mathematically United could still go through when they play Spurs U21 in their final game, although they would have to score a lot against the Spurs youngsters and rely on already qualified Cambridge beating Stevenage.

Att:1,712
Away:42

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Edmunds stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Papa John’s Trophy Tickets On Sale Today

Important information for Season Ticket holders

24 September 2021

Tickets for Oxford United’s Papa John’s Trophy clash with Stevenage (5th October, 7:45pm) will go on sale from 5pm today, Friday 24th September, with special promotions available whether you are a Season Ticket holder or not.

Read on for full details, and secure your seats in one of the following ways:

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

Complimentary tickets for Season Ticket holders
As part of the club’s pledge in the summer, U’s fans who bought a 2021/22 Season Ticket will be able to claim a complimentary ticket for the club’s first two home cup games at the expense of the club’s shareholders.

To claim your ticket for the game, you will need to make the following actions before the deadline of 5pm on Thursday 30th September:

Head to OUFCTickets.co.uk and login to the Yellows Account associated with your Season Ticket.

Once logged in, all Season Tickets holders will be able to purchase a zero-value ticket for themselves and all other Season Ticket holders who are in their family and friends network.

Only selected areas of the stadium will we be open, so the club cannot guarantee you will be able to sit in your usual Season Ticket seat.

All supporters will be issued with a physical or E-Ticket to gain access to the stadium – Season Ticket cards will not allow you access.

Papa John’s 2-4-1 Trophy Tickets
As title sponsor of this season’s EFL Trophy, Papa John’s are offering U’s fans the opportunity to purchase 2-4-1 tickets for the club’s upcoming clash with The Boro.

The promotion is available to the first 60 supporters who purchase match tickets, and you can do so by calling 01865 337533 or by visiting the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office in person. This offer will not be available online.

Standard Match Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults - £10
Concessions - £5
Under 7’s - £1

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