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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bolton Wanderers

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

14 April 2023

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Oxford United welcome Bolton Wanderers to the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday (3pm)

New boss Liam Manning remains unbeaten but will be hoping to turn four draws into an important win as the U's look to pull away from danger against play-off chasing Wanderers.

TEAM NEWS
The U's hope to have skipper Elliott Moore available again after he took a blow to the head on Good Friday against Sheffield Wednesday. The centre-half missed Monday's game at Port Vale and Liam Manning told us that the U's will take no health risks when deciding wheteher he returns to the side.

"There are protocols and measures in place after head injuries and we will follow those closely. We hope he is available but it's not just a case of a set number of days: he has to be 100% and we will wait and see if he can play."

Young defender Stephan Negru came into the side on Monday but is out for the rest of the season after suffering a facial injury towards the end of the game. James Golding stepped up into the squad on Monday and is again likely to be on the bench.

See the full interview with Liam plus the thoughts of Gatlin O'Donkor in the Preview Show in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Wanderers are currently in sixth place in the table but only ahead of Derby on goal difference

“I still think we are in the best position – it is in our own hands and we have that extra game, which is a home game” Manager Ian Evatt said. “I think we are a tough team to beat here. But it is tight and we need results.

“Obviously, there is pressure and in an ideal world – with everyone fit and available – I think we would all be pretty confident that we would get the job done. We are not in that position, everyone keeps telling me that Bolton Wanderers never do things easily.

“I always say that pressure is a privilege, and I’d much rather be in this position trying to fight for promotion than I would in the scenario facing Oxford, Burton, Accrington and the other teams. They have pressure too – but arguably it is worse than pressure for promotion.

“It is about focusing on ourselves and what looks like a good performance for us. As always, the first goal is important, and if we get it we can make things extremely difficult for the opposition.”

TICKETS
Tickets are available now from

  • oufctickets.co.uk
  • By calling 01865 337533
  • In person from the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office on matchday

CPR TRAINING
We are pleased to welcome the South Central Ambulance Charity to the game who will be providing CPR training to the Yellow Army ahead of kick-off.

Positioned outside the South Stand from 12pm, supporters of all ages are invited to visit the South Central Ambulance Charity who are looking forward to delivering CPR training to prepare supporters with the skills needed if someone has a cardiac arrest.

The charity will also be accompanied by their education ambulance and a DRV response vehicle for supporters to explore and 999 Ted, their big fluffy mascot, for our young U’s to have pictures with. There will also be an option to donate to support their critical services in Oxfordshire and beyond.


PARKING AND ACCESS
There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand will be in place so pedestrians cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand
 
VISITING FANS
Click here for a full away fan guide: away fan guide 2223.pdf
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 bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games and from now until the end of the season they are part of the government's £2 for a ticket scheme. Click HERE for timetables and details.
 
FAMILY
You can download a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium here: FamilyDayGuide for download.pdf

FIFTY/50
Our Polythene UK Fifty/50 tickets are available all around the ground and offer a great chance to win cash at half time.

COVERAGE
The game is available to hear in the UK and see worldwide in iFollow

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 Bolton Wanderers 1

U's beaten by Bolton. Full time report

15 April 2023

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Oxford United's search for a win goes on after an early Dion Charles goal kept Bolton's play-off hopes very much alive despite a spirited recovery from the U's.

United did all they could to find a first win in 15 games, but ultimately were unable to bounce back after going behind in just the seventh minute when Dan Nlundulu got round Stu Findlay and gave the ball to Kyle Dempsey. He fired goalwards and although Simon Eastwood pushed it away, Charles was in the perfect place to send the ball back into the unguarded net.

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That early setback seemed to rattle the nervous-looking U’s who gave possession away far too cheaply in the first 25 minutes and struggled to pass the ball to their own team, even when under no pressure from the hard-working visitors.

It didn’t lead to too many chances for the Trotters, but United needed a spark and that came on 39 minutes when the always-enthusiastic Kyle Joseph chased a through ball and was sent flying by wandering Wanderers keeper James Trafford. Ref Sebastian Stockbridge brandished only a yellow card and Brandon Fleming’s free kick was comfortably smothered by the relieved Trafford but it at last got the blood pumping all around the ground.

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The crowd found their voice and United ended the half well. Fleming caught a drive better in open play four minutes later but Trafford again gathered and a Brannagan free kick was nodded over the bar by a defender as the U’s began to apply pressure.

That continued after the break when a Ciaron Brown blast, so powerful it knocked his own headband off, was well saved by the increasingly under-pressure Trafford. Marcus Browne and the returning Elliott Moore thumped into challenges as Wanderers wilted, and Joseph should have levelled on 54 minutes when he missed a Sam Long cross in front of goal.

Fleming, hard-working on the left wing, was replaced by the powerful Gatlin O'Donkor for the last half hour and United were in total control. Browne and Joseph fizzed well-struck efforts wide, there were penalty appeals, close shaves and absolute commitment from every player.

In a game of 26 shots at goal, United had 22. Those same stats show they won 60 per cent of the challenges and won 75 per cent of their aerial challenges. But there is only one stat that matters and the one goal belonged to Bolton.

Five games to go and the spirit is very much there, but if you don't win for a third of a season, then the danger is always going to be grow. Time to stand up and be counted.

Starting agaiinst Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

Att: 9,506
Away: 1,344

Polythene UK Fifty/50 winning number 98894 wins £1,114.50

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels, Steve Edmunds, Darrell Fisher and Rex Shutterstock.

 

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