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PREVIEW Oxford United v Morecambe

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

19 August 2022

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


The U's are still waiting on the results of a scan after Marcus Browne took a kick to the knee in Tuesday's game against Lincoln. A full report is expected over the weekend but the winger joins Yanic Wildschut, Josh Murphy and Sam Baldock on the injured list.

"We have lost four very dangerous forward players" Karl Robinson told us "but part of our culture as a club is to find a way to overcome problems and keep moving forward. We have a good squad and we will look at what our options are."

Jodi Jones, Tyler Goodrham and Kyle Joseph are among the options available while young striker Gatlin O'Donkor is back in training after an ankle injury.

See Karl and Lewis Bate previewing the game in iFollow.


Morecambe have picked up two draws and two defeats in their opening four League One matches.

“We’ve done well in all four games so far” Manager Derek Adams said. “League One is definitely stronger than it was last season but our main objective is to stay in the division. We don’t look at the table until the 46th game of the season and what we’ve got to remember is the league campaign last season went to the 46th game.

“Oxford are always pushing at the top end of League One and have always got a good catchment area to get players in,” Adams said.“They are a team that wants to try and get into those play-off positions and they have one of the best players in the league in Cameron Brannagan, who they have been able to keep rather than lose to Blackpool in the Championship.”

Morecambe are without Max Melbourne, who will be out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury while top scorer Cole Stockton has handed in a  request after being out with illness for the last few games.


Tickets are available in advance from and by calling 01865 337533. Tickets will also be available on the day.
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 NOT be in place so pedestrians can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand

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.


The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games. Click HERE for timetables and details.


Click HERE for a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium.


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


You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK and see it if you are overseas, with interviews with all the key men after the game. CLICK HERE for a guide to which games will be streamed this season.
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 1 Morecambe 1

Joseph goal gives United a point. Full time report

20 August 2022

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Kyle Joseph's first goal for the club saw Oxford United hit back to claim their first draw of the season as the on-loan Swansea forward's strike cancelled out a Jensen Weir opener at the Kassam Stadium.

United dominated long periods of the game but in the end were thankful for Joseph's close-range goal as Morecambe otherwise kept them at bay.

Patience was the key as Morecambe conceded ground and possession right from the start. It was a dangerous game to play - James Henry flashed an early drive just wide and Joseph was full of running on his full debut - but it was the visitors’ Liam Gibson who had the best chance to break the deadlock before the break when he blasted over the bar on 16 minutes after a good break from Derek Adams’ side.

Cameron Brannagan ran clear on 24 after good work from Joseph but was unable to beat former United loanee Connor Ripley, Matty Taylor had two efforts blocked, but Morecambe had defended stoutly and the U’s hadn’t found a way to turn perspiration into inspiration.

What we needed was a goal to open the game up. The Shrimps brought on highly rated Cole Stockton at the break and were ahead inside two minutes, scoring from their only shot on target all afternoon. A ball across from the Morecambe left found United overrun on their left-hand flack. Sub Dyan Connolly flicked the ball into space and Weir walloped it into the net via the fingertips of the exposed Eastwood.

One goal down with a half to play, rather than two as has been the case, United raised their game immediately and ensured it was a setback rather than a disaster.

Bodin and Taylor went close from long range and Henry saw an effort from the edge of the box deflected wide for a corner. A goal was coming and it was from that corner that United drew level. Taylor headed the ball back from the far post, Sam Long made a nuisance of himself in front of the keeper and Joseph hooked the ball home from close range for his first goal for the U’s.


The on-loan Swansea man might have had a second soon after but headed into the hands of Ripley as United turned first-half domination into, well, something even more dominant with 65 per cent of the ball, 26 shots at goal and Morecambe dropping deeper and deeper. Taylor and Brannagan had further efforts, Ripley repelled a 30-yard effort from Brannagan with 15 minutes to go and play was almost exclusively in the Morecambe half for the last half hour.

Sadly, yet again, United were hit by a late injury when the magnificent McGuane took the ball down in the centre circle but fell to ground immediately, in some discomfort. He hobbled off and hopefully the injury isn't too serious, but barely a game goes past without some new injury misfortune at the moment.

Sub Slavi Spasov had an injury-time chance to win it but was denied by a heroic challenge inside the six yard box to prevent any late drama this time, but United had played well, especially with half a team missing through injury before they even started.

The season moves on to Carabao Cup action against Crystal Palace on Tuesday. See you there.

Att: 6,813
Away: 130
Fifty/50 winning number 35590 wins £850

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

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