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25 February 2023 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

U's welcome The Pirates in Sky Bet League 1

24 February 2023

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Oxford United welcome Bristol Rovers to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday for a 12.30pm kick-off in Sky Bet League 1.

Tyler Goodrham is in contention after missing the game at Cambridge last Saturday as a precaution after a tight hamstring but former Rovers striker Billy Bodin is again ruled out.

However the reappearance of Marcus Browne at the Abbey Stadium plus Sam Baldock and James Henry for the last couple of games gives the U's valuable experience and attacking options.

See a full interview with Karl, Simon Eastwood and Ateef Konate in the Preview Show plus a chat with Kyle Joseph in iFollow right now.

Rovers will have centre-back Lewis Gibson and midfielder Sam Finley back from injury and suspension respectively.

Everton loanee Gibson has been absent for seven games and Rovers have been without a win for that run, while Finley returns after suspension for a red card against MK Dons.

"They have trained this week, so they definitely improve the group and give us a couple of different options in there," Manager Joey Barton said. "They bring a lot more maturity. The way both of them play, you want them in your group and your team, especially when you are in a tough moment like we are now."

Tickets are available now from

  • By calling 01865 337533
  • In person from the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office on matchday
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
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 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 - the game kicks off two and a half hours earlier than usual, please adjust your timings accordingly.

You can download a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium here: FamilyDayGuide for download.pdf

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


You can see the whole game in iFollow in the UK and overseas, with interviews with all the key men after the game.

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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 Bristol Rovers 3

U's lose to The Pirates. Full time report

25 February 2023

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Oxford United's troubled run continues after a 3-0 defeat at home to Bristol Rovers this afternoon.

First-half goals from Scott Sinclair (from the spot) and Aaron Collins, plus a towering header from Luca Hoole in the second half, condemned the U's to a seventh defeat in eight games as the Pirates put their own poor run of form firmly behind them at the Kassam Stadium.

Despite hitting the bar after a melee in the six-yard box after six minutes, United were 2-0 down before the half-hour mark and rarely looked like turning things around after two quick goals from the visitors.

From their first attack Rovers went ahead when new U’s Skipper Cameron Brannagan slid in but caught Lamare Bogarde and Sinclair did the rest from the spot, sending Simon Eastwood the wrong way to make it 1-0.


Six minutes later it was 2-0 as Sinclair again did the damage, this time running free down the right and providing a perfect low cross for Collins to tap home at the near post.

Injury had already been added to insult by then, with Sam Baldock limping off for Gatlin O’Donkor before a goal had been scored, but the Gas’s two-goal blast had deflated the U’s, who were in desperate need of a moment of inspiration after a flat first half.

O'Donkor almost found it with a low effort immediately after the break as United came out with more fire in their bellies. Joseph dragged wide after 52 minutes and half-time sub James Henry drove into the body of keeper James Belshaw as the game began to be played increasingly in the Rovers half. Tyler Goodrham and Ateef Konate were given 25 minutes to try and lift things further, but instead it was Rovers who killed the game off when Hoole met a 75th-minute corner to power the ball past the helpless Eastwood once more.

No excuses. A poor afternoon, simple as that.

Att: 8,437
Away: 1,437

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

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