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PREVIEW Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town

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

3 February 2023

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Oxford United welcome Shrewsbury Town to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

Midfielder Cameron Brannagan is United's biggest doubt after picking up a hip injury during Wednesday night's game against Barnsley. Brannagan hobbled off and was replaced by Marcus McGuane who stands by for a starting role should Brannagan be ruled out.

A flu bug meant three of the coaching staff were ruled out on Wednesday and Leon Blackmore-Such and Wayne Brown will still be missing but thankfully the players haven't been affected.

See a full interview with Karl and a Preview Show that features two Tylers - Smith and Goodrham - in iFollow right now.

Manager Steve Cotterill is looking for a fifth successive win in League One.

"It's an early start – we will be on our way down there on Saturday morning" he told the official Shrewsbury website. "Then we will do our best – the same as we have done every other week. We started our preparation early in the week with a few bits and bobs.

"We have done more today and will finish off tomorrow. We are looking forward to the game."

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 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.

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.

A reminder that tickets are on sale for March's Manor Club event for fans aged over 50. Tickets purchased for February's cancelled event are still valid.

You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK or see it if you are overseas, with interviews with all the key men after the game.

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 Shrewsbury Town 1

U's tamed by the Shrews. Full time report

4 February 2023

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A contrast in form was cruelly underlined at the Kassam Stadium today when Oxford United were beaten for the fourth time in a row while visitors Shrewsbury made it five consecutive wins to continue their climb in League 1.

A second half goal from sub Ryan Bowman was enough to give the Shrews all three points despite the U's dominating much of the 90 minutes.

Two early efforts from Billy Bodin and a well-struck free kick from left-back Brandon Fleming got United off to a good start as they dominated the first half. There were loud shouts for a penalty for handball when Marcus McGuane’s drive after 16 minutes was pushed away by keeper Mark Marosi and Ciaron Brown’s goalbound effort was blocked by Flanagan as he leaned into the ball, but that appeal was swiftly waved away by ref Scott Oldham.

At the other end Flanagan let fly from distance in the opening minutes but otherwise the Shrews were very much on the back foot throughout the first 45 and had another let off after 22 minutes when Bodin freed Kyle Joseph only for his low strike to hit the right-hand post.

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And yet, when your luck's out things go against you. First Bodin, having looked the most likely source of a goal, limped off before half time with a hamstring problem.

Replacement Tyler Smith kept the momentum going with an early strike after the break that Marosi clung on to, bettering that by tipping a McGuane drive over the bar a minute later, and at the hour mark the stats showed 61 per cent possession for the home side and 12 shots at goal to Shrewsbury's two.

And yet, of course, there is one stat that matters more than any other.


There was a warning on 70 minutes when Tom Bloxham let fly and Eastwood clawed the ball onto the post, but still United looked the more likely team to score, Marosi getting down smartly to smother another effort from Joseph.

And then everything went wrong.

Shrewsbury battled to win the ball back on the edge of United's box, a clever scooped ball over the back line from Killian Phillips left Bowman in behind the backline and his touch took the ball beyond the fingertips of the despairing Eastwood.

United threw men forward and did all they could to retrieve the situation, but Bowman's goal had burst their bubble and an improved performance brought zero reward.

Cruel, but not turning possession into goals has become a theme this season. Time to put that right at MK next Saturday.

Att: 7,597

Away: 550

Polythene UK Fifty/50 winning number 67154 wins £859

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

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