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12 November 2022 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Port Vale

A full match guide as the U's take on Port Vale at the Kassam Stadium

11 November 2022

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

United are without the suspended Cameron Brannagan after his fifth yellow card of the season while Djavan Anderson and Kyle Joseph are ruled out through injuries sustained in the draw at Shrewsbury on Wednesday evening.

Steve Seddon returns to the squad after his own suspension and could replace Anderson at right-back in the absence of Sam Long who should be back in training next week, while Lewis Bate stands by to replace Brannagan in the middle of the park.

See Karl and Billy Bodin previewing the game in iFollow.



Darrell Clarke’s side are in 11th place in the table on 23 points and have continued the momentum since they won promotion last season.

There will be two familiar faces in their squad. Jack Stevens has been in good form since joining from the U’s on loan but will have to watch from the stands tomorrow as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Meanwhile Vale’s Assistant Manager Andy Crosby returns to the club he used to proudly skipper.

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

The U's will be wearing poppies on their shirts and we ask all fans to join us in a minute's silence ahead of kick off to remember those who gave their lives in service of their nation.
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.

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 4 Port Vale 0

Bodin and Taylor at the double. Full time report

12 November 2022

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Oxford United enjoyed their best win of the season as braces from Billy Bodin and Matty Taylor saw them beat Port Vale 4-0 at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon.

Bodin and Taylor shared the headlines but this was an excellent team performance and a result that has been brewing for a while for the U's, who are starting to look much more like their old selves.

Today they were ahead after ten minutes as Bodin slotted home his second goal of the season, and they never looked back after that.

The opening goal came from Vale offering Marcus Browne too much space 25 yards from goal. Browne, terrific in the number 10 role, set his sights and fired low and hard towards the left corner. Keeper Aidan Stone parried, but Bodin clinically sent the rebound back past the stranded goalie to make it 1-0.

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Simon Eastwood kept that lead intact with an astonishing save - the latest in a series over recent weeks - to tip an Ellis Harrison header onto the bar with Mal Benning unable to convert the rebound, but after 27 minutes it was 2-0 as Taylor tapped home from close range.

Bodin was this time the architect, powering past defender Sammy Robinson despite having his shirt almost ripped from his back. He fed Browne, charging into the box, and when his shot bobbled past Stone, Taylor did what Taylor does, tapping home from a yard out.

Vale protested about him being offside. He wasn’t.

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That's 53 league goals for United’s talisman but few expected him to take until mid-November for his first of the season. Thankfully the wait for the second/54th wasn't too long.

The Valiants came at Oxford but found it hard to create clear chances in the first half, while James Henry was inches away from making it 3-0 with a low drive that flashed just the wrong side of the post.

The visitors redoubled their efforts in the second 45 minutes, the dangerous Harrison glancing a header wide when well placed on the hour mark, but leaving space to chase a game is dangerous against the U's, and soon after the hour it was 3-0 and three points assured as Bodin scored his second.

He made it look simple but it was actually a difficult finish; a high bouncing ball after a corner wasn't cleared, but sometimes you don't need power and Bodin planted the ball past Stone to make it 3-0.


Two minutes later and it was a race for the match ball as Taylor netted his second. Henry swung in a free kick, Stuart Findlay challenged but the ball flew beyond him and Taylor reacted to stick his tousled locks forward and thump the ball past the exposed Stone to seal the convincing home win that United so desperately needed.


As their nickname suggests, the visitors had been valiant and perhaps were a touch hard done by with the scoreline, but how many times have we said that about the U's this season? If midfielder Tom Pett and his band were heartbroke, then so be it. Factor in a clean sheet - the first in the league since the first home game of the season - plus a position in the top half of the table,  and it was a good afternoon's work all round.

Five games unbeaten now and United are once again on the march up the table.

Nobody get carried away,  but a slow start and then a steady climb? We've been here before. Strap yourselves in, there will be bumps in the road ahead, but all of a sudden that road ahead looks a lot brighter...

Att: 8,198

Away: 949

Fifty/50 winning number 51405 wins £776.50

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


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