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PREVIEW Oxford United v Chelsea U21

A full guide to tonight's game

4 October 2022

Oxford United welcome Chelsea U21 to the Kassam Stadium this evening


Elliott Moore and Matty Taylor both made their return after injury in the draw at Charlton on Saturday and Boss Karl Robinson must decide whether to include them again with a home league game against Wycombe on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Ed McGinty is ruled out through the protocols around concussion, having taken a blow to the head in training last week. Youngster Eddie Brearey will again stand by as cover for Simon Eastwood.

Fellow youngsters Tyler Goodrham, Slavi Spasov, James Golding and Gatlin O'Donkor could all be involved while winger Jodi Jones made a good impression after coming on at the Valley and may get another opportunity this evening.


Chelsea’s opening game saw them lose 1-0 at Sutton United with Cesare Casadei being shown a red card in the second half of the game.

Right-back Derrick Abu believes Coach Mark Robinson’s side will be difficult opponents for the U’s this evening.

"The preparation has been great" he said "I feel like we are getting closer to the identity and the culture that the coach wants us to have as a team."

"On and off the pitch I think we are in sync with each other and we know what to expect from each other. Two draws in recent games where we feel like on another day would have been wins shows that we are getting there."


Tickets have been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for over 65s and under 16s for this game.

Book your place here:

United’s final game in the group is their first-ever trip to Sutton United, with the game confirmed for Tuesday 18th October (7.45pm). CLICK HERE FOR TICKET DETAILS

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

The Football Special bus services are not running this evening.

Please note that there was a burst water main on the Oxford bypass this morning which caused major traffic disruption around the city. Please monitor traffic reports from our friends at BBC Oxford for latest updates before you set off.


There will be a minute’s silence ahead of tonight’s game and both teams will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to those supporters who tragically lost their lives in the Indonesian stadium disaster.


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.


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


You can see the whole game in iFollow 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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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 1 Chelsea U21 2

U's beaten by Chelsea youngsters. Full time report

4 October 2022

Oxford United were beaten 2-1 tonight in the Papa John's Trophy as Chelsea struck back to win with two stunning goals at the Kassam Stadium.

Matty Taylor's first-half goal had given the U's the lead in an open, entertaining game, but second-half strikes from Mason Burstow and Lewis Hall saw the Blues come from behind and register their first win in Group G.

As is usual in this competition, United mixed things up; Jodi Jones, James Golding, John Mousinho, Taylor, Billy Bodin, Alex Gorrin and Steve Seddon all returned to the starting XI and Djavan Anderson made his full debut at right-back.

In a game full of chances, highly rated midfielder Ben Elliott struck the left-hand post after eight minutes, but a minute later United had the lead when Mousinho got above his man to head a corner down and Taylor did what Taylor does, sweeping the ball home to give his side an early advantage and score his 60th goal for the club.


Chelsea zipped the ball around nicely and after 27 minutes Omari Hutchinson forced Simon Eastwood into his first superb save of the night when the keeper went full stretch to tip a free kick over the bar.

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However, United had looked solid defensively and actually completed more passes than the visitors in the first half. Golding, whose brother is in the Chelsea Academy, looked outstanding, bringing the ball out from the back and following the example of the ageless Mousinho, but the whole side worked hard and Gorrin might have doubled the lead just before the break when he fired into the side netting.

The Spanish midfielder was relishing the more advanced role he was given, almost forcing home a second goal soon after the break, and Taylor soon had a chance to score his second but was denied by Beach in a one-on-one.

Chances continued to arrive at both ends. Sub Marcus Browne saw a goalbound effort flick over the bar via a defender's body and Golding and sub Tyler Goodrham also went close, but the visitors had chances as well and the game was worryingly open against such high-calibre opposition.

Charlie Webster saw one effort bravely blocked, Burstow was denied by a raised flag when he steered the ball home just before the hour, and Elliott was off target in a three-on-one break just after the hour.

Those were warnings and the loudest alarm bells came with a missed penalty. Anderson is rapid and had already chased down two Chelsea wingers as they threatened to break clear, but on the third occasion he slid in to try and halt Hutchinson and this time caught his heels just inside the box. Fortunately, Eastwood was there to not only plunge to his left and save the same player's penalty but also get up and somehow save the rebound.

There was a scare when Lewis Bate thundered into a challenge and came off second best, hobbling off in some distress, but then Chelsea managed to score the goal they had been threatening, and what a goal it was. Burstow was 30 yards from goal but saw Eastwood off his line and launched the ball over the retreating keeper. It was a perfect strike and for once Eastwood had no answer to it. 1-1.

Just as thoughts of a penalty shoot-out for the bonus point began to go through the minds of the sparse crowd, Chelsea won the game when the ball came to their midfielder, named after two United legends*, and Hall blasted high into the net to win it for the visiting side.

Not the end of the world and all things remain possible in the group when United end their fixtures at Sutton next month. But having contributed so much, United will be frustrated not to have seen the job through.

Saturday, at home to Wycombe, would be the ideal time to make amends...

Att: 1,354

Away: 64

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Daniels and Steve Edmunds

*Their captain, Alfie Gilchrist, is also a candidate.

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Ticket News

U's Take on Chelsea Young Guns

Papa Johns action at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday

3 October 2022

Oxford United’s next home game is on Tuesday evening when we welcome Chelsea Under 21s to the Kassam Stadium (7.45pm)

The U’s kicked off their Group G campaign with an excellent 5-0 win over Leyton Orient in the opening game and now welcome the youngsters from Stamford Bridge looking for a win that should ensure their place in the knock-out stages.

Tickets have been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for over 65s and under 16s for this game.

Book your place for Tuesday.

United’s final game in the group is their first-ever trip to Sutton United, with the game confirmed for Tuesday 18th October (7.45pm). CLICK HERE FOR TICKET DETAILS

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