Oxford United look to make it back-to-back wins when they travel to Derby County this evening in Sky Bet League 1 (7.45pm)
United picked up their first three points of the season at home to Carlisle United on Saturday and will be looking to secure a first away win as they take on Paul Warne's Rams
United will be without Jordan Thorniley for a few weeks after the defender picked up an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup game at Bristol City last week. However Stephan Negru proved a more than able replacement on Saturday and is likely to continue alongside skipper Elliott Moore.
“Jordan will be out for a few weeks" Liam Manning confirmed yesterday. "We have a few follow up appointments in the next few days but we don’t expect him to be available in the next few weeks. But Stephan stepped in and did really well on Saturday. From the first day we were here Stephan caught the eye of me, Chris Hogg and Craig Short and huge credit is due to him for the way he was ready and switched on when he got his chance last week".
James Henry is close to a return to training after an ankle problem. You can see Stephan and Liam previewing the game, and discussing the pressures of football management, in a full interview in iFollow right now.
Derby kicked off their season with defeat at home to Wigan and then bowed out of the Carabao Cup at home to Blackpool, but then got their first win on the short trip to Burton Albion on Saturday.
First Team Coach Matt Hamshaw believes his side will face a good test from the U’s this evening:
“They've had a good summer” he said “They've done some good recruitment and have a good management staff, we know them well. They play good football and want to attack and get on the front foot so it will be another tough game but it's one we're really looking forward to. The lads have taken confidence from Saturday and we need to make sure we start winning at home because that will be key.
“It's been a bit of a rollercoaster for us as most new seasons are. I think it's always difficult with the cohesion and togetherness as you're still finding out things when the real pressure cooker comes. I thought as ugly as Saturday's game was from a spectacle point of view, we had the bit of quality and that's what we need to start showing more of".
United will be wearing their new yellow kit again tonight. Order yours HERE
Please note this game is ALL TICKET with no sales on the day after midday today.
We have been giving an initial allocation of 1,047 tickets. This includes 8 wheelchair/carer pairs.
Tickets are available online from oufctickets.co.uk by phone (01865 337533) and at the Ticket Office in person.
Tickets are now for collection at Derby on the night only.
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Under 5 tickets must be purchased as part of a pair with a parent/guardian aged 18 or above, Any child aged 15 and under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or over. Under 2’s are not permitted entry to the stadium.
Please note regular concession checks are taken at the turnstiles and any supporters asked for ID that fails to show it will be refused entry and will not be offered a chance to upgrade their ticket.
Derby have a dedicated car park for away disabled supporters, Spaces are allocated at a price of £10.00 on a ‘first come first served’ basis and must be booked no later than 24 hours before the match. Please call 01332 667528 to book your space.
London Road Club Travel
Coaches will depart the Kassam Stadium at 3:30pm with a pick up at Kidlington Sainsbury’s at 3:45pm.
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|Adult Non Member||£24|
|Under 18 Non Member||£22|
Visit oufctickets.co.uk or call 01865 337533 to book your coach places.
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