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07 October 2023 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Bristol Rovers

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

6 October 2023

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Oxford United welcome Bristol Rovers to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1 (12.30pm)

United scored three goals for the fourth game in a row as they beat Shrewsbury on Tuesday evening with defenders now having scored the last six goals for the U's.

"It doesn't matter who scores them" midfielder Cameron Brannagan told us. "The forwards contribute when we get a clean sheet, the defenders chip in with their share of goals; we have a great team spirit and we all want to play a part in some way or another.

"Bristol will be another good test for us. We've had some good games against them and there is always a good atmosphere. Our fans have been amazing all season and we will need them again on Saturday."

With no new injuries after midweek United are likely to name an unchanged squad with Kyle Edwards and Marcus Browne still missing through injury.

See the full interview with Liam, and the thoughts of Cameron Brannagan in iFollow now.

Joey Barton’s Rovers beat Port Vale 3-0 in midweek, a third win in four games to move them up to 11th

“You look at the quality of player we put on the pitch Tuesday night and you only have to look at the results and the performance” Barton said.”We’ve got a good squad, a good group and it’s at times like this where you know the depth is absolutely valuable if you want to have a successful season."

Centre forward John Marquis will be absent after breaking his hand but United will have to overturn their recent record against the Gas who have won seven of their last 10 games in Oxford.

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 closed so pedestrians cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.

You can download a full guide to visiting the Kassam Stadium here: Away Supporters Guide 23 24.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 game is our Mental Health Awareness Matchday in association with YoungMinds who will be outside outside the South Stand to talk to fans before the game

Local band, and long-time Oxford fans, Tivertons, will be entertaining fans in the Headington bar before and after the game.
You can download a full guide to visiting the Kassam Stadium here: Disabled Supporters Guide 23 24.pdf
The Club Shop has stock of all three new kits plus a huge range of leisure and training wear. Make sure you call in before the game, or take a look online HERE
The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games and are part of the government's £2 for a ticket scheme.

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

The game is available to watch worldwide in iFollow. Click HERE to buy a Match Pass

You can also follow the whole game on Twitter through @OUFCOfficial 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 2 Bristol Rovers 1

Nine-man U's go top of the table. Full time report

7 October 2023

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Goals from BIlly Bodin and Sam Long moved Oxford United top of the table as they beat  Bristol Rovers 2-1 in a lunchtime kick-off at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon in a game that ended up with nine men for the home side and ten for the visitors.

Rovers, having won seven of their last ten games in Oxford, gave United more problems than most sides this season, but a red card for Jevani Brown gave them too much to do and Long's header sealed the win after Bodin's clinical early strike, despite a late strike from Aaron Collins and red cards for both Oisin Smyth and Stan Mills in time added on.

The win stretched United's winning run to five games and allowed them to leapfrog Portsmouth into top spot, but it was far from plain sailing and United were pleased that teenage keeper James Beadle was once again on top form.

First, the Brighton loanee needed to make an outstanding double save in the fifth minute before striker Chris Martin guided an unmarked header wide after eight, rather than finding that things in front of him were all yellow.

Having weathered that mini storm, United settled and started to push the Pirates back, and after 13 minutes they were ahead as Bodin hammered home against his former club.


As is so often the case, Ruben Rodrigues’ ingenuity was the key, with a clever flicked scoop of a pass that put Bodin in behind the defence. A covering defender was sent the wrong way and then the shot flew past the exposed Matthew Cox for an excellent goal.

Bodin has scored against both Bristol sides this season, but respectfully refused to celebrate this one.


Beadle was again about to deny Aaron Collins after half an hour and Rovers did get the ball in the net after 38 minutes only for an offside flag to rule the effort out; so far, no away team has scored at the Jim Smith Stand end of the ground this season but few have gone closer.

Aware of the danger, Liam Manning changed the shape of the team at the break, with the versatile Sam Long switching to full back in a four man defence, and Mills' direct running adding a new threat further forward down that flank. That helped, and now it was the U's making most of the chances.

Mark Harris, Rodrigues and Elliott Moore all went close, and with Josh Murphy replacing the hard-working Bodin just before the hour, United were not about to settle for a dangerous 1-0 lead.

Instead, Murphy was only denied by a good save from Cox as the game opened up. There was always an edge to things though, and on 63 minutes Rovers' task became much harder when Brown, having been booked five minutes earlier, clipped Murphy as he raced past and was shown a second yellow.

United should have made them pay when the impish Rodrigues again opened them up soon after, only for Murphy to fire wide with only the keeper to beat. There were further opportunities to kill the game off before Long settled it, rising to head a corner through a sea of legs and beyond the keeper for a goal that should have settled any late nerves.

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Instead, Collins belted the ball into the roof of the net with two minutes to go to set up eight nerve-wracking minutes of added time. United saw it through, despite somehow seeing two men dismissed. First there was a red card for sub Smyth, who rolled the ball away in added time and was also shown a second yellow, and that was swiftly followed by a red for Mills after he lunged in to tackle Sam Finley on half way.

A grandstand finale but ultimately job done: a third win in a memorable week.

Portsmouth kick off later today. They may well reclaim top spot when they welcome Port Vale. United can do nothing to affect that.

All they can do is keep doing what they are doing: scoring goals, entertaining and winning excellent games of football.

Att: 9,439
Away: 1,475

Fifty/50 winning number 96820 wins £921.50

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

Stats by OPTA

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