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Northampton Preview

23 November 2012

We look forward to Saturday's big game

We look ahead to tomorrow's npower League 2 game at home to Northampton Town

Team News
United welcome Lee Cox back into the squad as they take on the Cobblers. The on-loan Swindon midfielder missed the draw at Barnet in midweek through suspension but comes back into contention as United look to get back to winning ways.

With Johnny Mullins being recalled by Rotherham this week there is an enforced change at the back where Michael Raynes and Harry Worley compete to partner Jake Wright. Michael Duberry is unlikely to be risked, as first team coach Mickey Lewis told Yellow Player: "If you asked him to play he would, but then if you ask him to go and head a wall for the team he would as well! But you have to be very careful with him and make sure he is right before you consider him playing after a neck operation."

Liam Davis faces a late fitness test while Damian Batt could be available again as early as next Saturday when the U's travel to Accrington in the FA Cup.

Read Mickey lewis's thoughts on the game here

See a longer preview with Mickey previewing the game as well as a great Preview Show featuring studio guests in Yellow Player

The Opposition

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd is aiming to keep the recent good form going as long as possible after three straight wins. “We are very buoyant at the moment,” he told www.ntfc.co.uk. “We are grinding out results, playing well and the players are very upbeat and we are looking forward to our next game. You’ve always got to be professional and be respectful of your opponent and you are only ever one result away from being complacent.

“We are in a nice position but nothing gets won in November and if we don’t maintain what we have been doing or take anybody lightly then the table can soon be turned. We’ve done nothing yet but if we can keep that spirit and hunger to win games then hopefully we will be able to look back at the end of the season and congratulate ourselves on a job well done.

“Oxford have had a lot of injuries but as we’ve found out ourselves sometimes when you are in that situation you can become a bit of a wounded animal and they can be the most dangerous animals to compete against. They have made good progress as a club over the last few years but unfortunately as a manager none of us can control the injuries that you get.

Tickets
Tickets are available at advance prices today via the phones or via www.oufctickets.co.uk where you can pick your exact seat and see the approximate view from that spot.  

The phonelines are open on 01865 337533 or call in person at the Ticket Office.  

Book your seat and come and cheer the boys on. 

Ultimate Support Saturday
Get behind the U's is the message from the fans behind Ultimate Support Saturday. Bring friends and family, make as much noise as possible and create a positive atmosphere. Just call 01865 337533 to book your seat. Click HERE to read more  

Getting Here
The bus services which runs to games from Carterton and Kidlington will be running again so get on board and get behind the U's.

Starting from Saturday single fares will be available on the Carterton bus, which also picks up in Witney, Eynsham and Botley

Bus times for Saturday:

ROUTE OX3
CARTERTON CROSSROADS 12:45 
WITNEY MARKET PLACE 13:00 
EYNSHAM CHURCH ST 13:15 
BOTLEY O/S SEACOURT BRIDGE PH 13:30 
OXFORD KASSAM STADIUM 13:45


ROUTE OX7
GROVELANDS OPP ANDERSON'S CLOSE 12:40 
YARNTON ROAD TREEGROUND PLACE 12:43 
OXFORD ROAD OPP CHURCHILL ROAD 12:45 
GARDEN CITY GOSFORD HILL SCHOOL 12:47
BANBURY ROAD HAREFIELDS 12:50
BANBURY ROAD SQUITCHY LANE 12:55 
SUMMERTOWN SOUTH PARADE 12:59 
MARSTON FERRY ROAD FERRY POOL ROAD 13:04 
CHERWELL DRIVE opp EWIN CLOSE 13:08 
CHERWELL DRIVE adj COPSE LANE 13:10 
LONDON ROAD adj SANFORD ROAD 13:15 
HEADINGTON WINDMILL ROAD HS3 13:20 
THE SLADE opp PEAT MOORS 13:25 
HOLLOW WAY CORNER HOUSE 13:28 
HOLLOW WAY adj FERN HILL ROAD 13:30 
OXFORD KASSAM STADIUM 13:45


Be Well Read...

Tomorrow's matchday magazine is another cracker. We have a fascinating interview with Damian Batt as well as  chats with Adam Chapman and James Constable.

Ian Lenagan, Chris Wilder and Jake Wright give us their thoughts on recent events, while Colin Harrington, possibly United's fastest-ever player, discusses events of 50 years ago. Fantastic Mr Ox reveals how Northampton destroyed his private life, and guest columnist Emlyn Begley talks about the debt that Irish football has to Oxford United.

You can read all this, and so much more, for just £3 from vendors around the ground, including a copy of tomorrow's Oxford Mail (while stocks last). As if that wasn't enough to tempt you, tomorrow's magazine also has the next instalment in the image that is now building up nicely on the spine.

Make sure you buy your copy, but if you miss out you can get it, and any back issues, by contacting mbrodetsky@oufc.co.uk or calling Martin Brodetsky on 01865 337523.

Shouting the odds
There’s another way to support The U's thanks to our Official Betting Provider, Bet Butler.  

The betting concierge service has pledged to boost club coffers with every bet fans place at BetButler.co.uk, whether they win or lose! They have made the generous offer thanks to their unique business model, which brings you the best odds from more than 100 bookmakers via one simple account.  

Sign-up now at BetButler.co.uk and get:
- The chance to support your club as every bet benefits Oxford United
- The best odds from 60+ bookmakers using one account
- A betting provider that genuinely wants you to win  


Coverage

This Site
www.oufc.co.uk is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:
- Full team news
- Read a full match report the very second the final whistle blows
- See a full gallery of all the key moments
- See the manager and key players give their reactions in Yellow Player
- SMS subscribers get all the action straight to their mobiles

- Or follow @OUFClive on Twitter for all the action wherever you are

Fifty/50
Make sure you buy a Fifty-50 lottery ticket to be in with a chance of winning over £1,000. Tickets are on sale all around the ground including from the concourse programme sellers, with the draw being made at half-time.
The result will appear right here as soon as it is made.


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