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Swindon Preview

5 September 2012

We look forward to tonight's Big Match

We look ahead to tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy game at home to Swindon Town.

Team News
United have doubts over both Deane Smalley and Sean Rigg ahead of this first round tie. Smalley jarred a knee as he went up for a header at York on Saturday while Rigg limped off with a deep cut to his heel in the same game.

With Andy Whing, Michael Duberry, Harry Worley, Peter Leven and Liam Davis still out injured and Lee Cox unavailable against the club he is on loan from United are once again stretched, although the subs bench is only five players not seven in this competition.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Tom Craddock could earn recalls along with James Constable up front, while former Swindon loanee Daniel Boateng will be hoping to be involved.

See Chris Wilder previewing the game in Yellow Player.

The Opposition 

Last year's beaten finalists in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy have an interesting choice to make in goal where Wes Foderingham was subbed off after 21 minutes of the 4-1 defeat at Preston  and told to apologise to his team mates by manager Paolo di Canio.

The Italian labelled Foderingham "the worst professional I've ever seen" but the pair have now reportedly buried their differences.

Two defeats against United have clearly not been forgotten, with Di Canio telling the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

“Behave with your opponent in the right way, joke with them but at the end we celebrate, joke like they did last year. They go sad back home, I hope this, and then we’ll see what’s going on.”

Man in the Middle
The referee for tonight's game is Scott Mathieson.

Fans are reminded that this game is ALL TICKET and tickets are no longer on sale. There will be no tickets available at the stadium this evening.

Getting Here
The six new bus services which run to Oxford United matches from all over the county will be in operation tonight.

The U's have started a new partnership with RH Coaches to provide quick and easy transport to and from games from major towns across Oxfordshire. Routes run from Banbury, Chipping Norton, Carterton, Wantage, Henley on Thames and Thame, with pickups en route to the stadium. 

The buses are available for every home league game.

Prices start from as little as £5.00 return

For a full list of prices and timetables click here: Bus Schedule 2012

Be Well Read...
We have a full-sized programme available again tonight: 84 pages packed full with news, views and interviews. Adam Chapman provides a must-read interview, James Constable has his say, Ian Lenagan, Chris Wilder and Jake Wright are all featured and there are articles to interest everyone.

Find out what all the fuss is about for just £3 (including a copy of the Oxford Mail while stocks last) from programme vendors around the ground tonight.

If you can't be with us then try out Yellow Player, where we have commentary of the whole game live, plus video interviews with all the key men and match highlights for you to see.
Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet that you can hear the game online; join us for all the action.
Buy Player for just £4.29 a month. You can sign up for just 10p per day. 

This Site 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

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 at half-time.
The result will appear right here as soon as it is made. 

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