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7 January 2013

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Team News

Oxford United will be forced into at least one change for the visit of Southend in the area semi-final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm)

On-loan Burton Albion striker Justin Richards is cup-tied while James Constable sits out the second game of his four-match ban. That will force United into a reshuffle up front where Josh Parker and Tyrone Marsh will be hoping for a chance while Sean Rigg and Alfie Potter could be asked to change roles to play through the middle alongside Tom Craddock.

Having played twice inside five days after seven months out, Michael Duberry could be rested meaning a chance for either Michael Raynes or Harry Worley to impress at the heart of United's defence.

There were no fresh injury worries for United following Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United leaving Andy Whing, Liam Davis, Deane Smalley, Adam Chapman and Jon-Paul Pittman on the sidelines.

United reached the area semi-finals after wins a 1-0 success against Swindon in the first round, a 4-2 victory at Cheltenham in round two and a penalty shoot-out win against Plymouth Argyle.

The Opposition

Southend United play their first away match in this season's competition after previous home victories against AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham and Redbridge and Brentford. 

The Shrimpers are currently 6th in League 2 but after a 14 match unbeaten run have lost their last two league games against Burton Albion and Gillingham.

On Saturday they fought-back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with League 1 high-flyers Brentford in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.


Advance prices have been cut to just £10 for adults, £8 for students, £5 for over 65s and £4 for under 16s in all areas of the ground other than the lounges. 

These can be booked via the phones or via where you can pick your exact seat and see the approximate view from that spot.    

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

Book your seat and come and cheer the boys on.

Getting Here

Although the Kidlington and Carterton buses will NOT be running for this game (they only run for league matches) there are buses from the city centre to the ground. Thames Travel's 106C service runs from St Aldates and the Oxford Bus Company Number 5  stops at Knight's Road, a short walk to the ground.

Be Well Read...

The match programme is a must read with Ian Lenagan, Chris Wilder and Jake Wright all giving us their thoughts on the match. Available all round the ground for £2, pick up a copy to read all the news of the U's

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Coverage 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 being made at half-time.

The result will appear right here as soon as it is made.

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