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PREVIEW Oxford United v Northampton Town

14 April 2015

We look ahead to tonight's big match at the Kassam Stadium

•    U's wait on Hoban
•    Kick it Out
•    Wilder returns to the U's
•    Read all about it in the matchday magazine    

United will wait on the fitness of two or three players before announcing their team to face Northampton Town at the Kassam Stadium tonight. Patrick Hoban is the biggest doubt with a dead leg suffered in the 0-0 draw at Wimbledon on Saturday but Andy Whing and George Baldock also took blows in that game and will face late fitness tests.

Kyle Vassell, who replaced Hoban on Saturday, is the likely replacement should the Irish striker not make it while young James Roberts is likely to return to the bench. 

Jamie Ashdown makes his home debut after doing well in goal on Saturday and keeping a clean sheet on his debut.

See interviews with Johnny Mullins and Michael Appleton plus a full Preview Show in which Chris Allen discusses the youth team season in Yellow Player, where we also have full commentary on the whole game.  

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Cobblers boss Chris Wilder believes that his side's promotion push was dealt a major blow with defeat against Stevenage at the weekend but that won't stop his side giving their all as he returns to the Kassam Stadium tonight

“We’ve got to accept the fact we’ve given ourselves too much to do but we have an obligation to ourselves, the league and our supporters to keep going right to the last minute of the last game,” the former U's boss said. “We’ve pushed it right to the end, it has been a pretty up and down season for us and perhaps ultimately we will be a little bit disappointed that we haven’t finished in the play-offs because you always want to achieve.

“We want to win and we want to drive this club forward and we will work hard through these last four games and through the summer to make sure that we hit the ground running at the start of next season. We are still re-building and we will be better next year. There are certain aspects we need to work on, our defensive record hasn’t been good enough this year and that was highlighted again in the game on Saturday. I’m looking for the group to kick on and I’ll be looking at the players to see if they’ve got that drive from within and those that don’t won’t be playing here next season.”

The club shop currently has a better than half-price sale on home and away kits. Make sure you pay them a visit.  

Fans in the Family Area can join us in Olly's Den once again. This brand-new area, now astroturfed, features table tennis, shooting tests, player visits and giant games and is free to enter. Meet Olly and Olivia the Ox and enjoy the build up to kick-off in Olly's Den.    

The Football Special buses are running as usual and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. Click HERE for timetables and routes.    

Our award-winning match magazine features great interviews with Joe Skarz, Danny Rose and Jamie Ashdown.  Read Chief Exec Mark Ashton's notes and there's all the usual mix of stats, history, action, editorial and competitions.  

You can buy the matchday magazine for just £3 (with a copy of today's Oxford Mail while stocks last) from sellers around the ground before the game, or download a copy from    

Be sure to pick up a Fifty/50 half-time draw ticket from one of our sellers around the ground. The first prize is regularly £1,000 plus so you don’t want to miss out on what could be £1 very well spent!    

If you fancy a flutter on the game then SKY BET is the place to visit.    

Every bet you place benefits the U's and with great odds on every game why go anywhere else?    

For the full range of odds available on the match click HERE.    

If you can’t be with us then live full match commentary is available in Yellow Player. Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet where you can listen to the game live, and there will also be video interviews with all the key men, plus extended highlights.    

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:    

-    An exciting match console    
-    A full match report the minute the final whistle is blown    
-    A full photo gallery of all the key moments    
-    The manager and key players' reactions in Yellow Player    
-    SMS subscribers will receive all the action straight to their mobiles.    

Or follow @OUFCOfficial on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday.    


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