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PREVIEW: Oxford United v Hartlepool United

17 March 2015

A full guide to tonight's big match

•    United look for Super Six
•    Hylton sits out second game
•    Pools look for back-to-back wins
•    Read all about it in the matchday magazine  

United look to make it six games unbeaten tonight as they welcome Hartlepool to the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League 2. The U's have kept four clean sheets in that five-game unbeaten run but are sure to be pushed all the way by a battling Hartlepool side fighting for survival.

Top scorer Danny Hylton picked up his tenth yellow card of the season during the 1-0 win at Bury and sits out tonight's game as the second and final game of his suspension.

Kemar Roofe replaced Hylton on Saturday and may well continue alongside Patrick Hoban, although James Roberts and Armand Gnanduillet are also in contention after coming on as subs in the 0-0 draw with Plymouth.

George Baldock and Johnny Mullins both took slight knocks on Saturday but are expected to be fit.

See Michael Appleton talking about the game in Yellow Player, where we also have a great Preview Show featuring Max Crocombe (who has gone one better than Ryan Clarke with five clean sheets in five games while on loan at Nuneaton), George Baldock and Les Taylor.

Hartlepool look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season after an excellent victory at Morecambe on Saturday.

"It was a fantastic performance on Saturday; every one of them who played shared in that success and did everything we asked of them,” said manager Ronnie Moore. “The clean sheet was a bonus because it gets that stat off our backs; we said before the game we wanted it to be like buses and two come along at once,, so let’s hope it can happen even though we know it will be tough.

“They’ve had a good run of form and had four clean sheets in the last five games – but that doesn’t last forever and if we can perform like we did on Saturday I believe we’re a match for anyone at this level.”

Moore switched to a 3-5-2 formation for the weekend triumph and will have to decide whether to make any changes for the visit to The Kassam Stadium.

“More than anything it’s going to be about us and our character again. At the end of the game on Saturday we all saw what the supporters were like and the feeling they had – we want more of that.

“It seems to happen every week that we give them some hope and then don’t deliver; that’s frustrating for the staff as well – so hopefully this time we can give them hope and deliver as well.”

Tonight's game is the first of two big games for the club this week, with Oford United Women kicking off their WSL2 season at home to Watford on Thursday evening. The game kicks off at 7.45pm on Thursday at Northcourt Road, home of Abingdon United.

Tickets are always cheaper in advance: call 01865 337533 to book your seat or book your place at

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

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 has gone interview crazy tonight, with Ryan Clarke, Joe Skarz, Josh Ruffels and Johnny Mullins all having their say as well as Chairman Darryl Eales.

You can buy the matchday magazine for just £3 (with a copy of the day'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 tonight’s 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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