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Match Previews

PREVIEW: Newport County v Oxford United

1 May 2015

A full guide to Saturday's game at Rodney Parade

•    U's look to end season with a win
•    Wright and Mullins could both miss out
•    Play-offs just out of reach for Newport
•    Full ticket and travel details    

TEAM NEWS
United are likely to be without both regular centre backs for the match at Newport. Skipper Jake Wright is still suffering from an abdominal strain, while his usual partner Johnny Mullins was stretchered off during the home win over Cambridge last weekend with suspected concussion. Their absence opens the way for Chey Dunkley to continue in the centre of defence, while Andy Whing, who came on for Mullins last Saturday, and Sam Long can both play in that position.

As the season draws to its conclusion, there could be opportunities for youngsters Aidan Hawtin, Josh Ashby and Sam Humphreys to feature, while up front James Roberts will hope to be involved after winning the Goal of the Season award at Wednesday's Awards Evening.

See Michael Appleton give his thoughts ahead of the game in Yellow Player, where the Preview Show features Kemar Roofe, who has scored five goals in the last six games and has been nominated for Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month. We will also have full commentary on the whole game.    

THE OPPOSITION

With the imminent departure of caretaker manager Jimmy Dack, Newport have appointed former England centre-back Terry Butcher as their new manager. Butcher arrives with a wealth of experience within the game having previously enjoyed managerial roles at Coventry, Sunderland, Motherwell, Sydney FC, Brentford, Inverness and Hibernian. Butcher has signed a two-year deal with County, and will watch their final game of the season against United on Saturday from the stands, while Dack takes charge of the team.

The Exiles remain three points outside the top seven but, with one game left, only a mathematical miracle would now allow them to climb above Plymouth, who have a superior goal difference of 18. Last Saturday, Newport ended a run of four straight defeats with a 2-0 win at York but with Plymouth also winning it means that County's bid for the play-offs is realistically over for this season.


TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Saturday 2nd May, 3pm kick-off, Rodney Parade, Newport NP19 0UU

We have been sent the full allocation of 1,053 tickets for this match, comprising 369 for the covered Bisley Stand and 672 for the uncovered Sytner Stand. These are on sale from the Oxford United ticket office until 3pm on Friday. Tickets are also available on the gate at the ground on the day of the match at £2 extra.

Advance Prices
       
                 Bisley Stand    Sytner Stand
Adults                     £18        £16
Over 60/Student*    £14        £12
Under 16                  £9        £6
Under 12                 £6        £6
Under 6                  Free        Free
*Students are anyone in full-time education with valid ID.

Disabled individuals pay the full appropriate price but are entitled to a free ticket for their carer.

Adult and concession prices increase by £2 on a matchday.

London Road coaches
Depart Stadium: 10.45am

Adult member £16
Adult non-member £18
Junior member £14
Junior non-member £16

Call 01865 337533 or call at the ticket office during normal office hours to book your coach place.  

ALL THE ODDS
Sky Bet always has great odds on every United game and every single person who signs up earns the club some money. You win, the U's win. Easy. Win or lose you help the U's. 

Click HERE for the full list of odds on Saturday’s game.   

RETRO DAY
Oxford United supporters have nominated the match at Newport as Retro Day. If you're going to the game, dig out your old Oxford United shirts, scarves, hats, badges, etc. and dress up in your favourite retro gear. Get involved and use the hashtag #oufcretro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we will share and retweet.

COVERAGE
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
www.oufc.co.uk 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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