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PREVIEW Oxford United v Southend United

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game

28 February 2020

Oxford United welcome Southend United to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

United were light on numbers for Tuesday's win over Accrington Stanley but Mark Sykes is now fully fit after illness and Nathan Holland and Anthony Forde are both back in full training after slight hamstring problems.

With Liam Kelly also approaching full fitness and John Mousinho doing well after a knee problem United are close to a full squad for the run in- Ben Woodburn is expected back at the end of next week and Malachi Napa is improving with each week as well.

Rob Atkinson, recalled from his loan at Eastleigh, made his first appearance on the bench on Tuesday and is part of the squad again.

See Karl, George Thorne and Josh Ruffels looking ahead to the game in iFollow right now.

Southend come into the game after five straight defeats, the latest being at the hands of Burton Albion last weekend.  It has been close though: in three of those five defeats the game has been decided by a single goal

Southend have a doubt over midfielder Sam Mantom but Manager Sol Campbell is looking for improvements at both ends of the pitch:
“We’ve got to defend right in all different scenarios and we have to put our chances away too,” he said. “We’ve been creating chances and we will cause them problems as long we we’re not scared of going for it at the right moments and don’t hold back.”
“In the last game we took too long to get into gear and go for it, I don’t want that to happen again. When we have the space and the opportunity knocks lets go for it.  Let's go forward and see what happens. We need to have an end product and it took too long to get going against Burton. It might be the same side for us but with players in different positions.”

Tickets are available from where you can print at home or download to your phone or by calling 01865 337533

The Family Room is open for this game with player visits and we have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFCFamily.pdf
We are proud to have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Kath Faulkner for more details:
There are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally. Away fans-  Please park in the West car park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
If you are a Southend fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
The Club Shop is open and has scarves and hats to help you keep warm throughout the winter months
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page or here in our Match Centre, and see or hear the game in iFollow wherever you live.

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