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PREVIEW Oxford United v Blackpool

A full guide to Saturday's game at the Kassam Stadium

31 January 2020

Oxford United welcome Blackpool to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday as they return to Sky Bet League 1 action.

TEAM NEWS
United welcome back top scorer James Henry after injury and will wait on the fitness of Cameron Brannagan and Matty Taylor who are both close to a retiurn as well.

George Thorne is fit and available, as is new signing Liam Kelly with Ben Woodburn two or three weeks away from a return.

Rob Dickie makes his 100th start for the U's with Karl Robinson having to decide whether John Mousinho or Elliott Moore partner him at the back.

See Karl Robinson and Rob Dickie looking ahead to the game in iFollow right now.

THE OPPOSITION
Blackpool have slipped to 15th in the table after five defeats in their last six games but boss Simon Grayson was pleased to see his side put Wycombe under pressure at Adams Park on Tuesday night.

“In the second half at least the players had a go” he said. “We looked a different team, got on the front foot more and enjoyed more opportunities. They were hanging on in the last 20 minutes. We were second to every ball for the first 10 to 15 minutes, then things dropped to them and they finished them off well.
 
“We’ve got to make sure we’re bright and alert, especially when we’re taking on a team like Wycombe, who you know are going to be on the front foot, play with a high intensity and win second balls. You can’t gift teams the opportunity to score two goals because you’re giving yourself a massive challenge to get anything out of the game.
 
“It’s certainly something we’ve got to look at and we’ve got to work even harder to put it right.”
 
TICKETS
Tickets are available from oufctickets.co.uk or by calling 01865 337533 and can be purchased from the Ticket Office on the day.

Season Ticket holders have the chance to bring a friend for just £5 but are reminded that this offer is not available on matchday
 
The aim is to give fans who haven’t been this season, or maybe even for a little longer than that, a chance to come along at a hugely reduced price and get back in to the habit of watching the U’s. Do you know someone who fits that category? Then give them a call and get them along as part of the Yellow Army.
 
The offer is open to all Season Ticket Holders and it’s easy: just log on to oufctickets.co.uk or call 01865 337533. Season Ticket seat exchanges are limited to your usual stand and are available on a first come first serve basis. 
 

FAMILY
The Family Room is open for this game with player visits and we have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFCFamily.pdf
 
SENSORY ROOM
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: kfaulkner@oufc.co.uk
 
PARKING
There are circa 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but with another big crowd expected 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.
 
The pedestrian crossing  point by Vue cinema will be managed for the first time to enable a safe and manageable crossing for supporters as well as the flow of cars.
 
Barriers will in place and Stop/Go signs will used to enable a controlled crossing managed by stewards. This is a trial. Please can all pedestrians and drivers adhere to instructions given by stewards and be patient to ensure the safety of everyone. 
 
We kindly ask for your assistance in co operating with staff in enabling us to facilitate this trial would be appreciated. 
 
AWAY GUIDE
If you are a Blackpool fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
 
CLUB SHOP
The Club Shop is open and is taking orders for our fantastic new retro range. Pop in before the game.
 
COVERAGE
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page or here in our Match Centre, and hear the game in iFollow if you are in the UK or see it if you are abroad.
 

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