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PREVIEW Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town

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

13 April 2021

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Oxford United welcome Shrewsbury Town to the Kassam Stadium this evening (7pm)

The U's look to build on a club record equalling 6-0 win at Crewe on Saturday as they enter the final six games of the season still chasing the play-off places.

TEAM NEWS
There were no new injuries at Gresty Road and a five goal advantage with 40 minutes to play allowed Karl Robinson to make five changes from the bench and rest any tired legs.

Josh Ruffels scored on his return to the side after injury and was reunited with Sam Long as United's regular full backs, Long signing a new deal with the club yesterday.

Rob Hall is back in full training after an ankle problem with Alex Gorrin also close to a return after a thigh injury.

See Karl and Sam Long previewing the game in iFollow now.

THE OPPOSITIONShrewsbury drew 0-0 at Gillingham on Saturday to put them on the 50 point mark

Manager Steve Cotterrill is still recovering after illness but First Team Coach David Longwell believes the Shrews are starting to play more expansive football now that they have pulled away from the danger zone.

“Our players were excellent at times on Saturday, to defend so well against Gillingham, because they are really hard to play against. We come from there probably disappointed not to get three points and then go to Oxford, who are a completely different style, but we have a lot of trust in the players, very rarely they’ve let us down this season, there’s an honesty and trust between the manager and players.”

“There’s a progression about how we take the team forward. We had to win games, be good defensively and build from that base. As that’s gone on the gaffer’s then implementing, can we play a little more football? Can we build that through? The players want to play with that style, we’ve got good footballers in there.”

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COVERAGE
Season Ticket holders can watch the game on iFollow as usual and Match Passes are available HERE to hear the full game live courtesy of our friends at BBC Oxford Sport

We have all the build up on twitter and on our official Insta page, complete with behind the scenes exclusive content, plus a full report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction from all the key men in iFollow.

Join us on the official YouTube channel for 'Matchday Live', available to help you get in to matchday mode from 6.15pm.

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