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PREVIEW Oxford United v Gillingham

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

24 September 2021

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Oxford United welcome Gillingham to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm)

The U's welcome Cameron Brannagan, Elliott Moore and Sam Winnall back into the squad after injury.

Brannagan was a late withdrawal from the squad at Cheltenham last week but has recovered from a shoulder injury while Moore and Winnall have also been in full training this week.

Marcus McGuane is perhaps a week behind the trio in his recovery while Jamie Hanson will step up from a dislocated shoulder next week after being given the green light after a scan in midweek.

See Karl, Ryan Williams and Sam Long all previewing the game in iFollow.

Gillingham are currently 19th in the League 1 table and boss Steve Evans is looking for his side to impress at the Kassam Stadium after, by how own admission, a slow start

“I did say at the start of the season it would take eight or nine games” he said. “We are just about getting there but we won’t get carried away. We got a point (against Charlton) but we are disappointed it should have been three. The 90 minutes deserved three points if you take it in totality.

“You get no respite, we have Oxford and then we go to Cambridge and then we follow it with Wigan who have spent more than the Bank of England. We respect it, Wigan have been a top club, been at the top level, won the FA Cup in recent years, I have nothing but respect for every team we play and we know for sure it will be tough at Oxford.”

Midfielder Dan Phillips, Ryan Jackson and Mustapha Carayol are injured but Stuart O’Keefe returns from a one match suspension.

Gills winger Alex McDonald is always assured of a warm welcome when he returns to the U’s.

Tickets are available from where you can print at home or download to your phone or you can call 01865 337533.
Although we can't open Olly's Den or the Family Room at the moment we do have two rooms available which fans should be aware of.

We 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 Andy Taylor for more details:

We also have an 'Isolation Room' available: if you start feeling unwell or show any covid symptoms after you arrive at the ground please tell the nearest steward who will help you to the isolation area where we can get you tested and take appropriate action.
The U's, Firoka and Farrs Catering recently reached agreement on a new deal and the U's now receive a share of the revenue from the catering in the concourses. We hope you enjoy the wide range of food and drink available at every home game and welcome feedback on catering at games: email with your thoughts and suggestions.
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.
The Football Special buses are running as usual for this game and provide a cheap and easy way of getting to and from the games. CLICK HERE for a full list of public transport
You can hear the whole game in iFollow in the UK (see it if overseas), with extended highlights or the full 90 minutes to see available later
You can also follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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