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Oxford United Preview

25 August 2017

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the weekends game at Oxford

Please don't wake me up I seem to be dreaming, my favourite team is exciting to watch, we're in the top four and still we're signing promising new talent! This weekends game at Oxford will be our toughest test yet as they are just below us in the league and have also been spared the exertions of midweek cup football. Oxford know that a win this weekend will see them sail above us on goal difference. We know that even if we lose this one, we should still be in the top seven as there are only three teams below us that could overtake us this weekend. Who knew it would get this confusing four games in?

Form

Oxfords form so far has been pretty good, their first game of the season was away at Oldham and the U's won 2-0 with goals from Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffels.  A 4-3 home defeat in the EFL Cup came next with Cheltenham, a bit of a heartbreaker this one, Oxford were 3-1 up at half time with debut goals from Jon Obika and Xemi Fernandez and third before half time for Marvin Johnson. Their first home league game of the season was against newcomers Portsmouth who they beat 3-0 with goals from Wes Thomas,  Josh Ruffels and Gino Van Kessel who is on loan from Slavia Prague. Oxfords most recent game was last weeks 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe.

The Manager

Josep Clotet Ruiz, Or Pep Clotet as he's more commonly known is a manager with plenty of experience having coached in Spain, Sweden, Norway and England. His English experience started when Brian Laudrupp joined Swansea and appointed Clotet as a consultant. Clotet stayed with the South Wales club when Garry Monk took over and was promoted to assistant manager. When Monk moved on to Leeds, Clotet followed as assistant and when Monk left his post, Pep wasn't far behind. Clotet was appointed as manager for Oxford in the closed season and has so far won twice, lost once and drawn once.

Top Scorers

Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffles are top scorers with two goals each, which they scored, in the same games as each other. Oxford born midfielder Ruffles started his career with Coventry as a trainee but he only made a handful of appearances for the Sky Blues before moving to his hometown club in 2013. Since then he's made well over 100 appearances with five goals scored including two this season. Wes Thomas is well known to regular lower league supporters and according to Wikipedia he's been signed 18 times since 2005 although that includes loan moves to the clubs he later signed for. In his early career he played “non” league football for the likes of Thurrock and Waltham Forest. His most successful period came at Cheltenham where he scored 18 goals in 41 league games. He's spent time with Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Birmingham and Rotherham to name four of his clubs and has been with Oxford since 2016.

Clean Sheets

Oldham 0-2 Oxford 5thAugust

Oxford 3-0 Portsmouth 12thAugust

Referee

Nicholas Kinseley from Essex.
Games this season: 1. Yellow Cards: 3. Red cards: 0.
Games last season: 31. Yellow cards: 113. Red cards: 6.

Assistants: Michael Webb and Matt Eva

Fourth Official: Christopher Husband

 Squad News

Oxford-Ivo Pekalski and Charlie Raglan on the long-term injured list.

Town: New signings Omar Beckles and Ben Godfrey are both available.

Prediction

We seem to do well every time I predict a 2-2 draw so that's what I'm going to do this week too. I think that Oxford could provide us with stern opposition, they've signed some rather decent looking players this time around and are going pretty well. Maybe the best time to play them is right now when the new manager is still finding his feet and the team are still a little unfamiliar to each other. The most encouraging result from a Shrewsbury point of view is the home defeat to Cheltenham. They surrendered a two-goal lead against a club in a lower division who have only won once this season. So even if we go a goal down, we know we can come back and we know that Oxford has conceded late on.

Oxford United 2-2 Shrewsbury Town

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Oxford United 1 Town 1

26 August 2017

Oxford: 1 Simon Eastwood, 2 Christian Ribeiro, 4 Mile Williamson, 5 Curtis Nelson (c), 7 Rob Hall (18 Joe Rothwell, 58), 8 Ryan Ledson, 10 Jack Payne, 14 Josh Ruffels, 17 James Henry (20 Jon Obika 58), 21 Ricardinho, 39 Gino Van Kessel

Subs: 13 Scott Shearer, 3 Dwight Tiendalli, 6 Aaron Martin, 19 Xemi Fernandez, 35 Canice Carroll

Town: 1 Dean Henderson, 4 Ben Godfrey (14 Lenell John-Lewis 82), 5 Mat Sadler, 7 Shaun Whalley, 8 Abu Ogogo, 9 Carlton Morris (45 Stefan Payne 72), 12 Junior Brown, 13 James Bolton, 20 Jon Nolan, 22 Aristote Nsiala, 23 Alex Rodman

Subs: 15 Craig MacGillivray, 6 Omar Beckles, 10 Louis Dodds, 11 Arthur Gnahoua, 17 Ebou Adams,

Ref: Nicholas Kinseley
Assistants: Michael Webb and Matt Eva
Fourth Official: Christopher Husband

Attendance: 7120 (442)

Paul Hurst makes the one change from the side that started the home win against Rochdale last week, in comes new loan signing Ben Godfrey with Louis Dodds dropping down the bench.

Oxford were looking strong from the first whistle and were putting the pressure onto the Town goal.  The ball was played around the box and switched left and right to try and find an opening but the Town defence were doing the work needed.

With just over 5 minutes on the clock Town were starting to see more of the ball around the Oxford goal.  Whalley was looking dangerous, Godfrey was starting to stamp his mark on the game and the visitors were creating a number of good openings.

Town were wracking up the corners and Nsiala’s head met another good delivery from Whalley, but the header was wide of the mark.

On 20 minutes the ref had his first big decision of the game, Town defended an Oxford attack and then countered, the ball was with Nolan on the halfway line and he turned and drove downfield, Whalley had made a great run to beat the offside trap and Nolan played Whalley in, he drove for goal and was about to shoot when Ricardinho put a shoulder challenge in, Whalley went to ground but ref Kinseley was on the spot and saw nothing amiss and played on.

Town were getting some good chances and picked up another free kick in a good area.  Whalley played a ball into the box to find Nolan in space, he drove a lovely low shot into the near post but Eastwood was again equal to it and got down quickly.

Town got another good chance near the half-hour mark after Whalley found the Oxford defence sleeping, he nicked the ball away and played to Morris, he played back to Whalley who had found space and he crossed to the back post, Rodman headed it down to Morris who turned and curled in a shot that was just wide of the top corner.

Oxford’s chances had dried up but they were still looking dangerous as an attacking force, a slip from Town let Van Kessel in on goal, he looked to get away but Ben Godfrey slid in with a long leg to nick the ball away and Henderson cleared down field.

Town were creating the better chances and were looking to pass the ball, they strung together a number of crisp passes, the ball was with Brown who played to Nolan he put it back to Brown who had found space, he hung up a ball into the box that Rodman looked odds on to get, but he was blocked off and Oxford managed to snuff out the danger.

Town created another good opening after a quick attack which saw Nolan play Rodman in behind the Oxford defence down the left, he held the ball up and then played it into find Morris, his first shot was blocked and the second was deflected behind for another Town corner.

Half time: 0-0

The second half started with no changes for either side.

Town carried on where the first half ended with a good attacking performance that took the game to the home side.  Chances were created but Town couldn’t get that one shot that would give them the goal they deserved.

The best chance came after Nolan was played into space, his pace took him away, he had options with Morris and Whalley with him, he drove into the box and fired in a low shot that was just wide of the near post.

Oxford made a double change and that gave then a bit of a boost, they created their best opening after the ball found Obika in on goal, he shot low to Henderson’s right but the Town keeper was equal to it with a great reaction save.

There was a big decision for ref Kinseley on 65 minutes, the ball dropped outside the Oxford box and Eastwood came for it, Morris was quickly in to pressure and got a foot to the ball to turn it goal wards, it looped up high and dropped on the line, then bounced up, hit the underside of the bar and came back out, it looked like it had gone over initially but ref Kinseley and his assistant were on the spot and waved away the appeals for a goal.

Town were well on top and created another good opening after  Nolan played Rodman in on goal, he hit in a good low shot that Eastwood was equal to and parried it away, but Bolton who was nearest couldn’t get to the ball to turn it home.

It was the home side grabbed the lead on 75 minutes against the run of play after Town conceded a corner.  The ball came into the Town box and the visitors couldn’t clear, it bounced around and eventually came to Van Kessel who bundled the ball home to make it 1-0.

Paul Hurst made a couple of changes close to each other with Stefan Payne on for Carlton Morris, and then minutes later Lenell John-Lewis on to replace Ben Godfrey.

The changes combined well to get Town back on level terms on 82 minutes, it started with Rodman winning the ball and then getting to the by-line, he looped the ball to the back post to find John-Lewis, he got the ball down and shot, it was blocked but then there was Payne in the right place to calmly turn it home to make it 1-1.

Town had a great chance to win it in injury time after Bolton played Whalley away down the right, he took it forward and then played a lovely ball to find John-Lewis in space in the Oxford box, he cut it back to set-up Payne who shot low but somehow Nelson got in a foot to turn it behind.

It was end to end with first Oxford getting in a shot that Henderson saved well, then it was Town’s chance with John-Lewis playing in Payne but again an Oxford body got in the way to block.

Full-time: 1-1

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Oxford United Tickets

20 August 2017

Ticket details for League trip to Oxford United

Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town

Saturday 26th August 2017 – kick-off 3pm

Grenoble Road

SKY Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to Grenoble Road to take on Oxford United.

Tickets will be priced at -

Adults - £24

Over 65 - £17

Students (with valid ID card) - £16

18-21 - £16

Under 18s - £14

Under 13s - £10

Under 7s - £6

Disabled Supporters
Wheelchairs - £24 including personal assistant

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant ticket price and are entitled to a PA ticket free as long as the disabled supporter is on medium to high rate disability allowance.

Tickets will go off sale on Friday 25th August at 3pm.

Town fans can pay on the day but it is cash only sales.

 Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Greenhous Meadow ticket office 

•    By calling 01743 273943 

•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

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