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Preview: Oxford

26 October 2018

Marcus Braddock gives us his preview ahead of Oxford

It's preview time again and this weekend Shrewsbury Town head to the dreaming spires of Oxford to face United. A quick look at the U's form shows that they haven't had too bad a season with five wins so far in League One. However, a closer inspection shows that three of those wins were in cup competitions. Take the cup wins away and things look much grimmer for U's manager Karl Robinson and his players. Between the start of the season and early October, Oxford earned just five points from a win and three draws. That's relegation inducing form but the good news for U's fans is that recent form has picked up considerably with one win and three draws, boosting their total by six points to eleven.

 Top Scorer

Goals have been a little hard to come by for Oxford with Ricky Holmes taking top spot after scoring three goals in League One and one from the FL trophy. The 31 year old is on loan from Sheffield United and has a bit of a history with Shrewsbury Town, scoring once against us as a Barnet player in 2011/12 and five times as a Charlton player in 2016/17!

 Clean Sheets

Three from away games and one at home. The away clean sheets all came from 0-0 draws and three of their four clean sheets were gained from their last four league games.

 Stats

Oxford's average points per home game is 0.86, the league average is 1.4.

The U's have lost 71% of their home games this season, more than double the League One average of 35%.

They've failed to score in one third of their 15 games this season.

So far this season Oxford have conceded an average of 3.14 goals per game at home.

 Goals

Oxford have barely scored in the first half of games at home with just three all season. The second half is a different story with seven scored, three from the fifteen minutes after half time and two in the final 15 minutes of the game.

It's a similar story for goals conceded with just four scored against them in the first half so far. The second half has seen the U's concede eight times with four scored in the last fifteen minutes.

 Referee

Martin Coy. Games this season:13. Yellow cards:30. Red cards:1.

Assistants: Lisa Rashid and Samuel Ogles.

Fourth official: Craig Taylor.

 Squad News

Oxford forwards Shandon Baptiste,Jon Obika and Rob Hall are all out of action this weekend.

Shaun Whalley will miss out again because of a calf injury.

 Summary

Oxford United celebrate their 125th year as a football club this weekend, so happy anniversary to them. Will the celebrations act as a catalyst for a home win? It might but their recent form suggests that they might not need it. Three clean sheets in from their last four league games with just 1 conceded in the remaining game. It's worrying form from our point of view but we had a great result on Tuesday which will do our confidence no harm. It's likely to be hard work against a team finding form but if we play as well as we did on Tuesday, there is a good chance of a point or more.

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MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 3 Shrewsbury Town 0

27 October 2018

Town lose out 0-3 to Oxford United.

Town: Joel Coleman, Ryan Haynes (Abo Eisa, 88), Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty (Josh Laurent, 64), Lee Angol (Aaron Amadi-Holloway, 52), Fejiri Okenabirhie, James Bolton, Luke Waterfall, Josh Emmanuel, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant.

Subs: Steve Arnold, Mat Sadler, Alex Gilliead, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Josh Laurent, Abo Eisa, Ryan Barnett.

Oxford: Simon Eastwood, Rob Dickie, Curtis Nelson, Cameron Brannagan, Ricky Holmes (Jamie Hanson, 84), Josh Ruffels, John Mousinho, Gavin Whyte, James Henry (Marcus Browne, 73), Jamie Mackie (Sam Smith, 90), Tony McManahon.

Subs: Scott Shearer, Luke Garbutt, Jamie Hanson, Sam Smith, Marcus Browne, Samir Carruthers, Sam Long.

Referee: Marin Coy

Assistants: Samuel Ogles and Lisa Rashid

Fourth official: Craig Taylor

Attendance: 8697 (594)

A disappointing afternoon for Town came to an end with Oxford United three nil winners.

Josh Ruffels, Gavin Whyte and Marcus Browne were the goal scorers for The U’s on the day.

Team News:

John Askey named the same starting 11 that beat Barnsley 3-1 on Tuesday. However, introduced to the bench for his return from injury was Abo Eisa, who replaced Lenell John-Lewis.

First Half:

The start of the game didn’t go to plan for Town. After an early stint of pressure, The U’s managed to win a corner and Josh Ruffels hung in the air well to poke home a header – giving the home side the lead after three minutes.

Oxford settled really well into the game and were starting to look comfortable. Despite not having many chances, The U’s took the second one they had. Gavin Whyte managed to latch onto a cross and head the ball into the corner past Joel Coleman – doubling the score line.

Despite the early deficit Town were still looking to play good football and Askey’s men were moving well and creating space, but the Oxford back line were doing a good job to seal out any dangerous play near their box.

During the latter stages of the half neither team were looking a threat. Town were trying to progress forward, but the home side were keeping Town at bay in the middle of the park.

Town went into the break two goals down after a disappointing half. Town moved the ball well, but Askey’s men were unable to create any chances at the other end of the pitch.

Second Half:

Town started the second-half in a more dangerous fashion. Town were doing well to trouble the Oxford defence and were putting good crosses into the box, but no Shrews head could be found.

Lee Angol was given a yellow card in the 50th minute for a late tackle on Whyte.

Luke Waterfall nearly halved the deficit for Town in the 65th minute but was denied by a great save from Simon Eastwood. Town’s defender latched onto the end of Ollie Norburn’s cross to fire a powerful header towards goal, but Eastwood got two strong hands to the ball to parry it away.

Town were the side looking the more likely outfit to score, but the home side’s defence remained strong and Town were struggling to find a way through the Oxford back line.

The score line was extended to three goals in the 86th minute. Norburn’s pass bounced off the referee and saw Oxford break on the counter-attack. Marcus Browne did well to run into the box and slip the ball into the corner of the goal.

The game came to an end with the home side the victors. United did well to take their chances, which gave the home side a three nil win.

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Ticket News

Oxford United Ticket Details

24 October 2018

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Kassam Stadium

Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 27th October – 3pm Kick-Off
Kassam Stadium
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One trip to Oxford United.

We have been sent an initial 522 tickets for the game.

To celebrate Oxford United's 125th year anniversary the club are doing special price offers for the game.

Ticket prices when purchased in advance

Adult - £12.50
Over 65 - £8
18-21 - £8
Under 18 - £8
Under 13 - £5
Under 7 - £1.25

Ticket prices when purchased on the day of the game

Adult - £24
Over 65 - £17
18-21 - £16
Under 18 - £14
Under 13 - £10
Under 7 - £6

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

Tickets can be purchased from the North Ticket Office adjacent to the visitor’s entrance on the day, CASH ONLY.

Any tickets put up for collection will be available from the North Stand ticket office.

There is free car parking for 2,000 vehicles on a first come first served basis at the stadium.  Free parking is also available on Grenoble Road adjacent to the stadium.  Supporters should however be warned not to park illegally on double yellow lines, adjacent grass verges our in residential areas covered by residents permit scheme.

Tickets go off sale at 3pm on Friday 26th of October. 

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

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