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Big Preview: Oxford United vs Southend United

13 April 2018

Oxford United vs Southend United

Blues are back on the road yet again as they travel to the Kassam Stadium to take on Karl Robinson’s Oxford United tomorrow afternoon.

Chris Powell’s side has covered a fair few miles in recent weeks and they’ll take a lot of heart from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers.

Oxford have somehow managed to find themselves in a bit of a relegation battle scrap having picked up just two points from the last 15 available, leaving them five points above the drop zone.

An agonising 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood will not have helped the feeling at the Kassam, with Robinson yet to celebrate a win since taking over the U’s last month.

Oxford United: LDLDLW

Southend United: LWLWDD

25th November 2017: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 1 (Thomas) Oxford United

14th February 2017: Oxford United 0 vs 2 (Fortune, Robinson) Southend United

6th December 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 (Maguire) Oxford United (Oxford won 4-3 on penalties)

Once again, Southend reported no new injury concerns after last weekend’s defeat at Blackburn meaning boss Chris Powell has a number of options ahead of the visit to Oxford.

Theo Robinson will be looking for a return to front-line; the striker was left on the bench in favour of a 4-5-1 formation at Ewood Park but scored in his previous start against Gillingham.  

Sam Mantom was brought in to bolster the midfield against Rovers and he’ll be hopeful of keeping his place with Powell having a plethora of midfielders to choose from come Saturday.

Oxford are unlikely to risk Curtis Nelson despite the fact the defender returned from injury in mid-week to play 80-minutes for United’s development side.

Joe Rothwell is also doubtful for U’s after he limped off during Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town, although Robinson has hinted he may take a punt on the midfielder. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“They have some good footballers. I’ve always looked at them throughout the course of a season, and there’s two or three players that can really handle the football.

“They’ll play in a certain style and they had the heartbreak of an injury-time winner against Fleetwood, which is never great because we had the game watched, Kevin Keen went and said they performed pretty well.

“We know they have quality in certain areas and we have to make sure that we don’t let them or allow them to build and build their confidence because that could make it a tough game.”

Karl Robinson, Oxford United Manager:

“All in all it [Tuesday night against Fleetwood] was probably one of our biggest performances of the year. We have players coming back from injury as well so we are in a positive place right now.

“The fans have been brilliant and I am pleased we could put in a performance like that for them. But let’s go get a win on Saturday for them.

“I would probably have taken four points this week, especially with our goal difference. So let’s go out there, put in another performance and get that win we need.”

We have sold over 530 tickets for the game against Karl Robinson's side.

Tickets will be available on the day, cash only, from the North East Ticket Office at the same price as the advance sales.

 

Advance & Matchday prices 

Adults

£24.00

Seniors (65+)

£17.00

Student

£16.00

18-21

£16.00

Under 18

£14.00

Under 13

£10.00

Under 7

£6.00

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Match Report: Oxford 2-0 Southend

14 April 2018

Oxford United recorded their first win under new boss Karl Robinson as a disappointing afternoon for Blues ended with a 2-0 defeat at the Kassam Stadium.

It was a nightmare of a first-half that killed it for Chris Powell’s side who went behind in just the sixth minute when James Henry found the net after Ryan Ledson had been denied.

Southend then lost two defenders in quick succession with both Ben Coker and Michael Turner going off injured and Blues’ reshuffled back-line conceded a second before the break through Ricardinho.

Dru Yearwood hit the post just before the interval and Simon Cox was denied by a superb reaction save from Simon Eastwood in the second-half but Blues were unable to break down the home side as Southend failed to score for the third successive game on the road. 

The win for Oxford sees Karl Robinson pick up his first maximum since taking over as Yellows boss last month while also ending Oxford’s 10-game winless run against Southend in all competitions.

Defeat for Chris Powell’s side meant Southend’s miserable away form continued with only League Two-bound Bury having a worse record on the road this season.  

Having played so well away at promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers last weekend, Powell will have been disappointed to see such a contrast in performance just seven days later.

Powell was made to make one enforced change following that defeat to Blackburn with Anthony Wordsworth coming in to replace Sam Mantom who picked up a thigh injury in training on Friday.

Oxford themselves were coming into this game off the back of a 1-0 defeat – at home to Fleetwood – and they made two changes with Jon Obika and James Henry coming in, and it was the latter who gave the home side an early lead.

Seconds after Ryan Ledson felt his far-post header had crossed the line, Henry picked up the ball inside the penalty area before shooting across the face of Mark Oxley and hitting the back of the net with less than six minutes showing on the clock.

Blues responded well to going behind but were dealt a double blow within the space of a couple of minutes as both Ben Coker and Michael Turner were forced off with injuries before half an hour had even been played, with Elvis Bwomono and Anton Ferdinand coming on.

And Southend’s reshuffled back-line were immediately put to the test as the home side won back-to-back corners. The first saw Rob Dickie’s far-post header parried away by Oxley before John Mousinho hit the side netting from a tight angle.

It looked like it would remain 1-0 at the interval but Karl Robinson’s side doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time when Obika teed up the run of Ricardinho whose shot was deflected through the legs of Oxley to give the home side a two-goal advantage. 

It had been a nightmare of a first-half for the visitors and not even Dru Yearwood’s curling effort could lift Southend before the interval as he saw his strike come off the inside of the post to ensure the deficit remained at two.

September against Fleetwood was the last time Blues scored a second-half goal away from home and it looked like they were going to be shut out again when Jason Demetriou’s cut-back found Simon Cox, only for the striker to be denied by a superb reaction save from Eastwood.

Southend had no choice but to break that scoring duck if they were to salvage anything from the Kassam but they almost fell further behind when Dickie’s header was saved by Oxley before Mousinho struck the foot of the post with the rebound.

Cox went close to making it a nervy finish for the home side with a scissor kick that flew over the crossbar and Shayon Harrison, brought on as a sub for Michael Kightly, forced a save from Eastwood in injury time but it was Oxford who deservedly took the three points.

Oxford United XI: Eastwood, Ledson, Thomas (van Kessel 87’), Brannagan, Dickie, Henry (Mehmeti 90+2’), Kane, Obika, Ricardinho, Mowatt (Nelson 79’), Mousinho (C). Subs Not Used: Shearer, Martin, Carroll, Napa

Blues XI: Oxley, Coker (C)(Bwomono 25’), Wordsworth, Turner (Ferdinand 29’), Kightly (Harrison 65’), Timlin, Cox, McLaughlin, Yearwood, Demetriou, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Ladapo, Robinson, Wright

Referee: Darren Handley

Assistants: Ben Cobb & Lisa Rashid

Fourth Official: Matt Foley

Scorers:

Oxford United: James Henry 6’, Ricardinho 45+2’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Oxford United: Rob Dickie 17’, Ryan Ledson 53’, Alex Mowatt 77’

Southend United: None

Attendance: 7,332

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Oxford Tickets Off Sale Friday

All the ticket information you need ahead of Saturday's game

12 April 2018

Tickets for Blues' game against Oxford United come off sale at 3pm Friday.

We have sold over 530 tickets for the game against Karl Robinson's side.

Tickets will be available on the day, cash only, from the North East Ticket Office at the same price as the advance sales (prices below).

Blues fans will be based in the North Stand for the game. There are three wheelchair user tickets, with a free assistant ticket if required - these are charged at the age relevant price.

Prices:

 

Advance & Matchday prices

Adults

£24.00

Seniors (65+)

£17.00

Student

£16.00

18-21

£16.00

Under 18

£14.00

Under 13

£10.00

Under 7

£6.00

There are 2,000 free car parking spaces available, but these are on a first come first served basis.

For Oxford travel information click here.

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