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The Big Match Preview: Oxford vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

29 March 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Oxford United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 30th March 2019, k.o. 3pm
Kassam Stadium
Referee: Simon Hooper

Wanderers end a two-week wait to return to action with a derby day encounter with Oxford United in front of a sold-out away allocation, looking for three points to leap above the U's and stretch the gap between themselves and the bottom four.

The form guide favours the hosts, who've climbed out of the relegation places with four wins from six, conceding just twice in that time, while the Chairboys are without a victory since January having been unable to hold on to leads in each of their last three outings.

However, the fortnight break has provided an opportunity to draw a line under that record and focus now on an eight-game mini-season in which they they face five relegation candidates, ensuring their destiny remains very much in their own hands.

Their last visit to the Kassam Stadium saw Oxford clinch promotion to League 1 with a 3-0 victory on the final day of the 2015/16 season, but Blues fans have fonder memories of the previous trip along the M40 which resulted in a 2-1 away triumph in 2014 which sent Gareth Ainsworth's men to the League 2 summit.

Tickets
It's a sell-out! There are no more tickets available for Chairboys fans.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 5pm on Friday, or from the Kassam Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

In the event that tickets ordered for postal delivery haven't arrived, fans should contact the Wanderers' ticket office on 01494 441118 from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, or visit the Oxford ticket on arrival at the stadium with proof of purchase.

Team News
Oxford could be without winger Gavin Whyte while boss Karl Robinson also hinted that Jordan Graham and Rob Dickie could be injury doubts.

Wycombe are missing defender Darius Charles through injury and striker Nathan Tyson due to suspension, but all other squad members are in contention to feature.

Kit
Wanderers will be in their regular light and dark blue strip.

Man in the middle
Simon Hooper was the referee of the Chairboys' play-off final in 2015, and has mostly officiated in the top two tiers this season, showing 78 yellow and four red cards in 25 games in total.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: OX4 4XP

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the westbound M40, exiting at junction 8 taking the A40 towards Oxford. The stadium is well signposted, with brown football signs pointing the way. At the Headington roundabout (with McDonalds on the left) bear left onto the Oxford Ring Road (A4142). Continue over the Cowley flyover and go straight on at the Littlemore roundabout. At the next roundabout (with Sainsburys on the left), take the left turning (signed Reading / Oxford Science Park) onto the A4074. Keep following the brown football signs and you eventually come to the ground on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 29 (approx. journey time 40 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There are plenty of FREE car parking spaces around the stadium and at the adjacent Ozone cinema and bowling alley complex. They do tend to fill up quickly so arrive in plenty of time. As expected, it can take a time to exit after the match. Free parking is also available along Grenoble Road adjacent to the stadium. Supporters are reminded not to park illegally on double yellow lines, adjacent grass verges, or in residential areas covered by residents permit schemes.

Using the train?
This is certainly not recommended as Oxford railway station is over four miles away. If you do end up at the station (or in the City Centre) you can catch Oxford Bus Company Service, Number 5 (or Stagecoach service Number 1) that run to Knights Road in Blackbird Leys Road. This is just a short walk from the ground. The service runs every five minutes. The journey from the station to the stadium usually takes around 30 minutes.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,500 (All seated). Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground. This stand is shared with home supporters. The facilities within the stadium and the views of the playing action are excellent, and there is also good leg room. The atmosphere within the ground is not bad, with the home fans in the Oxford Mail Stand doing their best to raise it.

Spare time on your hands?
The adjacent ‘Priory' pub closed a few years ago and there is a very limited choice of bars near to the stadium. One possibility is ‘The George’ at Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsburys). The stadium is about a 10-minute walk away. Meanwhile there is a cinema and bowling alley complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone. Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also has SKY TV and a fast food outlet. Traditional pubs in walking distance (20-25 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium are the Catherine Wheel and the Kings Arms in Sandford-on-Thames. Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground.

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Match Reports

Report: Oxford 2-1 Wycombe

Blues defeated at the Kassam Stadium.

30 March 2019

Josh Ruffels scored a dramatic late winner as Oxford came from behind to continue Wycombe’s winless run as the Chairboys succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Wanderers opened the scoring after 20 minutes through skipper Adam El-Abd before Jerome Sinclair equalised for the Yellows ten minutes later.

Joe Jacobson then pulled wide from the penalty spot after Alex Samuel had been brought down in the area towards the end of the first-half.

Yves Ma-Kalambay dived to his left to ensure Sam Long’s effort stayed out before Marcus Bean saw a free header aimed straight at Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal.

Rob Dickie thought he had headed the U’s in front but for Dominic Gape’s goal-line clearance and a minute later, Adebayo Akinfenwa saw a header rattle the crossbar.

Seconds before the final whistle was to blow, Ruffels then produced a moment of quality to see an effort soar into the top corner, leaving Ma-Kalambay no chance in another moment of heartache for the Blues.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line-up as Akinfenwa and Nick Freeman stepped in for Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke Bolton.

The Chairboys were coming into the game having not scored in three consecutive matches against their rivals and it was a record they wanted to see the back of as they looked to threaten 15 minutes into the first-half.

El-Abd’s long punt forward from just inside the Oxford half was aimed towards Akinfenwa. The striker worked some space and chested the ball down for Freeman who saw a left-footed effort deflect just wide in what looked a promising start from Ainsworth’s side.

A minute later Freeman then had another chance to open up on goal as he cut out a loose ball just inside his own half before darting towards Eastwood’s goal, but his tame effort was fired straight at the U’s goalkeeper.

Wanderers were looking lively and they were soon rewarded with a goal for their efforts.

Samuel was fouled down the right-hand side which allowed Jacobson the chance to swing the ball into the box. Once floated in, Eastwood appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball and found himself caught in no mans land. The ball ricocheted off a number of bodies at the far-post before falling into the path of El-Abd who eased the ball home with his back to goal.

That goal from the Blues ended their goalless run against Karl Robinson’s side and spurred a reaction from the hosts who were beginning to pile on pressure of their own but to no avail as the Chairboys managed to snuff out any danger that came their way.

That was until the half-hour mark when the Yellows soon found an equaliser.

A long diagonal ball found Marcus Browne on the right and the attacker looked to take on Jacobson. He opted outside of the left-back before fizzing across a low ball that was initially missed by James Henry but fell to the feet of Sinclair to fire in from close range.

Wanderers will be disappointed in how easily they let their lead slip but were soon on the front foot once more.

Freeman played in a dangerous cross that the Oxford defence allowed to bounce causing themselves problems but the ball just wouldn’t fall for a Wycombe shirt.

Minutes later, the Chairboys were awarded a penalty after Samuel was brought down in the area by Ruffels. Jacobson stepped up to take but couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity as his effort fired low and wide of the right post.

The tie was perfectly poised at 1-1 at the break with both sides looking to take the game by the scruff of the neck after the interval.

The home side were the first to create an opening when Long found space on the edge of the box before forcing a low save by Ma-Kalambay just a minute into the half.

Five minutes later, Bean had his head in his hands after his free header from a free-kick was unable to test Eastwood.

Both sides were then unfortunate not to take the lead within a minute of one another as Dickie’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Gape before the Chairboys went straight down the other end only for Akinfenwa’s looping header to rattle the crossbar.

The final 30 minutes saw the game ebb and flow both ways but neither side could find that clinical edge in front of goal.

That was until the fourth minute of stoppage time when Oxford broke down the left-hand side. The ball was cut back to the edge of the area for Ruffels who curled a strike that flew into the top corner.

It was late heartbreak once again for the Blues, a feeling that is becoming all too common.

Ainsworth’s side will be looking to stop the rot next Saturday when they take on promotion pushing Portsmouth at Adams Park.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Oxford (A, 30/03) - SOLD OUT

Follow the Chairboys to the Kassam Stadium.

6 March 2019

Tickets are no longer on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Oxford United on Saturday 30th March (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers sold out their total allocation of around 1,800 tickets for the fixture and there are no more available.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 5pm on Friday, or from the Kassam Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.

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

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: OX4 4XP

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the westbound M40, exiting at junction 8 taking the A40 towards Oxford. The stadium is well signposted, with brown football signs pointing the way. At the Headington roundabout (with McDonalds on the left) bear left onto the Oxford Ring Road (A4142). Continue over the Cowley flyover and go straight on at the Littlemore roundabout. At the next roundabout (with Sainsburys on the left), take the left turning (signed Reading / Oxford Science Park) onto the A4074. Keep following the brown football signs and you eventually come to the ground on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 29 (approx. journey time 40 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There are plenty of FREE car parking spaces around the stadium and at the adjacent Ozone cinema and bowling alley complex. They do tend to fill up quickly so arrive in plenty of time. As expected, it can take a time to exit after the match. Free parking is also available along Grenoble Road adjacent to the stadium. Supporters are reminded not to park illegally on double yellow lines, adjacent grass verges, or in residential areas covered by residents permit schemes.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 13.00. Travel prices are £11 for adults, £10 for seniors, and £9 for juniors. The price for on-members is £16 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). Non-members are required to pay at the time of booking their seat.  If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 28th March at 5pm. If booking by email please make sure you receive an acknowledgment.   

Using the train?
This is certainly not recommended as Oxford railway station is over four miles away. If you do end up at the station (or in the City Centre) you can catch Oxford Bus Company Service, Number 5 (or Stagecoach service Number 1) that run to Knights Road in Blackbird Leys Road. This is just a short walk from the ground. The service runs every five minutes. The journey from the station to the stadium usually takes around 30 minutes.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,500 (All seated). Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground. This stand is shared with home supporters. The facilities within the stadium and the views of the playing action are excellent, and there is also good leg room. The atmosphere within the ground is not bad, with the home fans in the Oxford Mail Stand doing their best to raise it.

Spare time on your hands?
The adjacent ‘Priory' pub closed a few years ago and there is a very limited choice of bars near to the stadium. One possibility is ‘The George’ at Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsburys). The stadium is about a 10-minute walk away. Meanwhile there is a cinema and bowling alley complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone. Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also has SKY TV and a fast food outlet. Traditional pubs in walking distance (20-25 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium are the Catherine Wheel and the Kings Arms in Sandford-on-Thames. Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground.

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