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The Big Match Preview: Oxford v Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of the match his weekend

20 December 2019

Team news, tickets and more!

Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 21st December 2019 (kick off 3pm)
Kassam Stadium
Referee: Lee Swabey

Gareth Ainsworth's side are on the road again! It's been a while since our last away game, but it's time for our second trip to Oxford United this calendar year. With 1800 travelling supporters set to make the trip to the Kassam, there's plenty to be excited about heading into the New Year and with a fairly busy festive period, it's the first of four difficult matches.

Fresh from a week's break following last Saturday's victory over Burton Albion, the Chairboys head into the encounter seven points clear at the top of the table - and come up against an Oxford side in fine form so far this season.

Karl Robinson's men came up against Premier League champions Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Despite losing 3-1, the home side gave a good account of themselves and welcomed the return of James Henry to the match day squad following his injury struggle this season.

The Chairboys are likely to come up against former players John Mousinho and Jordan Archer this weekend - with the latter signing last week as cover for the injured Simon Eastwood between the U's sticks.

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This match is ALL TICKET and the away section is SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold on the day of the game.

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Gareth Ainsworth has seen the return of key members of his squad in recent weeks - and is expected to have a fully fit selection to choose from at the Kassam.

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Wycombe will be in their light and dark blue quarters home strip for this fixture.

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There is a sizeable car park at the Kassam Stadium itself, with free parking in the areas for around 2,000 cars. If all those spaces have been taken by the time you arrive, then don’t be tempted to park on the grass verge as traffic wardens are particularly vigilant. Instead, there are some street parking options within walking distance.

Kassam Stadium Car Park OX4 4XP Free 0.1km
There is around 1,600 spaces at the stadium itself, but make sure you arrive a good 75-90 minutes before kick off to make sure you get parked. Also, be mindful that when parking here it can take slightly longer to get away after the game has finished.

Vue Cinema Car Park OX4 4XP Free 0.2km
If you aren’t able to get a space at the stadium, there are an additional 400 free car parking spaces at the adjacent Vue Cinema, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the stadium.

Grenoble Road (street parking) OX4 4XP Free 0.2km
If you miss out on the free parking at the stadium itself and the nearby cinema complex, there is street parking available on Grenoble Road itself, which is literally opposite the stadium. However, make sure you use the marked bays and cars are parked here at your own risk.
 
Oxford Station is around 4 miles away from the stadium, so walking isn’t a popular option amongst the vast majority of fans. The more popular options are to take a taxi which will cost between £10-£15, or take the bus. The Oxford Bus Company run the number 5 which goes into the City Centre, which then requires just a short walk to the stadium. Alternatively, there is also the 3A which runs directly to the stadium from the City Centre on Speedwell Street.
 
There are a number of away friendly pubs near the Kassam Stadium, all of which cater to different needs. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
 
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Match Reports

Report: Oxford 1-0 Wycombe

A narrow defeat at the Kassam Stadium sees the U's take all three points

21 December 2019

Wycombe Wanderers suffered their first league defeat in 14 weeks as James Henry’s first-half strike inflicted a frustrating 1-0 defeat against Oxford United.

The League One leaders went behind after 23 minutes when Henry managed to slot home a rebound from close range and Wycombe’s woes were compounded when Adebayo Akinfenwa was sent off just three minutes later.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side battled resiliently for the remaining 64 minutes with just 10-men, yet their best efforts for an equaliser were thwarted and the Chairboys were forced to leave the Kassam Stadium empty-handed.

Wanderers had fashioned their first chance of the game in the opening minute after Akinfenwa sent Scott Kashket on his way to investigate the Oxford defence, and the forward drifted inside onto his left foot before unleashing a testing effort that stung the hands of Jordan Archer.

With the Chairboys already boasting an injury list, Ainsworth was forced to make an early change with 10 minutes on the clock when Dominic Gape’s afternoon ended prematurely after an incident with Jamie Mackie and the midfielder could no longer continue.

Akinfenwa was the first name in referee Lee Swabey’s notebook as the striker looked to compete for a high aerial ball from Ryan Allsop and accidentally struck Chris Cadden in the face with his leading elbow.

An opportune moment broke for Oxford in the 23rd minute when Cameron Brannagan fired a low effort that Allsop tipped to his left and Henry pounced, and though Allsop was equal to Henry’s first effort, the ball fell kindly for the Oxford forward to strike again and he converted from a tight angle – duly ending our string of five consecutive league clean sheets.

In what was already proving to be a feisty encounter, the Wanderers were reduced to ten men after an altercation broke out following a nasty challenge from John Mousinho on Kashket. Akinfenwa joined the melee and appeared to grab hold of an Oxford player, forcing the referee to produce a second yellow card.

Despite the player disadvantage, Ainsworth’s men were combating their opponents well and proving to be a difficult obstacle to break down. On the 40-minute mark, Oxford’s Tariqe Fosu wiggled his way towards the penalty area and fired an effort through a sea of bodies that provoked an excellent reflex save from Allsop.

The Chairboys goalkeeper had to be at his acrobatic best just seconds later as a looping header from Mousinho had all but doubled Oxford’s advantage until Allsop’s outstretched left-hand managed to claw the ball away.

It was clear that the team needed to display all the fight and spirit that had earned many vital results so far this season, and it was their grit and determination that created an opportunity out of nothing in the 50th minute as Curtis Thompson won his 50/50 which allowed Ofoborh to play in Matt Bloomfield.

With defenders beginning to circle, Bloomfield broke through the challenge of Rob Dickie and raced towards goal but his low strike was saved by Archer.A volume of noise from the travelling supporters developed as the Wanderers began to assert a loose grip on the game, stretching the Oxford defence with balls out wide and into the channels whenever they regained possession.

Wycombe’s attacking influence continued to blossom and this time it was David Wheeler who tested the hands of Archer, with the midfielder rifling an effort that the Oxford keeper could only parry and the on-rushing Bloomfield was inches away from connecting with the follow-up.

The Chairboys still had to be attendant to their defensive duties, however, and vital communication between Sido Jombati and Anthony Stewart ensured Matty Taylor’s goal wouldn’t stand as he strayed into an offside position.

With the fourth official indicating there was just three additional minutes to play, the Wanderers launched a late assault and Jombati did well to flick Charles’ header goalbound, but there was not enough conviction in his shot to beat Archer.

Whilst the defeat leaves a sour taste in the mouth of Ainsworth’s side, results elsewhere mean that the Wanderers’ seven-point advantage at the top of the League One table is still intact over the Christmas period.

Wycombe XI: Allsop, Jombati, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape (Ofoborh, 10’), Thompson, Bloomfield (Aarons, 80’), Kashket (Smyth, 60’), Wheeler, Akinfenwa

Unused: Yates, Phillips, Freeman, Samuel

Oxford United XI: Archer, Cadden, Dickie, Mousinho, Ruffels, Brannagan (Moore, 85’), Baptiste, Gorrin (Sykes, 45’), Henry, Mackie (Taylor, 68’), Fosu

Unused: Stevens, Hall, Long, Agyei

Attendance: 10,183 (1,803 Wycombe supporters)

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT: Oxford (A, 21/12)

Wanderers have sold 1,825 tickets.

2 December 2019

Tickets for Wanderers' League 1 fixture at Oxford United on Saturday 21st December (k.o. 3pm) have now sold out - a total of 1,825 seats.

Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Adams Park until 1pm on the day before the game, or from the home club's stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game

To book coach travel, visit http://www.owwsa.co.uk.

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