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PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED (H)

10 February 2020

OXFORD United will be tomorrow's visitors to the Pirelli Stadium, in the second of back-to-back home games for the Brewers (Tuesday 11 February, kick-off 7.45pm).

Tomorrow evening's fixture will see a collection for the Police Cadets, and Brewers and U's fans are asked to give generously when greeted by the volunteer collectors at both the turnstiles and main reception. 

HEAD 2 HEAD

Now in the second half of the 2019-20 season, the Brewers can recall on their previous encounter with Oxford United - a 4-2 away victory at the Kassam Stadium in mid-August. 

That Tuesday night away match saw the Brewers lead through a first league goal for Burton Albion from Jake Buxton, before falling 2-1 behind early in the second half. However, step-up Scotty Fraser, who secured the three points for the Brewers with a fine hat-trick.

The Brewers have met the U's on 14 occasions, winning six and drawing five. The largest winning margin between the two sides came on the 15 September 2012, when Albion came out 4-0 winners at the Pirelli Stadium in our first play-off season of League Two.

BREWERS TEAM NEWS

Brewers manager Nigel Clough saw Stephen Quinn come off against Gillingham with a groin strain, whilst Jake Buxton missed out entirely due to a rib injury. Scott Fraser was on the bench owing to a calf problem. 

The only certain omission from the squad at this stage is Oliver Sarkic, who will miss out due to suspension, having picked up two yellow cards and a sending off in the match on Saturday.

OXFORD UNITED NEWS

The U's were unfortunate last Tuesday to come away the losers of an exciting FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Premier League Newcastle United. Oxford United took the Magpies to extra time and were only defeated thanks to a superb 116th minute winner from Allan Saint Maximin.

Their most recent result in Sky Bet League One came on Saturday, where they were at the end of a 4-0 loss to high-scorers Peterborough United. 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Staffordshire-based referee Stephen Martin will be in charge of our game tomorrow night, assisted by Mark Dwyer and Michael George, with Simon Mather the Fourth Official. 

Martin has officiated 24 matches this season, but only two of those have come in League One. Three yellow cards were issued between those two games, although Ipswich Town vs Blackpool saw Martin award two penalties.

In total, Martin has awarded 51 yellow cards, one converted to red, and also one straight dismissal, as well as a total of four penalties overall.

TICKET NEWS

Both home and away fans will be able to pay in cash on the turnstiles when they arrive at the game tomorrow.

Terrace access will be available in the UK Waterproofing Solutions Stand (Popside) and the Don Amott Stand (West) for home fans, whilst Oxford United fans will be able to spectate from both the Russell Roof Tiles Stand (away terrace) and in the away section of the Carling Stand (seated). Fans - both home and away - wishing to have a seat in the Carling Stand will be required to purchase a ticket from the ticket office beforehand.

Please note that prices increase by £2 each on matchday, so anyone wishing to attend can save by purchasing their tickets in advance before 5pm today.

Earlybird prices are:

Seats
Adults: £22
Senior (65-plus): £20
Young Person (17-22): £20
Under-17: £12
Under-13: £12

Terrace
Adults: £18
Senior (65-plus): £16
Young Person (17-22): £13
Under-17: £5
Under-13: £5

Call 01283 565938, visit the club shop during normal opening hours or go to www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/tickets.

iFollow BREWERS

Tomorrow’s match will be available to stream on iFollow Brewers, for those who are unable to make it to the Pirelli Stadium.

£10 will get you a live stream of the match, with full audio commentary and on-screen graphics, so that you can enjoy the game from the comfort of home and on the device of your choice. Click here for more information.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: OXFORD UNITED (H)

11 February 2020

ALBION had to settle for a share of the spoils for the second home game running as Matty Taylor's stoppage time equaliser denied them all three points in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Pirelli

The Brewers led twice through a deflected Lucas Akins strike early on before Jamie Murphy's fine strike had them back in front after substitute Dan Agyei had equaliser within a minute of coming on.

But it was not to be for Albion who had chances to clear the danger late on but were punished when Rob Dickie's driven effort into the box was turned home by Taylor inside the six-yard area to rescue a point for Karl Robinson's men.

Albion showed five changes to the line-up that took a point from Saturdays draw with Gillingham. With Oliver Sarkic serving his one match ban after seeing red against the Gills. Nathan Broadhead returned to the side for the first time in almost a month as his replacement. Both Stephen Quinn and Colin Daniel missed out on the squad altogether with niggles picked up in the weekend's game and John-Joe O'Toole also had a niggling injury but made the bench. In came Kieran Wallace for his first start since December and Reece Hutchinson at left back whilst Scott Fraser returned to the midfield in place of Joe Powell who had to settle for a place amongst the substitutes. Richard Nartey also returned to partner Conor Shaughnessy at the back.

Jamie Murphy managed the first attempt on goal inside two minutes, a driven John Brayford cross headed down and goalwards but causing Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal no real issues at the far post.

Oxford could claim a good chance themselves on nine minutes when the second of two quick corners for the visitors was whipped into the box by Liam Kelly and the visitors were left to wonder how nobody managed to get a finishing touch to prod it home.

Ryan Edwards showed plenty of energy to snap up a loose clearance from former Brewers skipper John Mousinho to stride forward and send a dipping shot just over Eastwood's bar. Oxford responded with a swift break down their right and a whipped in cross was met by Nathan Holland arriving in the box but he was unable to steer a first time effort on goal to test Kieran O'Hara.

Albion began to ask questions of the Oxford defence again on 18 minutes with Brayford twice seeing efforts inside the box blocked before James Henry managed to hack the ball clear after a sustained spell of pressure in and around the United box.

Oxford were forced into a change with Liam Kelly replaced by Alex Gorrin and within a minute Albion were in front as the visitors reorganised. Edwards raced away after Broadhead had won possession back high up the pitch and his low cross allowed AKINS to divert the ball beyond a wrong-footed Eastwood thanks to a kindly deflection off defender Rob Dickie.

The visitors, to their credit, kept trying to play some neat passing football to try and open up the Brewers in search of an equaliser but they struggled to create anything to seriously put O'Hara's goal under threat.

Gorrin picked up a yellow card after Edwards nicked the ball off him and the Spaniard tripped him to stop him in his tracks. Broadhead was unable to do anything meaningful with the resulting 25 yard free kick to further punish the U's.

United almost got a slice of luck when a shot was blocked and fell nicely to Holland, his side foot effort kicked away by O'Hara just when it looked to be heading for the bottom corner of his net.

Oxford thought they had shouts for a penalty on the stroke of half time but referee Stephen Martin adjudged Matty Taylor to have dived and produced a yellow card for the frontman.

Half time: Burton Albion 1-0 Oxford United

Oxford were quickly going in search of the equaliser upon the restart and James Henry flashed a long range effort wide of the target four minutes in with O'Hara at full stretch to watch it go outside the post.

It was the start of a sustained period of pressure from the visitors who started to pass the ball around with increasing confidence as Albion struggled to find any meaningful spells of possession to relieve the pressure.

Oxford made a change to introduce striker AGYEI and it paid quick dividends with the former Burnley man racing through to drill a low shot that O'Hara got something on but could not prevent from bouncing in.

Broadhead last until just past the hour mark before giving way to Joe Sbarra who slotted in on the right hand side as a direct replacement.

Albion had just sent on Joe Powell for the unusually quiet Scott Fraser and it was not long before Albion had retaken the lead. Powell may not have had a direct involvement but Albion's two other January signings certainly did. A raking ball out from the back from Shaughnessy picked out MURPHY who showed superb control before driving into the box and firing low inside Eastwood's near post.

Albion looked set fgor a first win in five games until TAYLOR showed all of his predatory instincts to turn the ball home at the death.

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Ticket News

OXFORD UNITED: CASH ON THE TURNSTILES

10 February 2020

FANS will be able to pay in cash on the turnstiles for tomorrow's game against Oxford United (Tuesday 11 February, kick-off 7.45pm).

Both home and away fans will be able to pay in cash on the turnstiles when they arrive at the game tomorrow.

Terrace access will be available in the UK Waterproofing Solutions Stand (Popside) and the Don Amott Stand (West) for home fans, whilst Oxford United fans will be able to spectate from both the Russell Roof Tiles Stand (away terrace) and in the away section of the Carling Stand (seated). Fans - both home and away - wishing to have a seat in the Carling Stand will be required to purchase a ticket from the ticket office beforehand.

Please note that prices increase by £2 each on matchday, so anyone wishing to attend can save by purchasing their tickets in advance before 5pm today.

Earlybird prices are:

Seats
Adults: £22
Senior (65-plus): £20
Young Person (17-22): £20
Under-17: £12
Under-13: £12

Terrace
Adults: £18
Senior (65-plus): £16
Young Person (17-22): £13
Under-17: £5
Under-13: £5

Call 01283 565938, visit the club shop during normal opening hours or go to www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/tickets.

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