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Match pack: Oxford United (H)

8 January 2019

It’s a battle to secure a place in the Checkatrade Trophy southern section quarter-finals this evening when Cheltenham welcome Oxford United to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Sky Bet League One Oxford make the short journey along the A40 to Gloucestershire with both teams only 90 minutes and potentially penalties away from reaching the next stage.

Both sides suffered narrow defeats at the weekend, so tonight’s game represents an ideal opportunity to bounce back positively, while Michael Duff’s charges will be aiming to make it nine consecutive home games without defeat.

Tickets are available on the turnstiles with adult tickets only ÂŁ5 and concessions ÂŁ3 in all areas of the stadium.

Team news

New signing Cameron Pring is cup-tied and unable to play, while Will Boyle, Sean Long, Nigel Atangana and Johnny Mullins – who misses out against his former club – are all unavailable due to injury.

Ryan Broom is expected to be part of the squad after returning as a substitute in Saturday’s loss at Crawley.

Tyrone Barnett is another due to be involved after turning his loan deal into a permanent move to the club. He may line up against his old side. George Lloyd and Manny Duku are also back from loan spells and could feature.

Opposition

It has been a difficult season for Tuesday’s opponents in the league, though they have impressed in the cups.

They were in FA Cup third round action on Saturday, losing 1-0 at Championship side Brentford, went out of the Carabao Cup to Manchester City in front of a home crowd of just under 12,000 and have reached the third round of this year’s Checkatrade Trophy.

Karl Robinson’s side navigated a group that included Northampton, Wycombe and Fulham under-21s to get into the second round where they went onto defeat Tottenham Hotspur under-21s convincingly to set up Tuesday’s trip to Cheltenham.

In League One they are currently in the drop zone – sitting 22nd out of 24 teams – but are just a point off safety.

Despite their current low league position they travel over the border to Gloucestershire with an eye-catching number of options that includes ex-Burton Albion defender John Mousinho, ex-QPR hit man Jamie Mackie, former Wolves midfielder James Henry and versatile ex-Derby man James Hanson.

There are Cheltenham links too. One-time loan youngster Luke Garbutt is a member of their squad, as another former loanee is in the shape of Rob Dickie, who was part of the Robins set-up that claimed promotion back to the Football League at the first attempt in the 2015-16 campaign when on loan from Reading.

Last meeting

Cast your mind back to the first month of last season for the two clubs last encounter. That was a Carabao Cup clash at the Kassam Stadium where the Robins came out on top of the right side of a seven goal thriller.

Mo Eisa and Danny Wright grabbed a brace each to help earn extra time progression in the competition having fought from being 3-1 down against Pep Clotet’s side.

Eisa had given Cheltenham an early advantage but Oxford raced into a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Marvin Johnson, Jonathan Obika and Xemi Fernandez. Wright pegged the score line back to 3-3 though in the second half with a double, including a stoppage time equaliser.

That set up an additional half hour where Eisa would go onto strike with a stunning hit to secure the winning goal on 99 minutes. Revisit the action from that night below:

The last time the two clubs met in this competition was under its previous title – The Johnstones Paint Trophy.

That evening, in Sepember 2014, the Robins came out on top with a 2-0 Southern section first round win courtesy of goals from John Marquis and Koby Arthur. Jonathan Meades was sent off in the second half for Oxford.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought on the turnstiles with Robins fans having been allocated the Autovillage Stand and Hazelwoods Stand. Oxford supporters are in the Completely Motoring Colin Farmer Stand.

Ticket prices are ÂŁ5 for adults and ÂŁ3 for concessions and can also be bought in advance online here.

The ticket office is also open tonight for fans wanting to buy tickets for Saturday’s home match with Tranmere and away travel for upcoming away fixtures at Carlisle and Colchester.

Coverage

Stay up to date on Twitter by following @CTFCofficial where you’ll be able to catch match updates, team news and live in game images. Visit the club website post-match to read the match report and to hear full reaction.

Listen to full game commentary via iFollow. Check out ctfc.com/ifollow to catch the action.

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Match Reports

Full-time: Robins 1-1 Oxford United (1-4 on penalties) - highlights & report

8 January 2019

Cheltenham Town went out of the Checkatrade Trophy 4-1 on penalties after Cameron Brannagan scored the winning spot-kick to send Oxford United through to the quarter-finals.

The Robins did well to come from behind after Brannagan had put the visitors ahead at the end of the first half.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson’s header levelled the contest in the second half as Cheltenham pressed for a winner in normal time, steering his header past Simon Eastwood from a sublime Matt Bower delivery. 

But Brannagan’s strike meant the visitors won the game 4-1 on penalties and progress to the quarter finals of the competition after Conor Thomas and Chris Clements' efforts were well saved.

Robins boss Michael Duff made three changes to the side who narrowly lost to Crawley Town on the weekend, with Craig Alcock, Kevin Dawson and Luke Varney coming into the starting line-up.

After a cagey opening quarter, Cheltenham started to find gaps down the left-hand side as Chris Hussey and Alex Addai’s link-up play created problems for the Oxford defence.

The Robins were also finding joy with balls over the top and Kevin Dawson was presented with a good opportunity after Luke Varney had beaten the offside trap to put a dangerous cross into the box, but Dawson failed to make the most of the chance after mishitting the ball.

Oxford did start to cause some problems for Duff’s side, with Marcus Browne and Gavin Whyte narrowly missing the target for the away side. Robins keeper Scott Flinders pulled off a brilliant save to keep the score at 0-0.

Cheltenham continued to exploit the left wing and it was Hussey again causing problems after his deep cross found the head of Addai in the box, but the attacker failed to test visiting keeper Simon Eastwood as his header looped just over.

But it was Oxford who seized the initiative just before the interval after a good delivery from the right was met by the head of Cameron Brannagan, who made no mistake putting the ball past Flinders to give the visitors the lead.

Both sides had chances to score at the start of the second half, but Cheltenham had the better as Addai raced forward and gave Oxford’s defence the slip, however they recovered well to block his low effort.

A very quiet period ensued, but Cheltenham responded well to being behind and managed to grab the equaliser through Kevin Dawson.

Substitute Matt Bower was left in plenty of space to put a brilliant cross into the box, and an excellent header from Dawson went beyond the reach of Eastwood in the Oxford goal to level the scores.

The visitors did start to put the ball into some dangerous areas after the Robins equaliser. Browne was the man pulling the strings for Oxford and he came within inches of restoring the visitors’ lead after dispossessing Ryan Broom on the edge of the area, before shooting just past the post.

Cheltenham were the next to threaten and hit the woodwork after good interplay down the right wing saw substitute Broom deliver a looping cross which evaded everyone, but clipped Eastwood’s crossbar on the way over.

Craig Alcock was the next player to put a dangerous cross in from the right and he did well to find Tyrone Barnett in space, but the striker’s header went just over.

Oxford finished the game the stronger of the sides and should have scored when they caught the Robins on the counter attack, but they failed to trouble Flinders and make the most of the opportunity after Whyte fired over. 

 

ROBINS: Flinders; Alcock, Forster (Bower 45’), Tozer, Hussey, Thomas, Dawson, Clements, Maddox (Broom 65’), Addai, Varney (Barnett 65’). Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Lloyd, Duncan, Brennan. 

OXFORD: Eastwood (Gk); Garbutt, Dickie, Hanson (Mousinho 62’), Brannagan, Browne (Sykes 80’), Whyte, Henry, Graham, Raglan, Long (Nelson 80’). Subs not used: Stevens, Ruffels, Spasov, Bradbury.

REFEREE: O. Yates

ATTENDANCE: 1,288 (332 away)

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