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MATCH PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED (H)

9 March 2021

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Swindon will face Oxford United for the second time this season when the two sides go head-to-head at the County Ground this evening.

The last fixture, one which will surely go down in Swindon folklore, was a feisty affair that ended in the Reds coming back from a goal down in the most dramatic fashion.

Matt Taylor opened the scoring for Oxford when he chipped over Matej Kovar early in the first-half.

It was then the heroics unfolded with the introduction of Tom Broadbent as a make-shift striker with half an hour left to play. 

Broadbent’s acrobatic finish brought things level before Tyler Smith grabbed an injury-time winner, securing a first victory over our rivals since 2001.

The Opposition:

Since that win back in November, tonight’s opponents went on a ten-match unbeaten streak in the league, which came to an end on February 6th in an away defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Karl Robinson’s side have drawn four of their last five matches with their most recent win coming against Wigan on Valentine’s Day.

Since the win against the Latics, the Yellows have failed to score in all but one of those matches, with a 97th minute equaliser from Elliot Lee against MK Dons towards the back end of last month.

Sitting in tenth place, Oxford will be looking for that final push to lift themselves into the play-off positions, having narrowly missed out last year - losing at Wembley to now Championship side Wycombe Wanderers.

Ones to watch:

The danger men for the visitors will come in the form of their forward players, with Taylor and Olamide Shodipo scoring nineteen goals between them this season. 

Team news:

Jonathan Grounds will miss tonight’s game following a minor Hamstring injury sustained on Saturday against Accrington Stanley.

With the extension of emergency loan Connal Trueman, the Birmingham keeper will keep his place in between the sticks for Town, playing his first match at the County Ground in Swindon colours.

How to watch:

The match will be available on iFollow, with Season Ticket Holders able to watch a live stream at no extra cost. Those who do not have a Season Ticket can watch the clash for a fee of £10.

We understand the magnitude of this game to our supporters, but we must remind you that it will be played behind closed doors and we urge you to stay at home and not to travel to the County Ground for the match

Come on you Reds!


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