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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: OXFORD UNITED v IRON

17 March 2017

The Iron travel to the Kassam Stadium this Saturday, as they take on Oxford United in Sky Bet League One.

Graham Alexander’s men go into the game on the back of a confidence boosting victory in dramatic fashion against Rochdale during the week - a result they’ll be looking to build on.

However the U’s will be in search of a response, after they were narrowly beaten by Oldham Athletic in their last outing. 



Sam Mantom (groin) and Conor Townsend (thigh strain) will be two definite omissions from Saturday’s matchday squad.

However, Josh Morris could be in contention following his ankle gash, with Kevin van Veen a doubt after tweaking his hamstring in the midweek win over Rochdale.



Oxford got the better of Alexander’s side in the two teams’ last meeting, as they emerged 4-1 victors in the Checkatrade Trophy back in January.

It was the Iron who broke the deadlock at the Kassam Stadium, with Luke Williams winning and subsequently converting a penalty just after the ten minute mark.

However, Michael Appleton’s U’s soon restored parity, as Marvin Johnson fired home from close range following a run into the box.

The hosts completed the turnaround just four minutes later, and Kane Hemmings would open his account for the night - slotting home neatly inside the area.

Craig Davies agonisingly saw his header fly wide on the stroke of half-time, before Williams struck over after a superb piece of individual play.

Hemmings doubled his tally five minutes into the second period though, repeating the feat of Williams and dispatching from 12 yards.

The frontman then completed his and Oxford’s scoring for the night, as he tucked home a cross from the right in stoppage time.



SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Tue 10 Jan
2016-17 - Sat 26 Nov
EFLT R3
LG 1
Oxford 4-1 Iron
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Williams
Holmes
2013-14 - Mon 21 Apr
LG 2
Iron 1-0 Oxford
Sparrow
2013-14 - Sun 29 Dec
LG 2
Oxford 0-2 Iron
Burton, Syers
2004-05 - Fri 25 Mar
LG 2
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Baraclough
2004-05 - Sat 14 Aug
LG 2
Oxford 1-1 Iron
Hayes
2003-04 - Wed 11 Feb
DIV 3
Oxford 3-2 Iron
Torpey 2
2003-04 - Sat 23 Aug
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Beagrie
2002-03 - Sat 26 Apr
DIV 3
Iron 2-0 Oxford
Hayes, Dalglish
2002-03 - Sat 5 Oct
DIV 3
Oxford 0-1 Iron
Beagrie
2001-02 - Sat 9 Feb
DIV 3
Iron 1-0 Oxford
Hodges
2001-02 - Sat 20 Oct
DIV 3
Oxford 0-1 Iron
Torpey
1999-00 - Sat 29 Apr
DIV 2
Oxford 2-0 Iron

1999-00 - Tue 19 Oct
DIV 2
Iron 1-0 Oxford
Ipoua
1983-84 - Sat 31 Mar
DIV 3
Oxford 1-0 Iron

1983-84 - Wed 7 Sep
DIV 3
Iron 0-0 Oxford

1967-68 - Sat 30 Dec
DIV 3
Oxford 2-3 Iron
Deere 2, Sloan
1967-68 - Tue 26 Dec
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Oxford
Sloan
1966-67 - Fri 10 Mar
DIV 3
Iron 2-2 Oxford
Barton, Sloan
1966-67 - Sat 18 Feb
DIV 3
Oxford 2-1 Iron
Burkinshaw
1965-66 - Sat 28 May
DIV 3
Oxford 0-3 Iron
Thomas, Bedford, Mahy
1965-66 - Sat 30 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 1-2 Oxford
Smith

Our full record against Oxford United is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
11
4
6
1
12
8
Away
11 
5
1

15
15
TOTAL
22
9
7
627
23



With 14 goals to his name so far this season, along with the previously mentioned Hemmings, Chris Maguire is the U’s’ joint-top goalscorer.

Unlike his strike partner though, Maguire has reached double figures in the league, with the Scot sitting on 10 strikes in Sky Bet League One currently.



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Match Reports

Report: Oxford United 2-1 Iron

18 March 2017

The Iron were beaten 2-1 by Oxford United at Grenoble Road.

Coming into the game on the back of a win over Rochdale in midweek, the visitors took the lead early on, with Paddy Madden putting his side ahead.

However, the U’s hit back and levelled through John Lundstram after the break. They completed the turnaround with minutes remaining, as Curtis Nelson poked home in injury time,

Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander made two changes to the side which defeated Rochdale in midweek, with Neal Bishop and Josh Morris replacing Matt Crooks and Kevin van Veen respectively.

It was the hosts who made the faster start to proceedings, and they created two openings inside the first ten minutes.

The first of those came the way of Lundstram, who made a surging run into the area on five minutes. However, despite flicking the ball over Luke Daniels, the former Scunthorpe loanee couldn’t escape the clutches of Daniels, who gathered well.

Moments later, Daniels had more work to do. On this occasion he was forced into a smart save down to his right, after Liam Sercombe took aim from the edge of the box with a shot that bounced up in front of him.

Oxford failed to make their early pressure tell and, 13 minutes in, Madden fired Alexander’s men ahead. The Iron’s approach play was superb, with the returning Morris slipping skipper Stephen Dawson in. Dawson then had the vision to pick out a loitering Madden, who made no mistake and opened up his body to curl the ball expertly into the right corner of the goal.

After getting their noses in front, the visitors subsequently began to take control of affairs, with half-chances falling the way of goalscorer Madden in quick succession. 

The same combination of Madden and his fellow Irishman Dawson manufactured the second of those opportunities, but the U’s’ defence were alive to the danger, and cleared their lines shortly prior to the interval.

The Iron were hit with an early blow after the restart as, six minutes into the second period, Michael Appleton’s side got themselves level. They equalised through Lundstram, who found space at the far post before driving the ball past Daniels and into the back of the net.

Lundstram’s afternoon then almost took another drastic turn for the better, with the midfielder rattling the crossbar from 25 yards out following a cultured effort off the inside of his right boot.

By this point the game had really started to open up, and it would be a matter of minutes before Madden seized on some defensive uncertainty to draw a reaction stop out of Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal.

Madden would soon again see the whites of the Oxford ‘keeper’s eyes, as he once more gave Eastwood some work to do. Bishop was the driving force behind the move, as he powered on into the area and crossed for the Scunthorpe number nine. Madden did everything right with his header, but Eastwood handled well.

As the game entered it’s final quarter, the Iron were the team looking most likely to find that all important second. Morris tried to conjure up a moment of magic on 75 minutes, with the winger hitting a curling strike from distance which Eastwood held onto.

The hosts went mightily close to taking the lead with seconds of normal time remaining, but Daniels produced heroics to deny Sercombe from point blank range.

Scunthorpe then broke instantly, with substitute Hakeeb Adelakun putting Madden in on goal. The Iron frontman took the shot quickly, however he could only manage to fire over, under pressure from Eastwood.

There was then late heartbreak for Alexander’s men as, in the first minute of injury time, Oxford defender Nelson turned the ball home in a crowded penalty area to put the hosts ahead.

The away side reacted by introducing Craig Davies, but they couldn’t manage to hit back, with the U’s taking all three points.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Oxford United: Eastwood, Skarz, Lundstram, Nelson, Martinez (Hemmings, 82), Sercombe, McAleny, Ruffels, Edwards, Rothwell (Johnson, 72), Dunkley.
Substitutes not used: Stevens, Maguire, Hall, Ledson, Raglan.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wallace, Mirfin (Davies, 90+2), Dawson (Adelakun, 82), Madden, Morris, Bishop, Hopper (Toney, 61), Toffolo, Ness, Clarke.
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Wiseman, Holmes, Goode.

Attendance: 7,652 (394 away).

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Ticket News

OXFORD UNITED AWAY TICKETS NOW ON SALE

27 February 2017

The Iron travel to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, March 18, 2017 (3pm kick-off) and have been handed 506 tickets for the game.

The club have been allocated tickets in the North Stand of the stadium.

Please note, United receive 5% of all ticket sales purchased in advance, but receive nothing if they're bought on the day at Oxford.

Tickets will be available on the day from the North Stand ticket office adjacent to the away stand turnstiles. It will be CASH ONLY on the day.

You can purchase tickets in person at the Glanford Park ticket office, by calling 01724 747670 or through visiting ticketing.scunthorpe-united.co.uk.

Prices for the game are as follows:

North Stand
Adult£21
Over-65's£15
18-21's / Student£14
Under-18's£12
Under-13's£8
Under-7's£5

The Iron have been asked to make supporters aware that proof of age may be required on entry for concessionary tickets, while valid student ID will be required.

Disabled supporters will be charged as per their appropriate age category. For those supporters who require a Personal Assistant, a free ticket can be issued, however the onus is on the disabled supporter to provide proof that a PA is required if challenged. 

Scunthorpe have been handed a maximum of three pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets.

Tickets remain on sale for the fixture until 2pm on Friday, March 17, 2017

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