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15 December 2018 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Oxford United (A)

Seasiders Back On The Road

14 December 2018

Blackpool will aim to keep the pressure on Sky Bet League One's top six when facing Oxford United tomorrow.

Victory against Charlton Athletic last weekend once again highlighted The Seasiders' potential to break into the play-off positions, with just a point separating them from sixth-placed Barnsley. 

Oxford United, meanwhile, will look to continue their surge up the table after a slow start to the campaign. The U's have taken four points from a possible six recently. 

Team News: 

Skipper Jay Spearing looks set to return to the Blackpool squad after missing out due to an ankle injury against Charlton. A late check will be made on Curtis Tilt's availability though, with the defender forced off against The Addicks with a hip problem. Striker Mark Cullen is set to be sidelined for six weeks with a stress fracture. 

The hosts could welcome former Pool player Tony McMahon back for the fixture following time out with a cracked rib. Ricky Holmes is also available for selection. 

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Supporters can purchase tickets on the day for this match (cash only) from the North Stand ticket office at the Kassam Stadium. 

Tickets will be available from 1.30pm and remain priced at: 

- £24 for Adults
- £17 for Over-65s
- £16 for 18-21-Year-Olds
- £14 for Under-18s
- £10 for Under-13s
- £6 for Under-7s

Elsewhere In Sky Bet League One: 

Barnsley vs Portsmouth
Bradford City vs Walsall
Charlton Athletic vs AFC Wimbledon
Coventry City vs Luton Town
Doncaster Rovers vs Scunthorpe United
Fleetwood Town vs Burton Albion
Gillingham vs Wycombe Wanderers
Rochdale vs Plymouth Argyle
Shrewsbury Town vs Peterborough United
Southend United vs Accrington Stanley
Sunderland vs Bristol Rovers

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Match Reports

Report: Oxford United 2 Blackpool 0

Seasiders Fall To Defeat At Kassam Stadium

15 December 2018

An own goal from Ollie Turton and a strike from James Henry proved enough to see Oxford United beat Blackpool 2-0 at the Kassam Stadium.

In a match that had limited opportunities, the hosts proved clinical with theirs, which both came in the first-half, while The Seasiders’ best effort came when Liam Feeney struck the post.

Jay Spearing returned from injury to take his place in the side and was joined by Callum Guy and Nathan Delfouneso, who both made key impacts off the bench against Charlton Athletic a week earlier.

Conditions weren’t ideal for the game though, with a bitter, swirling wind and heavy showers making the opening stages difficult.

For the first 15 minutes, Blackpool were finding it hard to retain possession, with the strong winds bringing every long ball and clearance back into their own half.

Marcus Browne had an attempt with a free-kick for the hosts, sending a dipping strike over the bar, while Marc Bola’s dangerous ball across the six-yard box was intercepted prior to Nathan Delfouneso having what would have been a tap-in.

Soon after, it was Oxford who made the breakthrough. A weak defensive clearance from Marc Bola was pounced upon by James Henry and from the resulting cross, Marcus Browne put Ollie Turton under pressure, leading to the right-back nodding in at the back stick.

Blackpool tried to reply instantly, coming close to an equaliser through Liam Feeney. The former Blackburn man picked up the ball just inside the box and saw his low drive cannon back off the post.

Just prior to the interval, the hosts doubled their advantage. A counter attack through the Blackpool midfield resulted in the ball being played out to the flank, where Gavin Whyte provided the cut back for James Henry to slot in.

Half-Time: Oxford United 2 Blackpool 0

The Seasiders made a change for the second-half, with top scorer Armand Gnanduillet replacing the injured Ollie Turton. The substitution meant that Liam Feeney moved to right-back.

Chances were proving few and far between, while the home side continued to look a threat when attacking. The break up of one such attack resulted in Ben Heneghan being booked for a foul.

Blackpool’s second change came on the hour mark, which saw John O’Sullivan came on for Joe Dodoo. Five minutes later, Harry Pritchard joined him on the pitch as a replacement for Callum Guy.

It was Oxford who threatened again though, as Jamie Mackie’s curling strike was forced wide by ‘keeper Mark Howard.

With 15 minutes to go, Liam Feeney joined Heneghan in the book for preventing another Oxford counter-attack down the right.

Blackpool continued to try and muster an opportunity, however Pritchard fired over the bar from just inside the area.

Ben Heneghan then had a glorious chance to pull one back for The Seasiders, only to nod the ball back across goal for the hosts to clear.

Five minutes of added time went without any further threats for Blackpool, leaving the team to return to Bloomfield Road empty handed.

Full-Time: Oxford United 2 Blackpool 0

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