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07 November 2021 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview - Rovers v Oxford United

15 November 2021

Rovers welcome Oxford United to the Mem for our Emirates FA Cup first round replay.

Last time out, Rovers were victorious against Northampton Town at the Mem, courtesy of second-half goals from Josh Grant and Antony Evans to cancel out Sam Hoskin's first-half penalty.

Rovers now face the visit of Oxford United to the Mem with a home tie against Sutton United awaiting the winner.

Manager's Preview

Rovers boss, Joey Barton has reflected on the game at the Kassam and has shared his thoughts ahead of tomorrow evening's tie.

"It was a good game last time we faced them. We have to thank the crossbar and the post, but I thought we were good value for the draw at the Kassam. They (Oxford) are clearly a top outfit in Sky Bet League One and I believe that they will be in and around the play-off picture, come the end of the season, as they have been for the last few years.”

"We are going to have to defend superbly. There will be times where we are forced to play without the ball, as they are a possession-based side.

"I believe we have enough in our group to cause them problems and if we get the home fans behind us on Tuesday night, then I’m sure we can cause them some problems.


Form Guide

Oxford have only had one fixture since Rovers drew 2-2 against Tuesday's visitors at the Kassam on the 7th November. Karl Robinson's team drew 0-0 against Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet League One last Saturday. The draw against Ipswich leaves The Bulls 6th in the table with 28 points from 16 games so far this season in the Sky Bet League One.


Ref Watch

Neil Hair is the man in the middle on Tuesday evening. Hair has taken charge of 10 games across the Sky Bet League Two, Sky Bet League One, and League Cup so far this season. Across those 10 games, Hair has produced 29 yellow cards and averages 19.30 fouls per game according to


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors, Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 13/8 to progress to the next round of the FA Cup on Tuesday evening. A 2-1 scoreline in Rovers favour is priced at 11/1. On the goalscorer markets, Saturday's match-winner, Antony Evans is priced at 11/4 to score at any time with Sam Nicholson priced at 13/5

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.


Adult tickets start from £10 for Tuesday's tie - with U16 prices just £1! All the info on how to buy a ticket can be found on the article below! 

How to Follow

Due to broadcasting restrictions around the Emirates FA Cup - Tuesday's game won't be available to watch on iFollow. Audio passes are available for both UK and international-based supporters. Audio passes can be purchased HERE.

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Match Reports

Emirates FA Cup Match Report - Oxford United 2-2 Rovers

7 November 2021

Rovers earn a late draw against Oxford United in the FA Cup and now face a replay at the Mem.

Goals from Sam Finley and an Antony Evans penalty earnt Rovers a draw in the First Round of the FA Cup against Oxford United. Rovers fell behind twice in the game, first through Matty Taylor's first-half strike and then through, Marcus McGuane's second-half goal.

Rovers went into the Emirates FA Cup first-round tie off the back of a 0-1 away victory against Harrogate last weekend. Three changes were made for the visit to The Kassam Stadium with Josh Grant, Alfie Kilgour, and Sam Finley coming into the starting XI for our first FA Cup game of the season.


The opening chance of the game fell to the ex-Rovers player, Matty Taylor who was only able to direct his header straight at Belshaw. Mark Sykes then had a chance to run at the Rovers defence minutes later after a clearance from Taylor fell his way. Sykes looked to bend his effort towards the top corner of Belshaw's goal, but his effort was hit well off target.

The hosts opened the scoring not long after. A through ball split the Rovers defence and fell to Sykes whose well-placed cross was turned home by Taylor at close range. 

Rovers looked to get straight back into the game. A cross from the returning Josh Grant caused confusion among the Oxford defenders and almost fell on a plate for Antony Evans. Oxford goalkeeper, Simon Eastwood was alert to calmly gather the ball away from the approaching Evans. 


Evans came close to levelling the game on the 18th minute after a flick-on header from Grant found the attacker who brushed the outside of the post with his low shot.

Rovers twice came close to levelling the scores. Coutts' first-time shot required a fingertip save from Eastwood following a low corner routine from Evans. Connor Taylor came close from the resulting corner kick when his goalbound header was cleared acrobatically off the line by Sykes. 

Just before the half-time whistle, Rovers found the equaliser. Sam Finley took advantage of a loose ball following Harry Anderson's cross for Josh Grant and lashed the ball past Eastwood into the Oxford goal. 


Oxford were ahead again shortly after the resumption of the game. Matty Taylor played in Marcus McGuane who found the far corner with his driven effort. 

The hosts came close to adding a third minutes later. Sykes broke free and carried the ball 40 yards before playing in Taylor, whose effort zipped just over the bar. 

Sykes came within inches of scoring from the halfway line after spotting Belshaw off of his goal line. The Rovers goalkeeper was able to get back in time to push the ambitious effort over the crossbar. 

The energetic Sykes was involved in the action yet again. After dribbling his way past a handful of Rovers defenders, he fired a shot on goal where Belshaw was able to get his fingertips to the effort and tip it onto the crossbar.

Matty Taylor almost grabbed his second of the game on the 65th minute after Belshaw's clearance came back to the forward. Taylor hit the ball on the half-volley, where it crashed against the post. Taylor then hit the upright again minutes after as the hosts pushed for a third goal in the tie. 

Aaron Collins came close to scoring Rovers' equaliser 5 minutes before the full-time whistle. His firm shot was parried away by Eastwood following a well-worked corner routine.

Rovers found the equaliser through Evans after Jamie Hanson fouled Aaron Collins in the Oxford penalty area. Referee Paul Howard awarded Rovers the spot-kick without hesitation. Evans stepped up and fired the ball past Eastwood much to the delight of the travelling Gasheads.


Oxford came close to netting a late winner when Moore's headed effort from a corner kick was palmed away by Belshaw. 

The tie now heads to a replay at the Mem. Rovers face Exeter City in the Football League Trophy on Wednesday, 10th November (7 PM KO).

Oxford United: Simon Eastwood, Sam Long, Jordan Thorniley, Elliott Moore (C), Alex Gorrin, Cameron Brannagan, Matty Taylor (69'), Mark Sykes (69'), Marcus McGuane (78'), Gavin Whyte (69'), Steve Seddon.

Subs: Ryan Williams, Anthony Forde (69'), John Mousinho, Luke McNally, Dan Agyei (69'), Jamie Hanson (78'), Joel Cooper, Billy Bodin (69'), James Golding. 

Rovers: James Belshaw, Alfie Kilgour, Sam Finley, Sam Nicholson, Paul Coutts (C) (81'), Connor Taylor, Harry Anderson (81'), Antony Evans, Cian Harries, Glenn Whelan, Josh Grant (67').

Subs: Jed Ward, Sion Spence (81'), Zain Westbrooke, Aaron Collins (81'), Ryan Jones, Luca Hoole (67'), Pablo Martinez, Jarmani Langlais.



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Ticket News

Emirates FA Cup Ticket Info - Pay on the Day Available at Oxford

5 November 2021

Ticket details for our upcoming trip to face Oxford United in the First Round of this season's Emirates FA Cup.

Rovers head to the Kassam Stadium on Sunday, 7th November (1pm KO)

Oxford United have agreed that Rovers fans can pay cash at the away ticket office on the day of the fixture for any fans who decide to attend the match after tickets had gone off sale.

Ticket prices are listed below.

Adult £19
Over 65 £14
Young Person * £13
Under 18 £11
Under 13** £7
Under 7** £3

* Young Person = 18-21 year old
** Must be accompanied by an Adult

Oxford United have provided a handy guide for supporters planning a trip to the Kassam Stadium. Click HERE to view. 

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