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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers V Oxford United

8 February 2021

The Gas take on Oxford United in a midweek clash at the Mem, catch all the pre-match insight down below...

Paul Tisdale was delighted with his side's clean sheet midweek, while lacking the decisive touch to secure a winner, it provided a platform for the Gas to build on after they were dismantled a week ago at Accrington.

They host an Oxford United side they were beaten by recently, with Tisdale certain to seek further evidence of the Gas' guile and grit at the Mem.

Manager's Preview...

Speaking on Saturday evening following his side's 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town, Paul Tisdale focused on the present, saying "We've got a vision of the future, I certainly have, I've been here 11 weeks and I'm looking ahead trying to build something but right now we're in the here and now. There's a group of players that have their contracts and careers to play for."

Opposition View...

Oxford United manager, Karl Robinson, looked ahead to his side's clash with the Gas, speaking to saying, “It will be the most difficult game against Rovers that we have had for a long time. They will be wounded and they will be fighting for everything. The game at our place was a close one. They had a chance with a volley at one end and then we were clinical with a chance at the other. There wasn’t a great deal of difference though and we expect a really good game.

Form Guide...

Oxford's tremendous run of form throughout the winter period was brought to an abrupt end at the hands of Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, as an eventful 3-2 victory for Doncaster was played out at the Keepmoat.

Prior to that, Oxford had gone unbeaten in all competitions since the 28th November.

The main United threat will be familiar to Rovers fans, with Matty Taylor notching 11 goals this season, supported by the likes of Olamide Shodipo, Josh Ruffels and James Henry.

Previous encounters...

Rovers met Oxford most recently only a few weeks ago at the Kassam Stadium, as the Gas fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat.

However, fans will have fond memories of the last clash between the two sides down at BS7, a scorching hot August afternoon which saw a rocket from Ed Upson, a header from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a late win-sealer from Tom Nichols propel the Gas to a stunning turnaround.

How to Watch...

Support the Gas from home this Tuesday as they look to build on the weekend's goalless draw, with a £10 match pass...


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Around the Grounds!

Tomorrow evening's fixture list is literred with previously postponed games, with Rovers being Oxford being just one. Accrington Stanley host Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town travel to Peterborough United and Sunderland trek to Shrewsbury Town. Front-runners Hull City and Lincoln City meet at the Kcom Stadium in an exciting midweek clash.

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