The wet and windy conditions under the floodlights, as can be seen in the press box, while visiting the city at Kassam Stadium in January. PICTURED: CARL MARSTON
Jason Dozzell and Tony Mowbray both scored a goal in 1997 in a 2-1 win at the old Manor Ground.
However, in nine league visits to Oxford Town have only drawn five and lost the other four, including last season’s first visit to Kassam Stadium, the O’s new home since 2001.
This goalless draw on a Tuesday evening on Nov.. January 2020 will always be best remembered for the terrible weather conditions with strong winds and driving rain, rather than any excitement on the field.
Oxford have only recorded a few home wins, despite having only played five Kassam games so far.
A home game against Crewe was postponed in early October due to concerns about Covid-19.
This particular game was canceled just 35 minutes before the scheduled kick-off after it became known that Crewe player Omar Beckles tested positive for Covid-19.
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It was postponed two weeks ago when the railroad workers inflicted a 2-0 home defeat on their Oxfordshire hosts.
The O’s, led by former MK Dons and Charlton Athletic boss Karl Roobinson, have lost to Crewe as well as Sunderland and Swindon Town at home, but beat both Rochdale (3-1 in early November) and MK Dons (3-2 in October) at Kassam Stadium.
Matty Taylor has had a career full of ups and downs, an interesting story about a non-league striker who is a real force in the Football League.
The 30-year-old is Oxford’s top scorer with five goals and can be seen tonight.
Born in Oxford, it didn’t work out for Taylor at his home club on his first visit. He made just seven games as a substitute in the National League Premier in two seasons before dropping the pyramid to play in the Southern League with Didcot Town and then North Leigh.
However, a successful goal in the minor leagues saw Forest Green Rovers and then Bristol Rovers return to the top flight of the non-league and helped them get back to the Football League (2014-15) on their first attempt at 21 Gates.
The following season, his first in the Football League, he scored an impressive 27 league goals for Rovers, the highest record of any striker in the Football League. A second consecutive rise was achieved on the last day.
Three years in the championship followed with neighbors Bristol City, but Taylor initially returned to Oxford United on loan earlier this year before signing a two-year deal this summer.
This season he scored a brace in the 4-1 win at Accrington Stanley and also scored in the wins against MK Dons and Wigan.
He also hit the target in the 2-1 home loss to local rivals Swindon Town last weekend, where substitutes Tom Broadbent and Tyler Smith’s late goals ended a run of seven consecutive derby wins for the O’s, one run dating back 19 years.
Goals conceded this season were Oxford’s Achilles heel. In fact, only two clubs, Burton Albion (28) and Swindon (26) have scored more goals than the O’s (23 out of 13 games). .
They have only conceded more than two goals once (3-1 defeat at Gillingham), but have to keep one goal in 13 league games, a worrying statistic. Her only goal is the Papa John’s Trophy.
This is why Robinson’s men are struggling to replicate their triumphs from last season when they finished fourth and made an appearance in the play-off finals where they lost 2-1 to Wycombe Wanderers.
Jordan Obita arrived in Reading three weeks ago after a fertile 10 years. The veteran left-sided specialist made 163 appearances for the Royals before being released late last season.
He started against Swindon on Saturday while winger Olamide Shodipo came on as a substitute.
Shodipo is on loan from Championship Club QPR for the season. The 23-year-old was loaned to Colchester United in early 2008, but only started twice under then boss John McGreal.
Hearts midfielder Sean Clare is available after suspension but striker Sam Winnall is out due to injury.
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