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Preview: Oxford United (H)

11 September 2020

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Michael Appleton's side return to competitive league action this weekend when they face Oxford United at LNER Stadium.

You can watch the game LIVE as it unfolds on We Are Imps iFollow with a match pass, click HERE to get yours now ahead of kick-off!

Imps supporters can also watch our brand new pre-match show 'Matchday Live' from 1.30pm, via The Imps YouTube Channel, Twitter or Facebook page.

Opposition Manager’s Comments

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson spoke to the press ahead of his side's opening fixture away to the Imps.

The 39-year-old who signed a new four-year deal with the side earlier this week expressed his delight to return to league action: "I am so excited to be playing a league game again, I am a football fan and can’t wait for kick off on Saturday.

“We are the away side and would love our fans to be there to give us that extra 10% or whatever, but that’s irrelevant because it’s not going to happen. There won’t be anyone there so we have to make sure our approach is right, we are fully prepared and when the wheels start to roll on the team bus on Friday we are completely ready for that first away game."

Robinson went on to praise Imps boss Michael Appleton before speaking about his own side: “Michael has changed Lincoln’s style and some of the stuff they have played in pre-season has been brilliant.

"We have had a really good pre-season ourselves. Our results have been good in some very competitiive games against so many different types of teams so we are looking forward to testing ourslves in the league again.

"Joel Cooper will be involved for the first time, Sean Clare is fine after a slight knock on Tuesday so we are ready."

The Opposition

After a fourth place finish last season, Karl Robinson's side were disappointed to suffer defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley in the play-offs. However, the Us remain a strong side following a busy transfer period over the summer which saw new arrivals include: Joel Cooper, Sean Clare, Dylan Asonganyi, Derick Osei and Ben Watt.

However, it is Matty Taylor who will be the stand out summer arrival. The striker had a succesful spell on loan with Oxford last season scoring 15 goals in all competitions, and returns to the club on a permanent transfer from Bristol City.

Another notable name is Sam Winnall who joined the club on 11 September from Sheffield Wednesday. The 29-year-old has a wealth of experience with clubs such as Wolves, Barnsley and Derby on his CV. 
Two other players Karl Robinson has brought in this summer are Marcus McGuane (on loan from Nottingham Forest) and Liam Kelly.
The pair have experience abroad with McGuane making 24 league appearances for Barcelona B over a two-year period, and Kelly rejoining the Us for another season following a loan extension fron Dutch side Feyenoord. 
All the action will be streamed live on iFollow for City supporters who subscribe to a match pass. Click HERE to purchase your video/audio match pass before Saturday's game which kicks off at 3pm BST. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: The Imps V Oxford United

12 September 2020

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The Imps got their EFL League One campaign to the perfect start this afternoon, two goals a clean sheet and three points on the board as they defeated Oxford United.

Karl Robinson’s U’s side provided a stern test for Michael Appleton’s men but quality in wide areas and some terrific defending and a goalkeeping performance to remember meant The Imps got no less than they deserved.

Anthony Scully was the man to make City’s first mark in the league, nodding home early in the first half before Adam Jackson sealed the deal with a late header of his own.

There were no less than seven EFL League debutants in the Imps’ side as the game got underway this afternoon at LNER Stadium. City were right at it from the off, Harry Anderson almost snook in following a moment of indecision from Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal, but Elliott Moore managed to lash away, then a dangerous swerving cross from Sean Roughan teased through the box from the left flank just eluded the final touch from a player in red.

But we didn’t have to wait long as The Imps raced into the lead with just seven minutes on the clock, Anderson found space down the right flank, Anthony SCULLY nipped into space beyond his marker to power home his header. City were in the box seat, but the visiting side looked to pose a threat from set pieces, but Liam Kelly’s free kick placed into the box was headed away by Tom Hopper who was back defending manfully to retain The Imps’ lead.

Roughan was attacking with intent down the left and he was so close to getting another dangerous ball into the box from his overlapping run but the ball was adjudged to have just run out of play. Oxford were struggling to get anything like a chance out of the City defence were looking to utilise the set pieces throughout but the figure of Hopper was again twice in the way, denying his opposite number nine Matty Taylor from getting onto the ball.

The Imps were close to stretching their lead when Adam Jackson fed James Jones in central midfield, he looked up and slid it wide to Scully who tried an audacious cross/shot with the outside of his boot and it scooped just over the top.

As the first half wore on the visiting side started to grow in confidence and they were close to what could be said was their first real opportunity inside the City box, a right wing cross found its way into the danger zone but as James Henry lurked, Lewis Montsma thundered the ball away.

After a period where the game was very even, Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal kept his side in the game with five minutes to the break. James Jones, took control around 30 yards out before looking up and smashing the ball at goal, it dipped and swerved but the outstretched arm of the U’s stopper just tipped it over the top.

Half Time

The Imps 1 Oxford United 0

The visitors were looking for any way sniff of an opportunity to level proceedings after the restart, a right-wing cross into the City box was marshalled by TJ Eyoma, with Matty Taylor in close attendance. The Oxford man went down claiming a foul but play continued. It was from wide areas where they had looked to get the breakthrough, Kelly the man on the set pieces for the visitors clipped the ball into the near post but City held firm with Anderson back helping out this time to clear.

Cameron Brannagan was the first to force a save from Alex Palmer, the Oxford central midfielder hit a thumping effort from fully 25 yards which swerved on its way towards The Imps’ goal but Palmer read the flight of the ball perfectly and saved low to his right. The City stopper was called upon again moments later, Mark Sykes took advantage of a fortunate ricochet to sneak into the area but Palmer stood tall to block at his near post.

Anderson and Hopper both were giving everything for the cause, chasing the ball as it looked to roll out of play twice in opposing territory when all looked lost with the latter winning a corner from nothing. The corner was swung in to the back post where Adam Jackson leapt but he was just shuffled off the ball.

With just under 20 minutes remaining, Scully won a free kick as he was hauled back by Oxford sub, Sean Clare, on the left of centre around 20 yards out, Jorge Grant lined up the free kick but his effort didn’t trouble Eastwood as it headed over the top. But City had started to again turn up the pressure on the visitors. That pressure built to a crescendo when The Imps did extend their lead, Hopper was brought down just outside the area and Jones delivered the ball right on the money as debutant Adam JACKSON did the rest, heading home and giving Eastwood no chance.


The U’s were close to a cutting the deficit within minutes when Brannagan smashed a low drive from the edge of the City box, Palmer who was unsighted as the ball came through a sea of legs somehow managed to get down to his right and palm away. City’s ‘keeper was to go even better by making two fantastic save with five minutes left, the first from a Taylor header, then as Sykes looked to snaffle up the rebound Palmer somehow showed cat like reactions to keep the ball out again.

Karl Robinson’s side kept pushing to get themselves back into the game but there was no way through, Jackson after earlier showing his prowess in front of the opposition’s goal, he showed his quality in the defensive third, hooking a very dangerous cross away deep inside the City box. That late defensive solidity epitomised a progressive and positive Imps performance and was no less than they deserved.

Full Time

The Imps 2 Oxford United 0

The Teams

The Imps

1          Alex PALMER

4          Lewis MONTSMA

5          Adam JACKSON

8          James JONES

9          Tom HOPPER

10        Jorge GRANT

11        Anthony SCULLY

18        Conor McGRANDLES

22        TJ EYOMA

26        Harry ANDERSON

30        Sean ROUGHAN


31        Sam LONG

3          Max MELBOURNE (90’ for Roughan)

7          Tayo EDUN

15        Alex BRADLEY

17        Remy HOWARTH

19        Callum MORTON (85’ for Scully)

25        Zack ELBOUZEDI

GOALS: Scully 7, Jackson 71’

Booked: Roughan 90’

Oxford United

1          Simon EASTWOOD

3          Josh RUFFELS

5          Elliott MOORE

8          Cameron BRANNAGAN

9          Matty TAYLOR

10        Mark SYKES

12        Sam LONG

17        James HENRY

18        Marcus McGUANE

22        Robert ATKINSON

28        Liam KELLY


13        Jack STEVENS

2          Sean CLARE (57’ for Ruffels)

14        Anthony FORDE

15        John MOUSINHO

16        Joel COOPER (67’ for McGuane)

19        Daniel AGYEI (78’ for Kelly)

29        Derick OSEI-YAW

Booked: Clare 71’, Atkinson 77’

Red Card: Atkinson 90'

Referee: Andy Davies

Assistants: Mark Dwyer & Steven Meredith

4th Official: Matthew McGrath

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