Town look to go joint top with a win at promotion chasing Oxford
Town head to Oxford United on Tuesday evening in good spirits after a return to winning ways against Accrington Stanley on Saturday. The win and the performance were long overdue and the three points now see Town sit in third place. A win at the Kassam Stadium will see Town sit joint top of the league with Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers.
The Town fans were left purring after a superb opening 45 minutes against Accrington, and will be hoping for more of the same against a promotion rival in Oxford United.
The away form of Town is certainly impressive, with leaders Rotherham (26) the only side to have taken more points than Town (24) on the road. Tuesday could be one of the sterner tests on the road with Oxford, one of the favourites for promotion, looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at home to Rotherham.
Will Norris is set to continue in goal for Town, with Luke Woolfenden, James Wilson and Luke Chambers ahead of him.
Luke Garbutt and Gwion Edwards look set to continue in the wing-back roles, although Janoi Donacien could be an alternative if Lambert wants to freshen things up. New signing Josh Earl, is likely to be amongst the substitutes.
Perhaps the only real decision will be the the midfield area for Town boss, Paul Lambert. Emyr Huws could be rotated after playing on Saturday, with Lambert stating Saturday / Tuesday / Saturday could be too much for some players. If so, Cole Skuse would seem most likely to come in for the Welshman to partner Flynn Downes.
Alan Judge looks set to start in the advanced midfield role behind the front pair of James Norwood and Kayden Jackson.
Town last played Oxford back in the promotion campaign of 99/00, with Town winning 2-1. Goals from Matt Holland and Mark Venus (pen) were enough for the victoty despite Christophe Remy pulling one back for the visitors.
There has been 20 previous meetings between the sides, with Town winning 10, losing five and drawing five. Tuesday night’s visit will be Town’s first competitive game at the Kassam Stadium – where they moved to in 2001.
Man in the Middle
Tuesday’s referee is Leigh Doughty, from Blackpool. Doughty has shown 57 yellow cards and two reds in 20 games so far this season.
This will be Doughty’s first game in charge of a Town fixture.