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Preview: Oxford (H)

17 August 2016

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The Cod Army welcome the U's to Highbury Stadium

Fleetwood Town welcome recently-promoted Oxford United to Highbury Stadium, for an EFL Sky Bet League One fixture.

Uwe Rosler’s Cod Army side will be hoping to gain their first maximum points of the campaign, having drawn their previous two encounters, most recently, a 2-2 stalemate with Scunthorpe United on home soil on Saturday.


Goals from Eggert Jonsson and David Ball either side of the interval put FTFC two to the good, only for Tom Hopper and Kevin Van Veen’s wonder goal from 30 yards to ultimately haul Graham Alexander’s Lincolnshire outfit level.

By contrast, Oxford succumbed to defeat away at fellow promotion winners’ Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Strikes courtesy of Jermaine Easter and Matt Taylor for Rovers were sandwiched in-between Kane Hemmings’ leveller for Michael Appleton’s U’s, as the Gas held on for maximum points.

Team News:

Fleetwood manager Rosler will have no new injury worries to contend with, as he has a fully fit playing squad for Wednesday’s game.

New recruits, George Glendon and Chris Long could be in contention to make their inaugural Fleetwood outings.

Meanwhile, Oxford will be without new signing Robert Hall. The midfielder, who returned to the Kassam Stadium on a permanent deal following his departure from Bolton Wanderers, remains on the side-lines with a cruciate ligament injury suffered on loan at MK Dons last term.

Sam Long will be unavailable for the visit to the Fylde Coast, having picked up two bookable offences against Bristol Rovers, and therefore will be suspended.

One to watch:

Midfielder Liam Sercombe has impressed for Town’s opponents since signing for Oxford from local side Exeter City in May 2015.

A native of Exeter, Sercombe began his playing career with the Grecians in the youth set-up at St James’ Park, turning professional at the Devon-based club in 2007.

The 26-year-old spent a further eight years in the Exeter first-team, turning out on 243 outings for City in a prolonged stay in the side, scoring 23 goals.

Sercombe moved onto pastures new in 2015 when he moved to Oxford United, after his contract at Exeter had expired.

His first season at the Kassam Stadium was memorable, both for his club, and for him personally, as Sercombe netted 14 goals in 45 League Two games, as Oxford gained promotion up to League One from the fourth-tier.

Sercombe has continued his form into the current season, as his solitary goal knocked Championship club Birmingham City out of the EFL Cup at St Andrew’s earlier this month.

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Cod Army Player HD will provide full match commentary on the game between Fleetwood Town and Oxford United at Highbury Stadium, so you won’t miss a kick!

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