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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Oxford United

14 January 2023

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Fleetwood Town are set to face Oxford United at Highbury Stadium on Saturday 14 January, and we have all the information you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Oxford United

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 14 January 2023

Kick-off: 15:00

Venue: Highbury Stadium



The Cods come into this game after a terrific win in the FA Cup over Queens Park Rangers of the Championship. Before that, Fleetwood defeated Shrewsbury to start off the new year. With the goals firing from the attack and Scott Brown’s defence being as sure as it has ever been, Town will be going into the clash with Oxford in great vein.

Making Highbury a fortress and putting teams to bed has been something manager Brown has been wanting to happen all season now, and in the last two games that has been the case. Promise Omochere and Toto Nsiala were the scorers last weekend and forward Omochere will be hoping to be a threat for the Cods against Oxford on Saturday.



Unlike Fleetwood, Saturday’s visitors come into the game at Highbury on a run of two defeats. One in the league, losing 1-0 to Exeter City and more recently, coming out second best to Premier League table toppers, Arsenal 3-0 in the FA Cup. Karl Robinson’s sides last victory was four days after Christmas, in a 3-1 defeat of Charlton Athletic.

Oxford have won one more game than Saturday’s hosts this season, winning seven to Town’s six, but have lost two more. Oxford’s away form isn’t too bad, that being where a lot of their points have come from so far this season. Despite not winning a game in their last three, the U’s do have a host of good attacking players like, Billy Bodin, Josh Murphy, and striker Matt Taylor.

A win for the visitors would lift them above the Cods and could take them up to 12th in the league standings.



Assistant head coach Steven Whittaker sat down with local press to discuss this weekend’s opponents, Oxford United.

Whittaker alluded to the fact that Oxford are a good footballing team, meaning Fleetwood are going to have to be on their guard.

He said: “We did well against them at their place, we drew 1-1 and did well against the ball.

“At home, we are hoping to have a little bit more of the ball and stay on the front foot as we have done over the last couple of weeks.”

The start to 2023 the Cods have made has been impressive and the win over QPR really rallied the team and has given them great confidence going into Saturday. “It’s a great lift,” said Whittaker.

He added: “It’s been a great feel-good factor this week, going through the training schedule, even with the weather not being the best.”

The 38-year-old also praised Omochere, as the striker has hit form at the right time.

Whittaker said: “Promise [Omochere] has made a big impact in the last few weeks, getting his opportunities, and taking them.

“Some players have natural instincts in going and getting goals, we knew he had that from his time in Ireland.”



On the day of the game, there will be two matchday packages available for both our UK-based and overseas supporters.

Audio Match-Pass - £2.50 (U.K and Overseas)

Video Match-Pass - £10 (Overseas only)

Those who choose the Audio Match-Pass option will get access to just the commentary, which will be provided by our partners, BBC Radio Lancashire.

Season passes are available with audio passes for only £45 for the season, for all UK-based members of the Cod Army. 


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