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27th December 2004 
Oxford Utd
At The Kassam Stadium
28/12/04 3:00pm
Part two of this stupid idea of playing 4 games in eight days and next up is Oxford Utd at the Kassam Stadium.

This is going to be short and sweet, or not, because I'm supposed to be on holiday too.

Yesterday, Boxing Day, saw us going down to one of our worst home defeats so far.  It might be the worst if you deem 5-1 to be worse than the 4-0 defeat against Boston Utd at the start of November.  Same goal difference, it just looks bigger.

From the Swansea game no one really played all that badly, it's just the fact that we still seem to lack the vital edge to our game that is needed.

At least for the trip over the Cotswolds we will have both Dean Keates and Simon Weaver back in the side although there will be no Wayne Hatswell for the game against one of his old clubs.  We did miss all three of these yesterday but with two thirds of them back we should look a bit tighter.

Simon Russell and Ian Foster both picked up slight knocks but should be ok but I think we'll see a start for Blair Sturrock in place of Foster anyway.

Oxford drew 3 - 3 at Rushden yesterday after coming from behind.  Two goalkeeping errors led to the first two Diamonds goals - sounds familiar - and Tommy Mooney saw himself sent off for two yellow cards.  Steve Basham is set to replace him

Jon Ashton missed the game after failing a pre match medical with a back injury so he could be doubtful.

Oxford also have a rather exotic new manager.  The former Argentinian international Ramon Diaz was bought in a couple of weeks ago and United have yet to lose a game under him.  There's always a first time but I don't think it'll be against us.


Harriers from:
Ryan Clarke, Danby, Lewis, Steve Burton, Burns, Mullins, Beswetherick, Sall, Weaver, Bennett, McHale, Beardsley, Jenkins, Keates, Sturrock, Gleeson, Birch, Foster, Russell.

Oxford from:
Tardif, Cox, Bradie Clarke, Judge, Mackay, Robinson, Roget, Ashton, Woozley, Hackett, Basham, Bradbury, Rawle, Wanless, Wolleaston, Quinn, Parker, Brown, Brooks, E'Beyer, Morgan, Molyneaux, Winters, Paul Burton, Davies.
Previous games against Oxford
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 1
1 - 2
2002 - 03
1 - 3
1 - 2
2001 - 02
0 - 0
1 - 1
2000 - 01

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