Match preview: Oxford United v York City

York Press: Match preview: York City v Oxford United Match preview: York City v Oxford United

OXFORD United are not expected to make any changes for their Good Friday showdown with York City.

New boss Gary Waddock enjoyed his first win in charge of the U's during Saturday's 2-0 victory at Sky Bet League Two play-off rivals Plymouth.

Waddock had lost each of his first three matches in charge without scoring a goal but, after making four changes to his side for the Home Park clash, looks close to settling on his preferred starting line-up.

Former Premier League striker Dave Kitson and Oxford's all-time second top scorer James Constable were recalled for the Devon game and will retain their places after both getting on the scorsheet.

That means ex-Republic of Ireland international David Connolly is expected to remain on the bench while Deane Smalley remains doubtful with a calf problem.

The U's only other injury absentee is defender Johnny Mullins, who will miss the rest of the regular season due to a broken metatarsal.

Kitson and Constable's return to goalscoring form was welcome for a side that had only netted three times in their previous eight matches.

One-time Reading forward Kitson had not hit the target in 11 fixtures since mid-December, while 12-goal leading marksman Constable remains two short of Graham Atkinson's all-time club scoring record of 107, having notched for the first time in ten games.

The win over Plymouth, who were reduced to ten men at 1-0 down when Max Blanchard was sent off after 50 minutes, was only Oxford's second in 11 matches and propelled the Kassam Stadium club back into the play-off positions at the expense of the Minstermen.

Former City midfielder Nicky Wroe, who spent the 2007/08 campaign at Bootham Crescent, also returned to the first XI against Plymouth and will line up against his old club tomorrow.

Wroe, 28, has managed two goals in 15 outings since arriving on loan from Preston during the January transfer window.

Oxford (probable): Clarke, Hunt, Wright, Raynes, Newey, Williams, Wroe, Ruffles, O'Dowda, Kitson, Constable.

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8:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

A tough game for sure but nothing we should be too concerned about. Win two and draw one should do it for the play offs but a top 8/9 finish would still be a result for me. Good luck tomorrow from Ohio.
A tough game for sure but nothing we should be too concerned about. Win two and draw one should do it for the play offs but a top 8/9 finish would still be a result for me. Good luck tomorrow from Ohio. chuckabuttie
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