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Oxford United manager: All we want to focus on is the next two games

Oxford United face Carlisle at the weekend

Oxford United Football Club's players could secure promotion from League Two if they win at Carlisle on Saturday and other results go their way.

The football club has two league matches remaining and if the side wins both, the players will definitely secure promotion. But if results go badly, Bristol Rovers and Plymouth are among the clubs hoping to exploit any slips. Chris Maughan spoke to the U's manager Michael Appleton before the team set off for Carlisle.

Legend's FA Cup goal story to be published, 40 years on

Bobby's goal in the 83rd-minute propelled Southampton to victory Credit: ITV News Meridian

The story of Bobby Stokes - the man who scored the most famous goal in Southampton Football Club's history - is being published next week.

The legendary footballer was born in Portsmouth. He went on to score during the 1976 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. He died in 1995.


  1. Oliver Birch

Saints travel to Bournemouth for South Coast derby

Bournemouth host Southampton on Tuesday night Credit: PA

Bournemouth host Southampton on Tuesday night looking for their first league victory over Saints since 1958.

Named then as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, the Cherries took back-to-back victories over their south coast rivals in the Division Three South, before Saints claimed victory in six of the next nine meetings.

Graziano Pellè and Steven Davis gave Ronald Koeman’s men a 2-0 victory when these sides met at St. Mary’s earlier this season, but their six match unbeaten run came to an end against Chelsea at the weekend.

Bournemouth meanwhile moved five points clear of the relegation zone after their 0-0 draw with Watford, but have won just two of their last 10 Premier League matches at home, and have lost the last three in all competitions at the Vitality.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe will be boosted by the return of Max Gradel, who made his first appearance since recovering from a serious knee injury in the draw with Watford, however he came on for the injured Junior Stanislas (Hamstring), who could miss the tie.

Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings are still recovering from their respective long-term knee injuries, whilst Lewis Grabban (Groin) also missed the clash with Watford.

Shane Long, who scored the opener against Chelsea at the weekend, is a doubt for Southampton, whilst Florin Gardos (Knee) and Jay Rodriguez (Foot) are short of match fitness as they continue their recoveries.

Victor Wanyama is also serving the third game of a five-match suspension for Saints.

Fraser Forster saw his club-record run of 708 minutes without conceding a league goal come to an end against Chelsea, but could set another club record of four clean sheets away from home in the Premier League against Bournemouth.

And whilst the Cherries have scored a league-high eight goals inside the opening 15 minutes this season, Howe’s men have scored just eight goals in total in their last 10 league matches.

Kick Off: 19:45, Vitality Stadium


  1. Tom Savvides

Women's football scores with a new academy

Women's football has been given a boost with the launch of a new coaching programme in Sussex. Lewes Football Club has joined forces with a sixth form college in Hove, where teenage girls can enrol on a two year academy course. The students will also be able to train on a new state of the art pitch. Tom Savvides talks to students Ava Rowbotham and Jessica Tsapparelli. Graham Goldup from Newman College, John Donoghue from Lewes FC and football player Claire Capon.

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