OXFORD United will be hoping to repeat strong opening day results on the big stage at Pride Park tomorrow.

The U’s face Derby County in front of a 30,000 crowd, evoking recent memories of strong displays on the road.

Against former top flight opposition, United have taken four points from two massive away clashes in the last decade.

The U’s came away from Sunderland with a point three years ago, while the thrashing of Portsmouth at Fratton Park in 2013 lives long in the memory of United supporters.

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Tariqe Fosu gave United an early lead, coolly finishing from Ben Woodburn’s pass.

Four minutes after half-time, Lynden Gooch won and converted a penalty to equalise for the Black Cats.

The hosts piled on the pressure in seven minutes of stoppage time, but United held firm to claim a share of the spoils.


In similar circumstances to Derby, the U’s headed to a former Premier League side blighted by off-field problems.

In further similarities, there was a sense of optimism at the club with a supporters trust recently taking over.

However, United came from behind to spoil the party in front of a record Sky Bet League Two crowd.

Patrick Agyemang gave Pompey the lead, however Deane Smalley and Alfie Potter both scored twice in each half, with Johnny Ertl sent off just before the hour mark.