Gateshead V Oxford Utd at Gateshead International Stadium : Match Preview

04 December 2013 05:01
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As you were for Heed

Gateshead manager Gary Mills has no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of the FA Cup first-round replay with Sky Bet League Two side Oxford.

Mills, whose side conceded two late goals in the initial tie to set up a replay, has options available to him should he wish to freshen things up.

Marcus Maddison and Joe Tait are pushing for starting berths after coming off the bench to score in the closing stages of the 4-1 victory over Hednesford Town in the FA Trophy at the weekend.

The Heed have won their last three matches in all competitions and know victory against the U's would set up a second-round encounter with fellow Skrill Premier side Wrexham.

Oxford boss Chris Wilder is hopeful forward Deane Smalley will be ready in time.

The 25-year-old has missed his side's last three matches with a groin problem but is likely to return to the matchday squad on Thursday, while Sean Rigg (hamstring) is still out.

Wilder, who was given permission to speak to Portsmouth about their vacant managerial position earlier in the week, remains without a host of players.

On-loan Shrewsbury defender Asa Hall is ineligible and long-term absentees Andy Whing, Alfie Potter and Jon Meades (all ankle) are still sidelined.

Source: PA