OXFORD UNITED had to abandon their team bus after an alcohol spray used to combat coronavirus set off the anti-drink-drive system.
The bus stalled for six hours – meaning the squad had to use cars and taxis to reach Accrington’s ground in time for kick-off.
Oxford’s coach sprayed sterilising alcohol gel around the cabin to make sure everyone on board is Covid-19 secure.
But some of the spray was picked up by a sensor that stops the coach driver starting the vehicle if they have drunk alcohol.
The League One stars had to find an alternative way of getting to the Wham Stadium.
After the disastrous journey, manager Karl Robinson said: “Our coaches broke down.
“We had to get changed in a hotel and make our way in staff cars, get taxis, you name it.
“We also had four players test positive for Covid-19 on Thursday but it’s not Covid, there’s a flu going around.
“But you can’t change it. Things aren’t falling in our favour but it’s not going to change our mentality.
” The players are motivated by what’s gone wrong.”
Despite arriving later than planned, Oxford United managed to pick up three points with a 4-1 win.
James Henry opened the scoring before Ryan Cassidy bagged the equaliser in the 72nd minute.
An own-goal by Joe Pritchard gave them the lead before Matt Taylor found the net twice in two minutes.