Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is looking forward to the trip of Newcastle United on Saturday in the FA Cup 4th round and he says the team are good enough right now to compete in the top half of the Premier League.
Newcastle visit the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in what could be a difficult tie for us and we will be giving the fringe players a chance to shine in that game as they in the 3rd round replay against Birmingham in the 3-1 win.
Oxford United manager Michael Appleton
Oxford are currently in 12th place in League One on 37 points from their 27 games so far.
This is what Appleton has told BBC Radio Oxford today:
“For me, if Newcastle were in the Premier League right now, they’d be a top-10 team,”
“They’ve got a fantastic manager, are a great club with a winning mentality and have fantastic support behind them.”
“We want to make sure we can compete with them on the day. If we’re in the game after 70 minutes, we need to give ourselves a great opportunity of creating an upset.”
“If we can, it will be one of those games people won’t forget for a long time.”
Although we don’t expect the tie to be an easy one, there is a decent chance we can make it through to the fifth round of the competition after reaching the quarter finals of the League Cup last year in Rafa’s first cup competition with Newcastle – not too bad a start.