In what was another complete shock for Newcastle, we suffered our biggest defeat of the season at Oxford United today and went down to a 3-0 defeat to the League One side.
Reports of the game suggest it was just and abject and terrible performance from the Newcastle side and Oxford deserved their win.
In fact it was quite an easy win for Oxford at the end of the game – that’s how bad it was.
So this time Newcastle’s second team couldn’t get the job done and this will do nothing for our confidence and we will have to be a lot better on Wednesday night and next Saturday afternoon to get two wins against QPR and Derby County.
Newcastle concede another goal
The only games we have left now are the Championship games and we have to win as many of those as possible in order to get promoted – we must get promoted.
But this was another of our FA embarrassing defeats and quite simply — we have had too many of these in the past.
And the team we played today shows that the Championship is the number one priority and given the (second) team we put out in the replay against Birmingham City we were a little surprised we won that game.
But this was a shocking display from this Newcastle team whoever was playing for us and this has to go down as not only the worst result of the season (it is), but also the worst display from any Newcastle side under Rafa Benitez.
Rafa made 9 changes to the side that started the game against Rotherham last Saturday with only Hayden and Perez keeping their places, so it was a weakened Newcastle side in front of a sold-out Kassam Stadium.
It is one of the best results Oxford have ever had – and they deserved it.
All the goals came in the second half from Kane Hemmings (47), Curtis Nelson (79) and Toni Martinez (87) when the home team overpowered Newcastle for a famous victory and really – the less said about the Newcastle performance the better.
Mitrovic looked slow and not fully fit and had a very poor game on his comeback from that knee injury and he missed a number of good opportunities in the first half and not many Newcastle players were much better today.
Mitro also managed to miss a second half penalty for Newcastle with the goalkeeper guessing right and saving his poor shot.
The two late goals heaped on the embarrassment of a Newcastle side who were very poor today and once again we take an early exit from the FA Cup.
Bottom line – very poor show today – our long-suffering fans are suffering again tonight.
We need to take both QPR and Derby County to the cleaners in the next two games to make up for this disastrous display.
Newcastle: Sels; Good, Hanley, Haidara (Ritchie, 77); Gamez, Hayden, Barlaser, El-Mhanni (Gouffran 68), Lazaar; Perez, Mitrovic.
Subs not used: Elliot, Dummett, Lascelles, Shelvey, Yedlin.
Oxford: Eastwood, Skarz, Lundstram, Nelson, Maguire (Martinez, 70), Hemmings (Sercombe, 83), Edwards, Hall, Ledson, Johnson, Dunkley.
Subs not used: Agboola, Macdonald, Ruffels, Rothwell, Raglan.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)
Attendance: 11,810 (1,787 Newcastle)