The Oxford win over Newcastle yesterday shows just why the FA Cup is so liked in England – but it sucks when you are on the wrong end of a shocking defeat – once again.
Newcastle were good in the first half and should have been ahead – maybe the game could have been over and missing the penalty in the second half didn’t help.
But based on Oxford’s dominance, persistence and passion in that second half they deserved to win the game and the 3-0 score-line was extremely embarrassing to say the least.
Oxford players look happy in second half
This was the greatest win in Oxford manager Michael Appleton’s management career and as you would expect he was really upbeat after the game.
This is some of what Michael said:
“The fact they made the changes doesn’t detract from what we’ve achieved.” “Having watched the Birmingham game back, I knew the quality they’ve got.”
“You only have to look at what they had on the bench – Rafa might disagree, but I think they’ve got a Premier League squad.”
“If that side was plying its trade in the Premier League, in terms of the squad and what he’s got available, I do believe they would be in the top half of the Premier League.”
“When they get there this season, I expect them to be contesting in the top half of the Premier League next season.”
“For me personally, beating Newcastle is probably a bigger achievement than it was beating Arsenal in the fifth round at the Emirates with Blackburn.”
“Even though we’re still the only team to do it in Arsene Wenger’s reign.”
“We’re delighted we’re in the last 16.” “It’s a fantastic achievement for the club.”
Well I guess we made everybody associated with Oxford very happy yesterday – but Michael’s comments on our squad fall flat after such a dreadful defeat.
But Rafa will need to look at some of the players who didn’t show up in that second half and as we’ve said before, Rafa will have another huge clear out of players this summer as he tries to further improve the squad.
What happened yesterday is evidence it needs to be strengthened.
Some of the players who didn’t turn up yesterday in those final 45 minutes could also find themselves leaving Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?