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Newcastle Can’t Make Breakthrough Against Oxford In Frustrating 0-0 First Half


Newcastle have a fight on their hands as they end a very disappointing first half 0-0 at St James Park against Oxford. We’ve created far too little, and the scrappiness of this game suits the visitors.

Newcastle came out in a 5-3-2 with Saint-Maximin playing centrally behind Joelinton. Nabil Bentaleb was the deepest lying midfielder with Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron in front of him.

The game was sloppy for much of this half with very little quality from either side. Newcastle’s center-halves saw far too much of the ball as Oxford did a good job of preventing the midfield from getting into the game.

Newcastle started to come to life a bit at about the twenty-minute mark with a few attacks; however, a quality final ball was again short supply.

Most of the attacks came through Allan Saint-Maximin, who Oxford were able to quickly get a couple of defenders on. Though the Frenchman had a nice run in the 40th minute that resulted in a save from Oxford’s Simon Eastwood.

Newcastle have looked solid defensively but continue to be sloppy in possession, of which they have close to 70% of.

Miguel Almiron has been strangely quiet for much of the first half with very few attacks.

Nabil Bentaleb has looked good as he sits very deep in front of the Newcastle backline. He had a crucial tackle on Marcus Browne in Newcastle’s box in the 35th minute after the attacker had got past Yedlin.

Newcastle need to do far more in the second half to avoid another early exit from the FA Cup. Oxford are up for this one and will be the happier of the two sides at how this game is unfolding.


176 comments so far

  • Sheikh Unknown

    Jan 25, 2020 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Totally dreadful with sod all desire or intensity.

    Get Sorensen on for JoeLinton asap and give the other players a boot up the arse.

    5
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 25, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Needs to ditch the 3 at the back in games like this

    Rafa had Rondon and Perez which had the killer instinct but we need more bodies in midfield to commit into the box don’t need a 3rd centre half

    1
  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Jan 25, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Joelinton and Bentaleb have been alright I guess. ASM playing well. Miggy trying his best.

    0
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I was very hopeful beforehand, but it’s looking like a scalp I’m waiting unless we do something different

    0
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Scalp in* waiting

    0
  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Im sure we will see the tactical genius at work in the 2nd half

    2
  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Honestly we could play with an extra 2 people and it still wouldnt make a difference

    1
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Have hope. I expect something different 2nd half. Bruce has to know this isn’t working. Right?

    0
  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe this is why Jabba didnt want any kind of cup run
    Its utterly terrible to watch

    LOL

    0
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    We will toon22,

    Oxfords manager is very savy don’t you know!

    LOL

    3
  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #11

    mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM
    Comment #8

    Dont hold yer breath

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Bruce – The Clueless. We still need a PROPER bloody striker in this window. No good flooding the club with midfield players if only the defenders can score goals. Put Schar up top next half.

    0
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Think we started with the wrong Longstaff brother on the pitch. ASM very little end product and Almiron not involved enough. Dropped back too deep as the half went on and they started to come into the game more. Need to press higher and up the intensity.

    0
  • Zele

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Different manager and different players but it’s looking like an all to familiar result as in previous years at this stage of the cup if it continues in the second half the way it has done in the first.

    Passing poor, intensively weak, little desire and little control.

    Bentaleb looking good for someone who hasn’t played regularly for awhile. He is thinking quicker than Longstaff who continues to dwell on the ball.

    2
  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t know what folk expected
    Two central midfielders who just met each other three days ago
    I’d like to think Bruce tells Benny to run with the ball at their defence more.
    I think maybe the wrong Longstaff is in midfield

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Well they’ve never looked like scoring, same as us!!!!

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Wallet

    I agree. Matty much more confident, better at taking up attacking positions and all-round a better footballer especially in the final third.

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Sheik unknown you must know the prospective new owners . Get your hat in the ring for the managers job NOW.

    1
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib

    Nothing to do with Bentaleb being new. He looks okay so far. You’re right about the brothers Longstaff, though. Sean has been desperately poor this season

    0
  • Zele

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Any money on a 95th winner ?

    0
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Robinson having a lovely cup of coffee.

    0
  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Well, if people are happy to pay to watch what Ashley’s serving up, can they really complain after a cr*p first half?

    Just a thought from someone who’s not there, listening or watching but relying on Neil’s assessment.

    2
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Bentaleb has played the pass of the half but whole team very disjointed. The midfield is constantly bypassed.

    Why we play 5 at the back against this level of opposition is beyond me!

    3
  • davetoon

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully Ritchie can make some forward runs in this half

    0
  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib

    Not being one to nitpick, but if you might want to check Companies House about Staveley’s company. Sane

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Better more positive passing so far. Have to maintain it and the goal will come.

    0
  • AncientC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I think it’s fair to say some very late goals in games are masking an underlying problem.

    Currently, the form table has Newcastle in 15th. D, W, D, L, L, L.

    And that is getting the rub of the green this season with late goals and defenders scoring. Something that will need to be addressed going into next season.

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    ASM held it too long and Joe knew it. Tucked it away as well 😆

    0
  • The Wife

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Looking a little better this half.

    2
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Good finish from Joelinton there. Miscommunication between hom and ASM caught him offside, shame.

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Much better. Get at them and show our quality. Don’t be afraid of a League 1 side.

    0
  • toon kk

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    According to commentary we’ve picked up the tempo and had a few shots?

    0
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    I hate saying it, but Sean Longstaff is so so bad

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #34

    This is a painful watch

    0
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Longstaff’s passing has been abysmal. A real weak link. Seems only to be good for taking pot shots.

    Schar with a standard knock to the head he gets every time he plays.

    2
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Longstaff needs to be subbed

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Sean Longstaff constantly misplacing 4-5 yds passes leaving our players in 50-50 challenges with chance of injury. Hook him now!

    3
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Longstaff so frustrating today. His passing and vision have been poor

    2
  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Also, Schär

    Probably time to retire. Was it just me or was he just knocked out cold? He went completely limp. He’s had what— four concussions this past year that we know about?

    They only get worse and easier to come by

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 25, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Oxford taking it to us

    1
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