Newcastle were better in the second half but still far short of acceptable as they only managed a 0-0 draw against Oxford this afternoon. We now face another replay after failing to get past a League One side again on the first time of asking.
The Magpies came out unchanged after a poor 0-0 first half. There was immediate improvement from Newcastle as they instantly started on the front foot and applied constant pressure for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
However, while they had a few decent chances, nothing was too threatening for Simon Eastwood in the Oxford net. A Sean Longstaff giveaway led to an Oxford break but Newcastle were able to get numbers back in defense.
But it afforded Oxford a reprieve from the constant Newcastle pressure of the opening 15 minutes of the half. Oxford were able to get a few corners and turn the tide from Newcastle’s dominance.
While Newcastle managed 11 shots in the second half, far too few were quality as Eastwood only had to make a couple of saves. In fact, it was Karl Darlow who was called into action late with a couple of critical saves after having to do very little for the first hour of this match.
Steve Bruce made all of his substitutes, but they ended up not making much of a difference, although both Matty Longstaff and Christian Atsu were very involved in the game when they came on.
Matty Longstaff was brought on for Allan Saint-Maximin in the 70-minute mark. Christian Atsu came on for Nabil Bentaleb in the 79th minute with Isaac Hayden coming on for Sean Longstaff in the 87th minute.
This was a disappointing performance as Newcastle now face the prospect of a replay at Oxford. While we’re still in the draw, the lads did not get the job done today.