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Newcastle’s Lack Of Quality Leads To 0-0 Stalemate Against Oxford


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.


54 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Longstaff, Shite, the only balls that kid can hold on to are in his shorts. ASM, Shite, watch me try all these tricks and lose the ball, hold on have you seen this, shit I lost it again, wait what about this, shit lost it again.
    Astu, Shite, I’ll show ASM how to do a trick, fcuk lost the ball, ASM watch this, shit lost it again.
    That’s what you get when you think just because a team is two leagues down they should just be so much easier to beat. 5-4-1 SB wtf.

    17
  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Joelinton unlucky not to be the match winner
    Longstaff and Bentaleb look like a solid partnering
    Oxford a tough nut to crack

    2
  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Hahahahaha

    Trying to put a positive spin on that?

    14
  • Uncertain Toon

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Aye, St Max dould have done with releasing that pass earlier for JoeLinton.

    I went for 4-0 to us, in retrospect I might have underestimated Oxford, just a tad!!!

    3
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2
    Joelinton unlucky not to be the match winner
    Longstaff and Bentaleb look like a solid partnering
    Oxford a tough nut to crack

    What? Longstaff was f,ING poor and that’s being kind

    17
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Well worth every penny of £5 I’d say. Chin up!

    I agree, a side two divisions down are indeed a tough nut to crack.

    14
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    As I said prior to the game, full house, cheap tickets, should have been a rare opportunity to see entertainment. What could possibly go wrong?

    14
  • DaveD1000

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Darlow did himself no harm and tbf I thought Atsu made a decent showing

    1
  • Our Toon

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Last time we played oxford away in the cup we lost 3 nil in 2017

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Hail I would agree with them rating although maybe Schar would be a 4 as he kept losing it at the end. Bentaleb played ok for me as you say made some good passes but overall the team looked disjointed. There is no link up play or understanding at all it’s like they are just 11 individuals out there who have never met each other.

    4
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Mackie was all over Lascelles today like a rash and if they just had a tiny bit of quality they would have won. They had by far the best chances.
    Agree BBB Shaun Longstaffe was poor. I bet Manure don’t come back with a bid of £50M for him this window despite their shortcomings. If so snap their hand off but please get his kid brother Matty a new contract NOW!

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Just come in to the office and seen this result. If this does not reinforce the urgency to buy a bloody striker in the next week then I don’t know what is. Never mind Gayle, Carroll and Muto returning, they don’t have a goal between them, if Mikey really has taken to his new mate so kindly then surely he’ll buy him a goal scorer.

    18
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d like to know what percentage of our “successful completed” passes went sideways or backwards and what per cent of forward passes actually found a man.
    I hear if Spurs now have the Chosen One why do we have to have The Clueless One?

    8
  • Our Toon

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #14

    West Lancs

    I said in the summer we should accept 30m for longstaff as he’ll struggle to play at the level he did in that breakthrough season.

    Having said that he is here and although another poor performance from him, hopefully the lad is learning and comes back stronger. After all he is still young

    Traore of wolves is the perfect example, poor for a few years but the penny has dropped and its dropped big time with him

    1
  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Longstaff still recovering from a bad injury
    He’ll be back
    Should have won the game
    No two ways about it
    But we dominated
    A bit more in the final third and we’re there

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail we have the man with bandaged head!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #17

    I see that crap Scottish bloke equalised for Norwich!

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #18

    At least the selling price of the club can’t have gone UP after that.

    1
  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Joelinton, Gayle, Carroll and Muto
    50 league appearances this season between them
    1 goal to show for it

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20

    West Lancs Geordie,
    You can’t be on about Carroll as he’s got a bandaged knee, groin, ribs and ankle as well as his bandaged head.

    0
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #21

    West lancs, Matty deserves more than £850 a week. It worries me he hasn’t signed a new contract!

    As for Shaun. I dunno. He was rubbish today as he has been recently, but has his head been turned by man u?

    Or is he crocked from injury? I dunno

    2
  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Sean Longstaff is awful. I’d take £30m now. Get rid. Keep Matty. He seems to be better. We must sign Bowen, Marega and Piatek plus a left back. Got lots to do.

    6
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23

    I wonder if Sean is still carrying a knock he looks so much slower and sluggish than he did last year.

    We are missing a Javier Hernandez type of player. Someone with pure striking instincts as nobody in our team has that. Bowen does look to have that from what I’ve seenX

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #24

    no need to panic guys. brucie is a canny bloke and after a double running session all these clever german blokes wont know what to do. we just need to want it more than the other team thats all. tactics are for the so called experts.

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Not sure why you’re laughing Frog.

    3
  • Nufc-83

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Next year will be very interesting in our striker department (even if we get one in within the next week). We need to get rid of Muto, Gayle and Carrol so need at least two strikers.

    4
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Our Toon
    Yeah remember when Traore played for the Smoggies now he’s one of the success stories in the Premiership this season and certainly one reason why Wolves are over performing.
    Still think Matty will end up the most successful of the Longstaffe brothers. Real nice family too! Perhaps Shaun would do better under a more astute coach and mentor?

    2
  • dougie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s a typical horror show from Zombie Direct FC,hope the sheep had a nice time.5 at the back against league 1.Pathetic,clueless and embarrassing,somebody remove Bruce the serial failure dinosaur for ffs.

    6
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Munster Mag

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25
    Not sure why you’re laughing Frog.

    “Hats off to charnley & co”

    Seems funny to me!

    12
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Crikey an afternoon written off, taxi duties dodged to watch that load of muck in foreign. 🙂 Wot a facking liberty!!

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #31

    NUFC-83 I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. He’s been playing far too many with knocks and rushing others back before they are ready. What worries me most is . Why do we seem to get so many more injuries than other clubs especially with the poor percentage possession we have been experiencing all season.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Bbb…. Frog was laughing saying ” put a positive spin on that”. Enjoys nufc struggling. Sad.

    4
  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #33

    West Lancs Geordie

    Could it be the permafrost this far north?

    0
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Munster Mag

    Jan 24, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14
    Bills I cant see the striker happening unless its Bowen and he doesnt seem a “through the middle” striker. I think the over investment in Joel means we stick with him. If he could just get a bit more physical and cover the ground more, he could still do a job for us, albeit not a great one. Bentaleb will be a super signing and hats off to Charnley and Co .

    3
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Funny before the game it was hats off to Bruce for fielding a strong team after the game well…they have just met each other never played together before etc….

    I think we can see the cups have the same priority as ever.

    3
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Hat fixed firmly atop head…..

    3
  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Still in the cup

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #38

    don’t think anyone is laughing at toon struggling , more likely laughing at oneself at the futility of thinking we were going to put on a display against a league 1 team that has 5 first teamers out through injury and haven’t won a game in 2020 – it’s that or cry (

    9
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t know what anyone else was watching and what the”positives” were (no serious injuries this game?) But that was same old rubbish and if it was a pl game we would have needed a lucky streak all right.

    5
  • Mindshaft

    Jan 25, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    BBS – well Bent has just met the other players

    1

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