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Our Player Ratings for Frustrating FA Cup Stalemate Against Oxford

This was the team selected for today’s disappointing stalemate against Oxford in the FA Cup, including the three second-half substitutes.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Karl Darlow – 8

  • Darlow did everything asked of him this afternoon. He had nothing thrown his way for the first 60 minutes but was called into action after that. Karl did brilliantly to confidently claim a second-half corner. He kept Newcastle level after handling a one-on-one situation with Oxford’s Marcus Browne. Darlow also made a good save on a shot from Nathan Holland in stoppage time.

DeAndre Yedlin – 5

  • Yedlin returned after missing the last four matches including the Rochdale replay with a knee injury. The American was a bit rusty. While he was excellent in getting forward as an outlet on the right, his touch often let him down and his deliveries failed to find their target.

Fabian Schar – 6

  • Fabian Schar played some beautiful long-range passes that found their targets deep in Oxford territory. He was stout defensively making several interceptions and blocks. However, his free-kick from just outside the box in the second half was wasteful. He moved into the midfield late in the game as Newcastle pushed for a winner and didn’t look out of place.

Jamaal Lascelles – 5

  • Lascelles spent much of the match on a yellow after a rash early challenge on Shandon Baptiste after the skipper had a heavy touch. He had two very good chances to get Newcastle the lead but couldn’t direct his headers on target. Lascelles was dominant in the air and handled everything Oxford threw at him for the most part.

Ciaran Clark – 6

  • The 30-year-old was again our best defender and made a few marauding runs in the first half. He handled the Oxford attackers adeptly as he put in another solid display defensively.

Matt Ritchie – 6

  • Ritchie was full of running and commitment but didn’t take on his man often enough and head for the byline. Matt is still coming back to full fitness but was involved all game long and tried to take us forward when in possession. He should have taken the late free-kick that Schar wasted as it was begging for a left-footed shot.

Nabil Bentaleb – 6

  • Not a bad debut for the new boy. He sat very deep and made a critical challenge in the first half when Yedlin was beaten by an Oxford attacker. Also had a very good effort from 30 yards early in the second half that Simon Eastwood did well to gather. Nabil is clearly short of match fitness as he faded in the second half.

Sean Longstaff – 4

  • Sean was poor again in the Newcastle midfield. He gave the ball away far too often. A couple of times it led to breaks for Oxford. His terrible pass in the 60th minute gave Oxford a reprieve which led to a spell of possession for the visitors. He’s just not the same player he was last year which is starting to raise some eyebrows.

Miguel Almiron – 5

  • Miguel grew into the game and was our main threat in the second half. He had two breaks where he could have been through on goal but was fouled from behind by an Oxford defender on both occasions. Almiron had a clear cut chance late in the game from a Joelinton knockdown but couldn’t direct his shot on target.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 5

  • There were moments when Allan looked unplayable with multiple Oxford defenders desperately trying to keep pace. He fashioned a very nice effort near the end of the first half. However, he had issues with his touch and was sometimes slow to play the right ball on the counter. Allan began to fade before being replaced by Matty Longstaff in the 70th minute.

Joelinton – 6

  • Joelinton battled hard all game and had to have his head rebandaged several times after a first-half collision with Rob Dickie. The Brazilian had two nice efforts called off due to offsides, one of which Allan Saint-Maximin was too slow to pull the trigger on. Joelinton’s first touch was good and he was one of the few Magpies to retain possession when on the ball. He also made some threatening runs at the Oxford defense. However, he missed the few decent chances to fall his way. The 23-year-old let his emotions get the best of him too often and was demonstrably frustrated the entire game.


Matty Longstaff – 7

  • Matty came on for Allan Saint-Maximin in the 70th minute and immediately launched an effort that just flew wide of the far post. He gave us a bit of a spark when coming on and was lively in the midfield.

Christian Atsu – n/a

  • Atsu was a bit better than he has been recently as he was more involved when coming on in the 78th minute. Got by his man on a couple of occasions but his final ball was lacking. Not on the pitch long enough for a rating.

Isaac Hayden – n/a

  • Isaac came on in the 87th minute for Sean Longstaff. Not on the pitch long enough for a rating.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Oxford?

  • Karl Darlow (24%, 728 )
  • Miguel Almiron (22%, 685 )
  • Nabil Bentaleb (12%, 377 )
  • Joelinton (11%, 337 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 283 )
  • Matt Ritchie (8%, 255 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (4%, 109 )
  • Fabian Schar (3%, 90 )
  • Matty Longstaff (2%, 77 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 36 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 35 )
  • Federico Ferndandez (1%, 32 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 31 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 13 )

Total Voters: 3,088

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19 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry but i really couldnt vote on this

    They were all terrible, maybe Karl Darlow as he did his job fine

  • toon22

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #3

    ”We’ll hit them on the break”
    Jeezus, Mary and the Holy Joseph!!!

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry but i really couldnt vote on this”

    Don’t apologise

    Nobody gives a f@@k

  • Our Toon

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Season ticket renewals are around the corner but to put out a fake takeover story makes no sense, the ones who have renewed I’d say most will keep going no matter what. Good on them btw, I’ve no qualms about that and they are better than me (no sarcasm)

    The story broke outside of uk rather than one of Ashley’s mouth piece pr bs uk based reporter aswell so to say it’s the same old thing wouldnt quite be right.

    However I’ve no doubt we have interested parties, problem is does he want to sell, it’s probably the reason stories like this get leaked as the prospective buyers get to a certain point and hit a brick wall, so frustration makes them leak to press to potentially turn the impasse with fans support.

    Just my thoughts btw

  • kilcline

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Fakeover designed for ticket sales and PR for Twatshley and his corrupt businesses


  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Last year it was Monochrome Holdings
    This time it’s the Zebra Project apparently

  • posada

    Jan 25, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #9

    #BoycottAshley ( OP)
    Jan 25, 2020 at 12:29 PM
    Comment #15
    We’ll know if its bollocks soon enough, if it’s TRUE whoever leaked the story will be executed at dawn.
    His career choice.
    I like that MBS.
    Seems like a canny lad.

  • posada

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Something has to be done about these deliberate fouls.
    Like the one when Miggy was on his way.
    They will get the game done away with.

    No option has to be a red. Warn them and then do it a couple of times and it will stop.

    It’s not a mistimed tackle. It’s not done on the spur of the moment.
    It’s a well thought out premeditated action.
    If all else fails take a booking.

    Their choice to do it. Their choice to take a red if they want.
    That’s how it should work.

  • kc2012

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Sean Longstaff has gone from being our future hope to being probably one of the worst players we’ve had in recent years and we’ve had some shockers. Can’t keep possession, can’t tackle, can’t play a simple 5 yard pass and is completely anonymous 99% of the games he plays in. Don’t like to see the local lads sold but honestly I’d cash in on him whilst he’s still relatively highly rated. Matty is a much better player, as are the rest of our midfielders including lazy 4mph top speed Ki.

    Thought Bentaleb was ok, clearly not match fit though and ASM was good but takes way too many touches when players are free in front of him (Joelinton).

    Other than that we were matched Today by a little lower division club but fair play to Oxford for giving as good as they got.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I know you have me down as whatever a ”carper” is but my first reaction after seeing the result was not to have a go at the manager I dislike a lot, but to point the finger at the owner and suggest we get a striker. Pronto! However, in saying that, if Stevie is going to continue to try and curry favour with the owner by saying we have Gayle, Muto and Carroll returning and the owner decides to hang him out to dry, well if those three strikers, who have not a single goal between them come back and carry on their form, then Brucie is on record saying that we didn’t need any strikers bringing in or that there wasn’t any out there better than what we have, well we all know that is not quite true, don’t we. This then makes Stevie the patsy he says he isn’t. So let’s hope for all our sake’s that Mikey brings in someone who can score goals.

  • toon kk

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Our toon
    As far as Fake over goes, of course its a Ashley scam, he’ll have contacts all over the world to set any bull crap he wants them to.
    Season tickets need to be sold.

  • posada

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Sean Longstaff was poor.
    What’s the problem.
    Is it contract issues and potential moves.

    If someone offers 20M you should sell for that or keep the player and put him on a wage commensurate with being a 20M player. If you keep him on 5K a week it causes no end of grief.
    Injury, illness and loss of form mean the chance might never come again.

    He’s not a kid. Not at 22. Get into Chumleys office and sort it out.
    It it’s that type of thing.

  • posada

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #15

    If it’s that even.

  • Pat On The Heed

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #16

    KC – Longstaff’s out of form but you really do need to calm down and give ya heed a shake. This “selling players” knee-jerk reaction – after a bad game or even run – especially young ones as a way of venting your armchair frustration/boredom is chronic. Try lifting YOUR game a little…

    Hail Wor Ashley and JP were at it the other day. Spouting macho rot. I don’t expect everyone on here to be Plato when it comes to insights, but it would be a better forum if people didn’t demand players be sold or dropped to the reserves or whatever indignity your bored fingers happen to tap out – because they’ve had a bad game.

    Things change – often in the blink of an eye. There are many NUFC players who struggled at first but came good. Back. The. Players…

  • c-dog

    Jan 25, 2020 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #17

    S. Longstaff is a young player of immense potential
    The idea that he’s poor is ridiculous
    He’s someone who’s showed he has the ability
    A very bad injury and change of manager who was instrumental in his introduction during the crucially establishment period In his PL career is of course going to affect him
    I have no doubt he will lead our midfield for many years

  • onmeedsun

    Jan 25, 2020 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Everyone is pissed off, it’s natural, especially after a game we should have won at home. Perspective. We can still beat them in the replay, but need 3 points against Norwich first. Lose both and season could implode. We always seem to be on a knife edge. Why can’t we just enjoy following our club? Because we have never been well run so the team has never been consistent, so we never know what we’re going yo get. There should be a health warning following this club!

  • RoyalToon

    Jan 26, 2020 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Todays performance was depressing. I cant believe we are a premier league team on that display.

    Cant string a few passes together and no movement off the ball so no options to even play passes. This is kids stuff, pass and move. You may not get the ball every time but it makes space for others.

    Almiron was the only player who was coming short to get the ball, everyone else just stands and waits to get it then gives it away. ASM wont move until he has the ball at his feet, just trying to make himself look good.

    Joelinton does ok with the ball at his feet but we always just hit long/high balls up to him. He was playing on the defenders shoulder but we never looked to play that sort of pass but even then he doesnt have the pace to run in behind. He only does well when he comes short for the ball into feet but again he rarely try to do that and we dont look to play that pass. Surely this is coming from the coaches/manager. Everything was bad today. Bruce cant blame the players if this is how they are being told to play.

    We cant pass and have no pace anywhere in the team. Only chance we have is to play for set pieces. Try and win corners and get the back 3 up with a good delivery. Or just hope the opposition make more mistakes than we do.

    Cant believe I payed money to go to the match today. It was punishing/depressing to watch.


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