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 )
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