Newcastle were considering sending the players to Dubai after this weekend’s match against Norwich for the February winter break. However, the caveat was either a win or a loss against Oxford this past Saturday.
With the 0-0 draw, Newcastle now face a replay at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday. So the winter break plans in Dubai have been scrapped.
The Chronicle have a report with the following comments from Steve Bruce about the FA Cup replays being scheduled during the supposed winter break:
“For me, it’s a ridiculous situation that you’re supposed to have a week off and then all of a sudden, they’ve shoved replays in there, so what’s the point?
“But the performance is just not good enough on the day, which is disappointing.”
Bruce will instead give the players some time off to be with their families after the replay on Tuesday. Hopefully, Bruce’s assertion that the lads will play better at Oxford is the case.
Newcastle will find out who their potential opponent could be for the fifth round tonight.
These are the ball numbers for the drawing:
1: Tranmere Rovers or Manchester United
3: Southampton or Tottenham Hotspur
4: Sheffield Wednesday
5: Bournemouth or Arsenal
6: Northampton Town or Derby County
7: Leicester City
8: Sheffield United
9: Reading or Cardiff City
10: West Bromwich Albion
11: Norwich City
12: Coventry City or Birmingham City
13: Manchester City
14: Newcastle United or Oxford United
16: Shrewsbury Town or Liverpool
Hopefully, we can get a favorable draw tonight and take care of business next Tuesday at Oxford.