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Newcastle In Control And Lead Oxford 2-0 At The Half


Newcastle were set up in a 3-5-2 with Miguel Almiron and Joelinton as the two strikers. While the Magpies enjoyed the vast majority of possession, they continued to be sloppy with the ball in the first 15 minutes.

However, Newcastle went on a break after a sliding tackle from Miguel Almiron regained possession in the 15th minute. Joelinton eventually got the ball to Sean Longstaff, but Oxford managed to regain their shape.

Sean launched a shot from outside the box that Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood could do nothing about. It was the early goal that Newcastle desperately needed and an excellent strike from Sean.


They almost made it two just a minute later when Nabil Bentaleb swung in a perfect cross from the left wing to a running Joelinton. However, the Brazilian’s finish was very poor and missed the target altogether. Joelinton made a great run, but his finish let him down.

The tempo of the game improved significantly after the goal. After an Oxford free-kick, Miguel Almiron again made an interception. He played the ball to Sean Longstaff, who unleashed a beautiful long ball over the Oxford backline to Joelinton.

The 23-year-old controlled the ball superbly and calmly slotted it past Eastwood to make in 2-0 in the 30th minute. What a wonderful sequence of play by the Magpies.

Oxford almost immediately had a reply as Jamie Mackie received the ball in the box but his shot was saved by Darlow. A follow-up effort by Sam Long was headed off the line by Jamaal Lascelles.

Joelinton, who had gone down earlier with a hip injury, was forced off in the 36th minute with Allan Saint-Maximin coming on and partnering Miguel Almiron.

Oxford responded well despite going down and look to have a goal in them. Newcastle have to remain diligent and will want to get that third goal to put this one out of reach early in the second half.


326 comments so far

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 4, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Big Joe is a beast, Matty has been taking thuggery lessons from Ritchie and Sean is bleedin awesome

    2
  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Cracking old fashioned cup game. Full throttle all round.

    Well done, NUFC.

    2
  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #3

    neil on the job at half, well done 🙂

    1
  • IITianToon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey guys, any streaming link for the game?

    0
  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I thought Joelinton had scored with a really nice finish…Then I saw the replay- he scuffed it with his studs….

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Shrewsbury holding Liverpool, would be great if they could dump them out 😀

    1
  • Our Toon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Big difference today was longstaff being around joelinton, if he has support there is a player in there, however if we play 40 yards away from him then the struggle continues.

    Longstaff role is an interesting one and food for thought now, do we stick with almiron and ASM out wide, or should almiron play the longstaff role and ASM the almiron role in games going forward to support joelinton. Defo makes us look better going forward

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Gonufc, at least he was there and had the belief to go for it

    1
  • Our Toon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Gonufc

    Come on mate, its scuffed cos of the surface more than anything, still went where he wanted it to go and more importantly it went in.

    3
  • Our Toon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Munster

    Outpaced the defender aswell and confident finish from him, mentally tough kid tbf considering the lack of support and lack of goals for him

    1
  • JDdubai

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Our Toon

    think id go with ASM in the hole and Miggy up front.
    Tho this formation only works if Bruce keeps the wingbacks high to keep the width, if they are dropping back into a back 5 then it wont work.

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah it bounced up just as he went to hit it, just be thankful it went in

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #13

    I wonder what the crowd is at Anfield to watch the kids tonight, it’ll be interesting to find out.

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Well I never, possession, passing, interplay and goals – we’re playing football again hwtl…

    0
  • JDdubai

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #15

    lets get a third to finish this off, only takes a lucky goal back and it’ll be like the alamo.

    0
  • IITianToon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #16

    How are you guys following the game? Any stream?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #17

    I wonder if we’d given Adam Armstrong 29 starts, four against league one opposition, if he’d have more than three goals. Bobbybee would say most definitely.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #18

    IITianToon,
    Aren’t you in the uk.

    0
  • lochinvar

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #19

    IITian
    Can you get BBC 1 , LIVE

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s free on BBC 1 not sure how you can access that from overseas. I’m sure Jibbers can help you out there.

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib posted a link on the previous thread.

    0
  • IITianToon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Na I’m in the US. Its on ESPN+ but I’ll have to buy a subscription lol. Since its televised I was hoping there’d be a streaming link. 😀

    0
  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #23

    IITianToon

    Espn + is only $5 a month and you can cancel anytime.

    1
  • AncientC

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    http://techobest.com/soccer3/?utm_source=soccer100

    Scroll down the page for the play button.

    0
  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #25
  • jasper

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #26

    VPN
    Set location to UK
    Fib about licence fee
    Watch BBC

    1
  • IrishRob

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Matty has been poor for me. Take him off!

    1
  • IITianToon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Thanks Ancient!! 🙂

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Can Bruce see one behind two up front is better than two behind one?

    0
  • jasper

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #30

    On BBC1 via internet you can even reset to the beginning of the game

    0
  • Our Toon

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail

    Last time we played oxford away we lost 3 nil and mitro and perez were the front pairing. Albeit weak side we put out under rafa.

    So a bit disingenuous to say Armstrong would have scored more than joelinton

    1
  • The mighty wyn

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Liverpool losing

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Who’s fuggin baaal
    Wor fuggin baaal!

    1
  • Australian Pie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Darlow showing why he couldn’t ever be a top top keeper, no composure to pick a pass.

    Just a decent shot stopper but thats fine for a back up GK

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #35

    I like hearing the commentator say “Ruffles”!

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Our Toon,
    No it’s not.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #37

    “When the Mags go marching in!”

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Our Toon, how dare you. Rafa always sent out strong teams in the FA cup. Ish.

    0
  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Why are passing it side to side and back all the time, they’re there for the taking – pass forward !!

    0
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 4, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Loving the chemistry between Saint-Maximin and Almiron. Some great link up play between them.

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