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Newcastle Need Extra Time To Defeat Oxford 3-2


Well Newcastle almost let this one slip away but Allan Saint-Maximin saved fans from the dread of a penalty shoot-out with a late winner tonight. We squandered a two-goal lead and it looked very dire early in extra time but the quality of Saint-Maximin has saved the day.

Newcastle came out unchanged after a comfortable 2-0 first-half. They immediately were on the front foot with Almiron and Saint-Maximin looking very lively as the front two.

Sean Longstaff was also playing high up the pitch in support of the two strikers. Newcastle dominated possession but didn’t create many chances in the first 20 minutes of the half.

Oxford had a few breaks where they were able to play the ball out wide and whip in some dangerous crosses. However, Newcastle’s defense were very disciplined and handled Oxford’s attacks.

Newcastle lost some dominance of the midfield as the tempo of the game dropped a bit midway through the half. Newcastle still defended very well, but Oxford got a few more chances as they made a few changes.

Then the Oxford reply came through an 84th-minute free-kick from substitute Liam Kelly. He struck the ball very well, and Karl Darlow got a hand on the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

The game went back and forth with Miguel Almiron getting a chance right after Kelly’s goal. Then Oxford won a late corner that Karl Darlow initially hesitated on but eventually claimed the ball.

Allan Saint-Maximin made a brilliant move down the left into the box and pulled the ball back to an open Sean Longstaff, who put his shot wide. He should have done better.

Newcastle then brought Isaac Hayden on for Miguel Almiron with just 4 minutes of added time to go. Oxford pushed everyone forward on a late free-kick from deep.

We just didn’t do enough to handle it as the ball found Nathan Holland, who volleyed it past Karl Darlow to send the game to extra time.

With all the momentum on their side, Oxford immediately came on the front foot. To make matters worse, Newcastle had just one forward in Allan Saint-Maximin on the pitch.

Bruce brought Ciaran Clark on for Florian Lejeune at the 96-minute mark and then Christian Atsu for Nabil Bentaleb in the 102nd minute.

Newcastle looked a bit more threatening with Atsu on the pitch as he made a few good runs. To start the second half of extra-time, the 28-year-old did well cutting in from the right and whipping in a shot which was deflected out for a corner.

Newcastle needed a bit of quality and it finally came in the 115th minute. Allan Saint-Maximin maintained possession deep on the left. He cut inside and unleashed a blistering shot to make it 3-2.

The lads made it difficult by not putting this game away and Oxford scored two outstanding goals to force extra time. But we are through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup to face West Brom.


69 comments so far

  • jane

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #1

    i’m looking forward to the 5th round replay now!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #2

    That skill in the corner to keep 3 players away from the ball.
    🙂

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  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Saint Max will be at one of the big boys before long

    3
  • Bladey

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Jane
    3 little words your an idiot
    ASH IN CARVER AND WISE IN BRUCE OUT

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Loch that’s a comment straight out of the misery bucket. Can we not just enjoy that win and that goal? Miggy and maxi, thank you Lord.

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Can we get a replay in the final?

    3
  • Mag52

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #7

    What a strike to win the match !
    Actually 5 really good goals and a proper old fashioned cup tie.
    Well done the lads.

    15
  • jane

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #8

    not very kind

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #9
  • Bladey

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #10

    You stink BRUCE your team stinks away fans fantastic as always
    ASH IN CARVER AND WISE IN BRUCE OUT

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #11

    If we’d played like we did in the 1st half last week, this wouldnt have come to a replay.

    3412 is the formation to stick with, 12 days to work on it, keep the wingbacks high.

    Overall happy to be through, was too easy first half and we were too lax 2nd and got punished for not looking to get the 3rd goal to kill it off. Lessons to be learned but onwards and upwards.

    Hopefully we have a few back for arsenal.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Yedlin in the last two games has been incredibly, almost uniquely wasteful – never seen anything like it. Always been a fan, but he is playing very badly at the moment.

    Anyway, 12 days for a few ST options to get back fit. ASM to become happier with his hammy, new boys to do some important work on the training pitch.

    Thought Bentaleb and Sean played really well together tonight, Sean taking up the space and Bentaleb finding him with quick first time passes and balls around the corner. For a spell in that 2nd half before it all went to shite we were purring.

    Lazaro and Rose in for Ritchie and Yedlin should make a lot of difference to our fluidity and ability to stitch passing moves together.

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  • toonbrother

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #13

    St maximin is good enough for Man City or Liverpool
    We should ask for £70million for him if they come for him

    He was our best player by a country mile
    Followed by Lascelles and Atsu

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  • jane

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #14
  • Australian Pie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Well done ASM, love the edge of the seat viewing he brings. Should just play a front 2 of him and Almiron.

    Longstaffs were great for us. Lascelles was crucial for us but also made a few mistakes.

    Yedlin, Schar, Ritchie, Atsu absolutely not good enough. Was always up for Schar but he just looks, not interested for whatever reason.Manquillo please come back soon

    3
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Awww Jane I nearly had you there about the replays good save!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #17

    HWA, agreed.

    Wish we’d played the whole 2nd half the way we did the last 15minutes, would have blown them away!

    Never mind, onwards and upwards, WBA next, I suspect we’ll be playing their U23’s as they keep the 1st time for the promotion push!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Team not time…

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  • Australian Pie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Ooops forgot about our other 2 new boys for a second. Rose and Lazaro in next will be great. Would love a fit Gayle on the bench or potentially starting

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Bruce tactically is brain dead. Couldn’t beat a third tier team when 2-0 up with six minutes to go. Clueless. Sorry but we are a one man team. ASM is brilliant . How the hell are we going to hang on to him in the Summer. Shaun Longstaff best game of the season but don’t think Bentalab will last. He’s slow and gets caught in possession too much. LeJeune was poor too.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Lejeune has not been a happy hamster since he came back from injury. Before it he looked assured, a class above most of the back line. Lately he looks really nervous, puts balls into touch at the least threat, really reticent about tackling.

    Yedlin and Ritchie decidedly ring rusty. That’s three players pulling down the quality. Doesn’t take much.

    4
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Well Australian Pie I thought Atsu did well when he came on. Him and ASM turned the tie round.

    3
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #23

    And those three should be sub appearances for half a dozen games in the league imo.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Good points Hail. Bentaleb has that ability to make time and lobby looks better further forward and central. Tactically astute but not sure we can say that on here? That said, we need better players and Rose and Co will help.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Why the hell did they keep showing FCB’s smug face all evening.? Turned my stomach!

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 4, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #26

    With all the bad stuff going on it’s great to have another ball playing genius again!
    ASM you made my day! Fantastic skill! What about that keep ball in the corner near the end!
    And that goal!

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Lascelles v v good. Great organiser.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Spot on moonraker. Shot like that wud make u love the game.

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  • Shoulders knees

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Next round I will take that thanks,

    2
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Well Mr Blobby has 11 days now to get Carroll, Muto and Gayle something like fit. Joey’s goal seemed to be a scuffed shot but hope it does him some good. If he is going to play ASM and Almiron up top we need to play it on the ground . Hoof football has to go.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #31

    I think I saw enough good players tonight to be optimistic if only we had a coach rather than a cabbage patch doll!
    The Longstaffs, Bentaleb, ASM, and the defence has good options now.
    Only thing we’re missing is a goal scorer!

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Spot on Moonraker about ASM but he needs support or have just got a two man team – him and Dubs. Great save by Darlow though and Shaun Longstaffe played his best football of the season.

    2
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #33

    A bit ungracious to criticise joelintons goal he had it all to do and was carrying an injury at the time. If you look at all goals in slow motion im sure a good few of them would look scruffy and mis-hit. They still count.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Joey had to score eventually even if he scuffed it cod he took his eye off the ball. Give him the benefit as the pitch seemed a bit bumpy!

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Moonraker – Cabbage Patch Doll eh! I like your comparison but you wouldn’t want a replica of Brucey for your daughter’s Christmas present would you?

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Munster give over with tactically astute of course you can’t say that here there are adults reading ha ha. Tactically astute. Save us. Save us all.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Thought we missed JoeLinton second half and first half extra time, No one up front all to easy for their defence to being the ball out as we had no one to press or make a nuisance
    Have we not learnt over the past few seasons not to give away stupid free kicks
    Darlow I thought was slow to react to free kick
    Never mind we are through!!!
    The hard way

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #38

    More like Chucky’s mam.

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #39

    West Lancs
    No, scare her to death! Haha

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 4, 2020 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Saint Maxi was away at the end, in his own half, past the last defender with the keeper up the field. Spoilsport ref blowing up right then.

    Would, admittedly, have been harsh on Oxford who were very good going forward and pretty solid at the back until they tired and Atsu and St Maxi started running at them at every opportunity.

    I hope that ASM takes some lessons from that – he has the ability to take players on in the Premier League too, but hasn’t had the confidence recently. I thought he looked stiff most of the match, like he’s still feeling his injury, but he grew into the game superbly and was the difference at the end.

    Loved seeing Lobby playing further up the field. That’s where he always played for the U23s, it’s the first time I’ve seen him playing that far forward for NUFC, hopefully he gets a run there where he can really affect a match. Deserved MotM.

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