This team can’t seem to do anything the easy way, but we’re relieved that Newcastle were able to belatedly get by a committed Oxford side. It was an emotionally draining experience tonight, to say the least.
Newcastle were in control, but Oxford always looked like they had a goal in them. Their manager Karl Robinson made a few tweaks at about the midway point of the second half, and it made all the difference for the hosts.
They scored two late goals which, to be honest, were both excellent strikes. In fact, all five goals this evening were top notch.
Oxford had the momentum heading into extra time, and Newcastle looked in real trouble of a disastrous result. But Steve Bruce brought Christian Atsu on to help Allan Saint-Maximin out at the top of the pitch. It made a real difference.
Allan Saint-Maximin scored a dramatic late winner and he was outstanding since coming on for Joelinton in the first-half. Sean Longstaff also had a very strong outing with a goal and an assist.
The lads were resilient to come back after Oxford’s late dramatic leveler. It looked like Oxford were going to dominate extra time, but Newcastle were able to regain some composure and start to take back control of the game.
It just took that one moment of quality that has been missing of late to finally get past this pesky Oxford side.
Who Was The Man Of The Match In Win At Oxford?
- Sean Longstaff (32%, 854 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (31%, 822 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (14%, 373 )
- Miguel Almiron (10%, 274 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (4%, 95 )
- Joelinton (3%, 78 )
- Matty Longstaff (3%, 69 )
- Karl Darlow (1%, 29 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 16 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 14 )
- Ciaran Clark (0%, 9 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 9 )
- Florian Lejeune (0%, 6 )
- Isaac Hayden (0%, 5 )
- Fabian Schar (0%, 4 )
Total Voters: 2,657