This is the Newcastle side that defeated Oxford to advance to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006, including all four substitutes.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Karl Darlow – 7
- Karl Darlow again played well between the sticks for Newcastle. He made a few good saves to keep Newcastle two up. However, he couldn’t keep Liam Kelly’s 84th-minute free-kick from going in despite getting a hand on it. Darlow could do nothing on Nathan Holland’s late equalizer.
DeAndre Yedlin – 3
- Yedlin had acres of space down the right flank once again. But just like against Norwich, he did very little to take advantage of it. DeAndre was sloppy in possession and killed several potential chances by taking the wrong option. He’s not taken his chance with both Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth out injured. It’ll be interesting to see if Bruce deploys Valentino Lazaro at wing-back or more of an advanced role. If it’s at wing-back, then Yedlin may see little of the pitch for the rest of the season.
Fabian Schar – 5
- Fabian was often too nonchalant in this one for our liking. His concentration was lacking at times and didn’t show his class when in possession. He played well defensively when switched on but there’s just something lacking in Schar’s displays since he injured his knee early in the season. He’s dropped down the pecking order at Newcastle after being arguably our best player for the first two months. He’s now lost his place to Federico Fernandez and will need to do much more to get it back.
Jamaal Lascelles – 8
- Our captain put in a towering display against Oxford. He was dominant in the air, and his goal-line clearance late in the first half was crucial. He was stellar battling the physical Jamie Mackie, who was the focal point for Oxford’s crosses from the flanks. Lascelles was the standout of a solid back three last night.
Florian Lejeune – 6
- Lejeune showed his class on the ball with some composed passes from the back. He also had some timely clearances and blocks. However, he had his lack of pace tested a few times. Matt Ritchie did not do enough to help Florian down the left, and Oxford were able to get in several crosses. Lejeune tired late and was replaced by Ciaran Clark in extra time. This was an astute call by Steve Bruce as Lejeune looked a bit exposed late in the game.
Matt Ritchie – 5
- Ritchie never lacks intensity or fight, and we saw plenty of both last night at Oxford. However, he was very inconsistent, both defensively and in attack. Ritchie needed to do more to prevent the Oxford attacks down his flank. The 30-year-old was fairly tame in the final third as well. He committed an unnecessary foul in a dangerous area that led to the free-kick for Oxford’s first goal.
Nabil Bentaleb – 6
- Nabil had a mixed evening at Oxford. While he played some clinical passes, he was sloppy in possession on several occasions. His cross to Joelinton early in the first half was on a pin’s head, and Joelinton should have done much better with it. Bentaleb is still off the pace a bit but showed glimpses that he can add an element of creativity to the midfield.
Sean Longstaff – 8
- This was Sean’s finest performance of the season. He played in an advanced midfield role supporting the two strikers. The elder Longstaff scored a terrific goal collecting a pass from Joelinton and choosing the right moment to launch his shot. His long ball to Joelinton for the second goal was Shelveyesque and showed great vision and accuracy from the young Geordie. He also didn’t fade late as he has at various times this season.
Matty Longstaff – 7
- Matty is a dynamo in the midfield with bags of energy. He looked like he could have played another ninety minutes. He’s still young and his inexperience showed at times but he was relentless all evening long. His high level of fitness played a massive role in Newcastle being able to wrestle back control of the game in extra-time.
Miguel Almiron – 8
- Almiron covered every blade of grass for Newcastle last night. He made two tackles deep for Newcastle, which led to breaks for our first two goals. His final product was lacking overall, but his effort and commitment to the cause were outstanding.
Joelinton – 7
- Big Joe only lasted 36 minutes due to a rib injury. He took his goal very well. The 23-year-old controlled the long ball from Sean Longstaff and showed composure to slot it past Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal. Joelinton should have done better on the cross from Nabil Bentaleb earlier in the game. However, he made the run into the box which he needs to do more often.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8
- Allan came on for Joelinton after the Brazilian was forced off with a rib injury in the first half. Saint-Maximin never stopped pushing for a third goal. He was constantly making runs at the Oxford defense, who relied on 2 to 3 players to stop him. His final delivery was sometimes lacking, but he was always trying to make something happen. He played Sean Longstaff through beautifully in extra time, but the midfielder pushed his shot wide. Then the whole evening culminated in a moment of glory with Allan’s match-winner.
Isaac Hayden – 6
- Hayden was brought on for Miguel Almiron in the 88th minute. Bruce made the move to secure a one-goal lead, but Oxford managed a dramatic equalizer. It turned out to be the wrong call by Bruce as it left Newcastle with just one forward on the pitch. Hayden did well to keep Oxford at bay early in extra time but didn’t do much when Newcastle pushed forward. Thankfully, Atsu came on to provide another outlet up top.
Ciaran Clark – 7
- Clark came on for Florian Lejeune early in extra time. The 30-year-old made some timely blocks and interceptions. One moment stood out when he calmly dispossessed an Oxford player deep in Newcastle territory when the hosts had numbers going forward.
Christian Atsu – 6
- Christian Atsu came on for Nabil Bentaleb in the first half of extra time and immediately made an impact with some direct runs. His presence on the pitch was vital to Newcastle regaining control of the match as he was another option up the pitch along with Allan Saint-Maximin. Atsu did so well to get into positions to make a play. However, his final product was dreadful, and he killed potential chances by making the wrong decisions. He did get the ball to Allan Saint-Maximin for the late winner.
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