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Our Player Ratings For The Dramatic Win At Oxford

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

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41 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I knew we were doing things wrong – it’s the Mackems should go in the box, not the ThunderCats


  • #cans

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Hahaha – says the man who does nowt but moan about other people moaning

    My god what do we have ????

    Some right miserable negative fcukers posting on this blog

    That’s what we have

  • #cans

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Ritchie 5 and Yedlin 3 – bit harsh on Yedlin who was at least getting forward in support , barely saw Ritchie other than poor corners and free kicks

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    I voted for Jamaal
    He was immense

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Crawford, definitely one to add to Les Mis on here. Who won the game again?

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    C Dog it’s not Jail I’m worried about, it’s BBB. Unless he is the same poster on an alt, with the same Rafa obsession. Rotunda is another but at least he’s normal. Or does BBB really only stalk the corridors at night?

  • carltoon

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail. Let me know what Vietnam is like, meeting up with Daughter who works in Thailand. So looking for a good place as a base in Vietnam. Enjoy.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib, looked like a floating rib injury to me but haven’t heard. Good win, if uncontrolled. Too much hoofball for a while but smart tactics to get Lobby up the pitch. Oh I forgot, Les Mis said he has no clue about tactics. 🙂

  • #cans

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree with Jib, Lascelles had a very good game and saved a certain goal – was my motm

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib for fear of being called ur love child, I thought Lascelles was a beast. Yet guys on here say lejeune is better. He is in his arse and plenty on here know sod all except how to mian. And repeat the same moans. Every day
    1. Ashley is crap
    2. Charnley is crap
    3. Bruce is woeful

    Yada Yada 7 days a week.

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s ironic Shearer having a pop at Ashley for being a tightwad
    Stories of Shearers tight-fistedness were the stuff of legend
    among the taxi driving fraternity.
    He and Pedro Beardsley wouldn’t part with the steam off their piss

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Munster, why come on and poke the beehive? It’s like you try to goad people into replying aggressively. The blog’s been peaceful all day, no fighting, just footy chat and a few gags, let’s keep it reasonable eh?

  • crawfordm

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Munster #5 agree and I am happy about the result, the lads put in a great shift with Lascelles being immense. My point is we have accepted mediocrity and Bruce is pivitol – nothing happens because of his tactical nous or his positional changes etc. You and JIB accept it – I will not ( and do not pay for the privilege of watching it ) Ashley is happy taking his cut out whilst reimbursing little. Poor signings, crumbling ground,third rate training facilities etc etc . Do not hammer a geordie who feels geordies deserve better from the owner of their club.

  • carltoon

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Lascelles definitely at his best last night. Lejuern still getting over serious injury. Ritchie? Don’t know what’s wrong with him. But I mentioned last night, how every single match he gives the ball away then fouls the player in a dangerous place.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Fair point Rob. That said, the points are valid. Has Bbb been around? Is it safe now? 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Carltoon, Ritchie has to be upgraded /rose. Lejeune is a classy player but I think he lacked pace pre injury? Slow to turn too. That said, I like him. Loved the way Clarke closed down their player on the wing to take the ball off him. He was practically in the guys boots.

  • hibbit

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Munster’s sole aim when visiting this site is to stir the shit,
    obviously in his own very special fair and balanced way.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Crawford I haven’t accepted mediocrity. I want us to be a top club but I was listening on 5 live when David Kelly scored the screamer to save us years ago. In general in our history I don’t think we are one of the top dogs in England. And either way, slagging off the limited manager a hundred posts a day (not u) and the decent work in the window is just moaning for the sake of it I think. We all want better owners and I’d prefer a younger more inventive manager but it doesn’t seem to be happening. I think if the club removed Bruce we would be hugely criticised.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Well done Hibbitt.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #21
  • crawfordm

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Munster – I sympathise, I used to go home and away for years until Ashley got involved. The thing with us is potential, the potential to be huge ( support merchandise etc ) My hatred for Ashley goes back to Sheik Mansour – he should have sold and gave us the chance for greatness – we know the story. The man is systematically destroying the club and it does at time get me a tad irate.

  • toon22

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #23


    And the pro Jabba squad

    Everything’s mint 24/7/365

    Just ignore the shambles and the asset stripping

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #24

    I have yet to see anyone on this blog ignore Ashley and what he brings
    There is a difference between being concerned about something
    and obsessing about something to the exclusion of everything else.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Think people should note that Bruce is a symptom of the clubs issues, not a cause. He’s very limited, and by his admission doesn’t do tactics. He’s been lucky at times, but if you can’t have a great manager, then surely a lucky one is next best? I worry if he can do enough to keep us up, but if he does, then that’s all we can expect under the current situation. All we can do is keep hoping for better in the near future.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    people are underplaying whats happening here. the whole countries on semi lockdown. so far its only 8000 but its growing 14% percent per day might not sound like much but thats half a million after one month. 23 million after two months. after three months 1.6 billion…. id say half of us will get it as its far more contagious than the spanish flu. its not a case of can we control it, its can we survive. theres nothing we can do. im taking my chances here in china because my girl is stuck here. i actually flew back to be with her. the rate this is going cant last more than four months. it will start running out of people. its survival of the fittest bar a miracle.

    closest thing i can say is siege mentaliyy. we are lockedin him and we ride it out

  • #cans

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyway, good to see the fans giving Ashley a bit of stick last night, not that I think it concerned Ashley that much who basically just had a wry smile on his smug mug

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28


    If anything it probably strengthens his resolve to stay. The tw@

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29
  • #cans

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    TNMW – not underplaying it but probably over reaction shutting down half the country – I think the figures from people of dying from flu every year have risen to up to 600k – mostly over 60s so people on here should make sure they get the flu jab ;D

  • toon kk

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Well done to our lads for pulling the win off, my biggest gripe was for a period of the game it was hard to recognise which one was a Premier league team.(if any).
    Thankfully we pulled it off Atsu definitely made a big difference or we would have had to probably rely on penalties and we’re terrible at those.
    Hate to have to say it but jeez we are a poor Premier league team, no wonder we only have 30% possession in league games. Cirtainly a lot of strengthening to do in the for coming transfer window.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #32


    The reaction in the commentary is gold entertainment on its own.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    West Bromwich Albion@WBA

    Confirmation of our #EmiratesFACup
    fifth-round clash with Newcastle United.

    We would like to remind @NUFC supporters The Hawthorns is a windmill-free zone.

  • AncientC

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #34

    JFA; if you are reading/catching up on the blog, I missed your comment last night. Yes, finally fought back into the top 10 in the FF league.

    I didn’t know last season you would make a weekly transfer, which is why I struggled. It’s getting tight margins up at the top. I’d say any of the top 30 or 40 could still win it.

  • AncientC

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #35

    If anybody already has a FF team but isn’t joined to Ed’s league, the invite code is: eythox

  • hibbit

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Markaccus @ 25
    i think most have excepted that but some of his comments have fans seething and scratching there heads in disbelieve

  • hibbit

    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #37

    why thank you Munster, i thought i gave a very fair and balanced appraisal of your posting style 😉

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #38


    Yeah it is confusing. I think one of his limitations is his communication skills.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #39

    The most notable thing Bruce did was allow Bentilib to leave the centre circle.

    He’s a box to box midfielder, couldn’t understand why he had him in the holding role for first 2 games, bot going to ger match fit running 10yds here and there.

    If you play with 3 cbs you shouldn’t need a holding midfielder, says a lot about the quality of our CBs.

    I like the 3 CMs, few options to try out.

    Before the season started I said I’d stick ASM upfront, id still like to see it for a few games atleast.

    One thing we definitely need to do is KEEP THE BALL ON THE DECK.

    Lots was said about long balls last year, last year they were more like long passes, now it looks hit and hope. The balls in the air so much the players must get stiff necks.

    I’d also like to see ASM or Almiron, preferably Almiron left on half way when opo has corner or free kick.

    Pace scares defences, more chance of getting something with them

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #40

    The Next MIke, the disease is currently running at around 2% mortality rate, I gather, across China. If 1.6 Billion people end up contracting it, that’s a potential 32 Million deaths, in China alone.

    That’s a frightening statistic.

    Stay safe.


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