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‘The Fans Give Me Everything’ – Tuesday’s Hero Salutes The Traveling Support

It looked destined for penalties on Tuesday night until Christian Atsu played a pass to Allan Saint-Maximin on the left wing. The Frenchman did the rest as he cut inside and skipped past three Oxford defenders before unleashing a blazing bolt into the top corner.

Allan immediately ran to the away section filled with Newcastle fans who were in a frenzy of joy. Our talisman had saved our FA Cup fate with a moment of brilliance.

Saint-Maximin spoke after the match and was very appreciative of not only his teammates but the away support.

Matthew Raisbeck, with BBC Newcastle has tweeted some of those comments Allan made after his dramatic winner.

Allan has a special relationship with the Newcastle fans, and it’s great that he seems to really click with this fanbase.

This was an important game in more ways than one. First, the win gets Newcastle to the final sixteen of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 when we reached the final eight.

It also gives Bruce and the lads a bit of a reprieve from the poor performances over the last couple of weeks. While they made it hard on themselves, they ultimately got the job done on Tuesday night.

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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77 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 5, 2020 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #1

    So hopefully just a little afternoon recovery session for the lads tomorrow, and then let them have a full 6 days off, and then back at it with fresh minds and bodies and close to a fully fit group the next Wednesday morning in preparation for the Arsenal on the weekend. Very happy to get these difficult past two behind us, and on balance you’d have to say we’ve done ok. Howay the Lads!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 5, 2020 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #2

    “……these difficult past two months behind us…..”

  • WLtoon

    Feb 5, 2020 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #3

    So we find ourselves in the 5th round of the cup for the first time in 13 years. Tonights game was a real banana skin but we did enough to scrape through. I know plenty of Oxford fans really fancied their chances, and were basically saying we were shite .
    Time to try and get some injuries sorted before our next game v Arsenal.

  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Got home from work and watched the game on replay ESPN+.

    Yes first half we looked dominant, nice to see Joe get a goal but on replay scuffed it a little but a goal is a goal.

    Second half, well let’s be honest there shouldn’t have been any second half for Oxford, as soon as the weeeee fellla got pissed off I knew he would do something stupid and give away a free kick in a bad area.

    The second goal for Oxford, west ham have a serious looking striker with this kid.

    Overall, we were lucky as shite, yes great goal from Max, but we ain’t going to win this cup with that type of performance.

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Was that game worth the admission fee?

    You bet. Cracking cup tie. Dominated up to 78% in the first 30+, demonstrating that we CAN hold the ball! Shocking, I know.

    But, we are Newcastle. Instinct or taking our foot off the throttle led to two excellent goals. Dubravka would’ve saved those, said some. Bxxxxxxxs. Darlow had a good game, give the lad credit.

    Anyway, Oxford deserved their moment. But, quality shown through. ASM was having his worst game for us when he came up with that. Unstoppable. In any league.

    Lots of positives. We can play on the front foot!! Joelington had a very good game. Almiron, MOM, was a constant thorn. Atsu played well. Sean, a bit forward is a good idea and did well. Still, he lost the ball a few times for delaying. He’ll learn. Bentaleb needs to get match fit but showed flashes.

    And, we won! Fifth round. First time in over a decade.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 5, 2020 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #6

    First half was canny, some positive stuff with 2 decent goals.

    Once Joe went off we were clueless, didn’t seem to know who was playing up front, hardly anyone getting into the box.

    We looked like we were going through the motions in the second half and Oxford deserved to draw level.

    ET was squeaky bum time but we weathered the storm, got the winner and now we get to visit the mighty WBA.

    The first half was the bare minimum we should see.

    Disappointed with the show after Joe went off, Bruce didn’t react to the obvious problem on the pitch, could’ve easily finished differently.

    Good cup match for the neutral, should’ve made it much easier for ourselves, still loads of work to do on tactics and set up.

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Shown- shone

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 5, 2020 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #8

    ASM didn’t look fit

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2020 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #9

    OP, fair assessment.

  • c-dog

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #10

    We could win this thing you know…

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Surprised Bentaleb isn’t getting more credit.

    He played some exquisite forward passes under pressure the likes of which none of our CM’s can do.

    This guy is going to make a massive difference once his is match fit.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #12

    I can see us winning the FA cup this year, it would be typical NUFC.

    Had some cracking managers had some cracking sides and some world class players and have been within touching distance a few times.

    The irony to win it this year with the unrest how the team is playing would be unbelievable.

    Yer I can see it happening, can’t wait for the final.


  • nufcursed

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Bruce saying we deserved the win??! Clearly he’s got his own view on things. We were VERY Lucky last night

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #14


    Cheers, always a first time for everything

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #15

    On luck…

    Oxford were lucky Sean missed a sitter just after they got their first goal.

    In a match of five cracking goals that was the easiest chance of the night.

  • hibbit

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #16

    and balanced 😉

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #17


    Don’t push it


  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #18

    We’ve struggled and needed replays against both the league 1 teams who aren’t even in the playoff places , we travel to top of the championship west brom – whole Shearer sounded very confident last night , based on the Oxford and Rochdale games which we played well in 45 minutes of each out of 390 minutes of football – west brom will be a lot tougher unless they out a severely weakened team out – anyway talk if winning cup is very premature based on performance/ results do far against league 1

  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Bills , Oxford missed a lot of sitters

  • martoon

    Feb 5, 2020 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Delighted with the result but frustrated at the performance. When we were dominating leading 2 0 we played nice stuff to the edge of their box but instead of a ball in the box we’d play backwards all the way to our keeper. I know we were trying to retain procession but a 3rd goal would have killed the game. The substitution of Miggy for Hayden was far too negative – I know we were trying to close the game out but it left us no out ball and we were pinned back. It took Bruce until half way through extra time to realise this and bring on Atsu which gave ASM some much needed assistance! However a great goal by ASM – he’s been threatening to do that all season.

  • Zele

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #21

    I welcomed the three man midfield, long overdue. It made a big difference. Sean looked more comfortable and more effective in the advanced role.

    I thought Lejeune looked out of sorts. He has been for the last few games. He doesn’t seem to have much pace and his reading of the game looks suspect. Clark made a big difference and should continue as first choice.

    I thought Bendaleg was good. Calm on the ball, nothing fancy although the drag back lifted the crowd. He will get better as he gets fully fit and fully integrated into the team and should provide protection for Sean.

    All three forwards played well. It was only a matter of time before one of ASM’s thunderbolts hit the back of the net. Atsu deserves praise as he brought the team to life and linked up well with the others.

  • c-dog

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t know why pardew and rafa wouldn’t pick strong cup teams. Credit to Bruce for having the balls to do it when the others didn’t. A cup run is exciting for all us fans.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #23

    I had a dream where Big Joe scored….

  • lochinvar

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Wonder how Willie Wonka is this morning ?
    Could he not remember how to do a Mexican Wave

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Quite surprised at you Martoon
    Not so much at West Lancs as he’s a Bruce hater
    We brought on Hayden our best utility defender for
    a limping Miggy in the 90th minute while leading 2 -1.
    Wtf is there to find in that to criticise Bruce for ?

    You can curse our bad luck at conceding in the last seconds
    of 4 minutes injury time by all means but to find fault with Bruce
    is just silly.

  • c-dog

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #26


    It was a game of great goals.

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Comment #9
    Just get a goalscorer!

    Only on this blog would you get a comment like the above
    after 3 different outfield players get a goal each.


  • hibbit

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #28

    proper cup tie that, missed chances and great goals,100% effort, credit to both teams for making a game of it,

  • c-dog

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #29

    You said it hibbit

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #30

    The squad are off to Marbella for some R and R
    I’m in the same area at the same time
    I hope they organise a friendly – I may wobble along
    to see them.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #31

    The dream is still alive. This is what the Cup is all about. Both teams contributed in a very entertaining game, the referee was good, the fans were excellent.

    Not good for the heart, but I’m happy today.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib are you ‘going to Spain for a week?’

    What did you do this time????


  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #33

    The Latinos in Spain and S America regularly gesture with their schlongs
    at the opposition – they normally keep them in their pants though.

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #34

    9 days to Andalucia on business
    Based on the coast at Finger in the Earhole
    but in Cordoba and Seville as well

  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #35

    Never believed it but it does seem miracles can happen , nufc into the 5th round of the f.a. cup …however Jib hobbling along to see nufc play a game would be truly unbelievable 😀

  • toon kk

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Well done to the lads for pulling the win off, had me feeling doubtful for a while during the game, good tactics by Bruce bringing Atsu on thought he gave us the boost we needed.
    Think West Brom will be a tough game,but at least we have a chance.

  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #37

    Jibs on the run, Sky have the copyright police on his ass

  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Only joking Jibs 🙂

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #39

    Zele@21. Lejeune has always lacked pace and an inability to read the game. He only impresses people who don’t know a lot about football because he can look good coming forward with the ball.

  • martoon

    Feb 5, 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib – No hatred I just thought it was a tactical mistake that I’m pointing out as I used to with Rafa!


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