Newcastle midfielder Nabil Bentaleb spoke to nufc.co.uk after the extra-time victory over Oxford in the FA Cup.
Bentaleb played quite well before being replaced in extra time for Christian Atsu. It was a substitution that worked to Newcastle’s advantage. Atsu came in and provided Newcastle another outlet going forward.
Nabil played his part in this game and showed some real quality at times. He delivered a sublime cross to a breaking Joelinton, which the Brazilian should have done better with.
He did have a few sloppy moments where he gave the ball away cheaply. Considering this is just his third first-team appearance since last April after falling out of favor at Schalke, Bentaleb put in a very promising display.
Bentaleb has bought into the Newcastle ethos big time since joining two weeks ago. After the match, he talked about just how desperate the lads were to not let this opportunity slip away:
“We conceded the second goal right at the end of the game. We had the break, and we spoke and said, ‘Ok, now we are not losing this. There is no chance we are losing this.
“Ok, we didn’t make it easy for ourselves, but now we have to work it back, give for the fans and also prove to ourselves that we deserve to go through.
“We have a lot of personality in the team. We had really good momentum, and it was very, very tough to go up against them and their crowd and make sure we ended up on top. We managed to do it well, and I’m pleased. Everyone is pleased tonight.”
While we could have done without the pendulum of emotions yesterday, all in all, it was a triumphant evening for Newcastle. They don’t make it easy on themselves like Nabil said, but they showed enough fortitude to regain control of the match in extra time.
Then it was a magical moment from Allan Saint-Maximin that saved all of us from going through a penalty shoot-out.
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