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Who Did Our Readers Select As The Man Of The Match At Oxford?


While it was against a League One side in Oxford, Newcastle needed some heroes on Tuesday. They got just that with several outstanding performances.

It was a typical display from this year’s rendition of Newcastle as the lads made it as hard as possible on themselves. They came through in the end and in a dramatic fashion, which has been the formula of late.

Allan Saint-Maximin scored the late winner to save Newcastle fans from the ignominy of a late two-goal collapse. However, it is not the enigmatic Frenchman who claims the Man of the Match for this one.

That distinction belongs to our very own Sean Longstaff, who wins his first poll of the season. While it was very close in the end, Sean’s display at the Kassam Stadium has narrowly edged the voting in his favor.

Sean played further forward as a number 10 and had his best performance of the season. He contributed with the opening goal and an assist on the second with a super long ball to Joelinton, who took care of the rest.

Of the 2657 total votes, the Geordie midfielder collected 854 to edge Allan Saint-Maximin by just 32 votes. Jamaal Lascelles came in a strong third with 14% while Miguel Almiron had 274 votes to come in fourth with 10%.

We hope Sean Longstaff can build on this performance. He’s looked very good in his last two outings and can prove to be a big asset for the rest of the season.

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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78 comments so far

  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 6, 2020 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Well deserved MOM. Hope Bruce keep this or similar formation to allow him to get more forward.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2020 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Think Lazaro played right back in a flat back 4 this term at Inter. Then again he’s here on loan, so Conte can’t have been overly enamored with him, I guess. However Conte definitely expects his fullbacks to work very hard both ways, so it’s likely that Lazaro certainly can indeed play fullback, if deemed good enough by Conte to play there, and not just wing back or winger, even if it wasn’t quite to Conte’s and Inter’s high degree of satisfaction.

    If he’s competent defensively, then his pace and technical ability could make him a real asset for us at right back though, with Rose on the other side, in a back four, allowing us to play 3 in midfield, and 3 up top, and maybe then we’d have the necessary pace, quality and numbers to actually open it up a bit more, because lets be honest, we are awful going forward right now, and it must be near impossible for our front three to shine with so little momentum to drive them on.

    Something like…

    …………………..Dubravka
    Lazaro….Lascelles….Fernandez….Rose.
    …………….Shelvey….Bentaleb.
    ………………….Longstaff.
    ……Almiron…..Joelinton…….ASM.

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  • toonbrother

    Feb 6, 2020 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #3

    i only watched the 2nd half + extra time and tbh Longstaff was somewhere between average and poor
    Perhaps he played like Messi + Ronaldo in the first half…

    Even so, i just dont see how he could be considered MOTM ahead of St Maximin who was literally a one man army when he came on
    Seriously speaking, the bias i see among fans and in the media – conscious or subconcsious – is genuinely quite alarming
    Just imagine for a sec it were Ritchie, Adam Armstrong or Carroll that did the things St Maximin did
    There’d be no debate

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  • toonbrother

    Feb 6, 2020 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Longstaff is a superb defensive midfielder
    The problem for him in the more advanced no 10 midfield role is:
    he lacks the “cuteness” and deftness of touch required by a 10 in the final third
    He can play simple perfunctory passes and is good at spraying long balls from a deeper lying midfield role
    But as a number 10, he will struggle against decent opposition
    If anything , shelvey is much better suited to playing that role (if needed) to accommodate bentaleb

    The thing is.. I don’t think Bentaleb is a good enough DM to warrant shuffling anyone around
    Longstaff is a better defensive midfielder than Bentaleb in my opinion
    What we need to do is invest real money in a genuine no 10
    Ive been saying this for ages.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2020 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Toonbrother
    ASM was having one of his worst games until he decided to take action. He looked a bit lost up front, replacing Joelington and, thus, we lost shape. What he did is he went to his favourite position, LW.

    I’ll agree that Sean wasn’t amazing. He did benefit from the formation and scored a great goal though.

    Last point, we were great in the first half, poor in the second, so, for a full picture, watch that half. It was like, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

    My MOM was Almiron. I’d like to see his stats, incredible engine, fast and effective. He too benefited, as he played more forward. That’s where he should be. Doing defensive duties hurts his dangerous forward play.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2020 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree, we need a super 8. And 10.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 6, 2020 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Bentaleb is faster than any of the other centre mid we have. So he’s likely gonna play because we have lacked pace in there. He’s also good in tight spaces, has a good range of passing, and a good engine. Sean I agree is a good DM, however what you don’t see from him in a deeper lying role is that tremendous strike on goal he has. If he is in and around the box he’s dangerous, and he really puts in a shift. I like both Longstaff and Bentaleb, Bruce likes Shelvey, and of course Hayden has been a regular for about a full season now, so he’s certainly in the frame.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 6, 2020 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #8

    RIP Kirk Douglas

    1
  • TheTinman

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Toonbrother I think I have to disagree with almost everything you just said.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #10

    I gotta say, preferred Lobby further up the pitch. Not sure he is tenacious enough or fast enough to be good DM. But Bruce won’t play that shape until we are safe I think. Same with 4 at back.

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Nicky
    ASM looked as if he couldn’t be arsed until extra time
    He came on for Joelinton just before half-time and I can’t recall
    one attempted dribble in the 2nd half.
    You cannot make a player MoM when he only decides to play for
    30 minutes out of 80.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #12

    It looks like the Saudis are getting fed up with big Mike moving the goal posts and are now targeting West Ham.
    Loads of clubs getting taken over by rich owners and we will go backwards over the next 30 years under the dynamic leadership of mr Ashley.
    30 years minimum until he leaves in a box.
    Enjoy the footy. 5 hours to beat oxford and we are well happy.

    4
  • c-dog

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Sean Longstaff is no defensive midfielder

    3
  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #14

    RIP
    Issur Danielovitch (AKA Kirk Douglas)
    A ragman’s son who became a Hollywood legend
    Probably the last of the greats

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #15

    The guy on twitter that says that about the Saudis
    Said two seasons ago that Rafa was definitely leaving
    NUFC for Wet Spam
    He seems to have a West Ham – Newcastle fixation

    2
  • Australian Pie

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Toonbrother wrong on every point. Longstaff easily had his best Newcastle game on Tuesday, he got mom due to a great goal and assist, his form dropped in 2nd half after running tirelessly closing down from the front.

    ASM scored an amazing goal but when coming on lost shape, worked no where near hard enough.

    Bentaleb having been at the club a couple of weeks after being banished at Schalke is improving his game every week as he adapts to his team and the speed again.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Big Mike is very angry that the Saudi approach was leaked. So no denials then.
    He is also very very very angry that he leaked hthe interest from two other consortia.
    It’s his way of telling them in the media : go away.
    His presence at oxford was a message to the Toon fans. Phook off because I am here and going nowhere.
    Enjoy footy

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #18

    I am Spartacus.

    and the oar running scene in The Vikings. RIP

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib, agree. Asm wasn’t stretching himself until he had to. I think he was concerned re thigh. Not sure he had a good warm up?

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley didn’t look the least bit angry at Oxford and the anti – Ashley chants
    seem to amuse him a lot.
    I think he was there mainly to bring Charnley up to speed , they seemed to be
    engrossed in conversation for most of the game.

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #21

    DaveD1000
    Jeez you’ve just reminded me about “The Vikings” I must have
    seen that about 10 times at The Rex in Billy Mill

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  • DaveD1000

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t usually read the Mag but this is interesting;

    As well as 11,520 packed into the Kassam Stadium, there were those watching on the box, with BBC1 showing the game live.

    Now those TV viewing figures have been made public and very impressive numbers indeed.

    An average of 3.5m TV viewers tuning in to watch Oxford v Newcastle, with a peak of 4.8m viewers.

    To put this into context…

    On Sunday 19 January 2020, Liverpool beat Man Utd 2-0 and this produced the biggest Premier League TV audience of the season so far.

    That had a peak audience of 4.0m and an average of 3.48m when it was shown on Sky Sports live.

    Quite incredible when what was really a nothing much FA Cup fourth round replay, unless you support Oxford or Newcastle, ends up with a bigger UK TV audience than any Premier League match this season.

    Or indeed pretty much any season…

    Article in/on The Mirror on 28 December 2019:

    Five largest ever UK TV audiences for Premier League matches on Sky Sports: (up to 28 December 2019):

    1. Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United, 30 April 2012 (4.04million)

    2. Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United, 16 April 2003 (3.43million)

    3. Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City, 10 November 2019 (3.35million)

    4. Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool, 20 October 2019 (3.28million)

    5. Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United, 5 February 2012 (3.26million)
    It just shows how easy it is to forget the power of terrestrial TV channels, when only one Premier League match on Sky Sports has ever had a higher UK TV audience than Oxford v Newcastle last night.
    Share

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Jamie Lee Curtis was allegedly conceived in Ireland during
    the filming of The Vikings

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  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #24

    DaveD1000
    I would suspect the majority of the 4.8 million tuned in
    hoping to see a giant-killing

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Olivia de Havilland – still alive; age: 103!

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib
    not bad stats tho for a crap team with a level 11 manager versus some Ewes 🙂

    0
  • DaveD1000

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #27

    and yea I don’t know how many Times I’ve seen The Vikings fantastic film

    0
  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #28

    She doesn’t live too far from you Ron

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Just because Sean L can defend doesn’t make him a defensive midfielder, nor does the fact that this is how he’s been mainly used so far by NUFC.

    He scored one in three at Kilmarnock with numerous assists and one in four at Blackpool, with numerous assists too.

    His ability to strike the ball cleanly and accurately from the edge of the box and link midfield and attack coherently are two things we’ve been missing this season and two things he showed against Oxford.

    This is an experiment long overdue and well worth repeating.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #30

    Those saying that Longstaff wasn’t worth the attention he was getting from Man U forget how close Blackpool is to Manchester and how often he was likely watched by their scouts while he was there.

    They haven’t forgotten him, by the way, and the person leading the conversation is and always has been Michael Carrick.

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Born in Tokyo, Jib!

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Well deserved man of the match, goal and an assist is worthy in itself. He did far more than that, too.

    0
  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #33

    DaveD1000 – Impressive figures and does indeed show the power of terrestrial TV although a cynic may say the peak came with people switching on for the News and having to wait for the game to finish!

    1
  • geordietom

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m still confident the takeover is on going .

    1
  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #35

    News fiends have a multitude of channels to watch

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 6, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Mark Douglas, Football Editor of The Chronicle last night on twitter responding to reports of Saudi interest in West Ham:

    “No credible source is saying that. Calm down, step away from Twitter.”

    https://twitter.com/MsiDouglas/status/1225168359022567426

    The Chronicle this morning:

    “Report: Saudi backed consortium target West Ham amid NUFC doubts”

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-takeover-news-live-17697363

    That means that either The Chronicle itself is not credible or that they consciously publish nonsense for clickbait. Neither is good….

    2
  • geordietom

    Feb 6, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #37

    jib …

    Fiends ? … or feeds ?…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 6, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #38

    My man of the match Lascalles
    By a country mile
    Held the team together second half when all around him looked like they could not be bothered or playing poorly…
    Schar, LeJuene, Ritchie and Yedlin
    Big miss was JoeLinton – as soon as he went off had no one to old the hall up up front – no outlet – no one for their centre half’s to mark – so we dropped deeper and deeper allowing Oxford to attack us.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #39

    The thing I liked the most about having Longstaff in the advanced position is that he was applying pressure onto their playmaker and defenders so it was preventing them getting into a passing rhythm and allowing us to win it back higher up the pitch!

    Its something that Perez used to do well and prevents teams just passing through us which has pretty much what’s been happening all season

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 6, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #40

    More from the ridiculous rag that is The Chronicle – commenting on Ashley attending the Oxford match:

    “@ChronicleNUFC
    His presence was basically a message: “I’m here and still financing the club until somebody can come in and do better.”

    Financing how? The club is self-sufficient, apparently.

    I’m here how? This was an away game, I think Ashley attended one home game in the last two seasons – the FA Cup match vs Rochdale.

    Do better? Pfffffttttttt!!!!!!

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