mins Miguel Almiron centred from the left and Joelinton took a couple of
touches to laid the ball off to Sean Longstaff in the area. He took
advantage of hesitation from home players, sidestepping to work an opening
before curling a right footer into the net from the edge of the box. 1-0
30 mins An unsuccessful attempt at winning a free kick by Boro loanee
Marcus Browne on the edge of our area saw Miguel Almiron emerge in
possession and laying the ball off to Sean Longstaff.
His probing forward ball picked out Joelinton as he sped over
halfway, leaving defender Rob Dickie in his wake before bursting into the
box and clipping the ball beyond 'keeper Simon Eastwood. 2-0
Half time: Oxford 0 Newcastle 2
mins Matt Ritchie stopped Dan Agyei in his tracks
around 22 yards from goal and Feyenoord loanee Liam Kelly stepped up to crack a
right-footed effort that Karl Darlow reached but could only help into the left
hand side of his net. 2-1
90+4 mins Another Kelly free kick - this time just over halfway in the
Newcastle half was played to the right hand side of the box and flicked infield.
Sean Longstaff won the next header but his clearance fell to Nathan Holland just
inside the box and he caught it perfectly on the volley. 2-2
Full time: Oxford 2 Newcastle 2
Half time of extra time: Oxford 2 Newcastle 2
Kicking against the pricks (not
116 mins The visitors broke over halfway through Christian Atsu, who found
the overlapping Allan Saint-Maximin to his left. The number 10 bore for
goal and eluded two back-pedalling defenders before cutting inside as a third
hesitated and a fourth criminally turned his back on the play.
Having seen two previous efforts in extra time stopped by Eastwood, Saint-Maximin
achieved both power and precision when a third opportunity arose, sending the
ball screaming into the far corner of the net, where it made a satisfying
swishing noise. 3-2
Full time of extra time: Oxford 2 Newcastle 3
Steve Bruce said:
thought we deserved it.
"I know it turned into a hairy cup tie in the last 10
minutes and was great for the neutral although bloody awful
for myself. If you're a Newcastle fan, I'm sure parts of it
"It wouldn't be Newcastle without a story and if that's
the story let's go to West Bromwich Albion and carry it on.
When you look back and put your slippers on the FA Cup final
is still a huge moment in this country.
"It was rekindled for me when I got there as manager of
Hull City against Arsenal in 2014 and I vowed that I would
never play weakened teams.
"A club like Newcastle can win five games and get to
Wembley. I know what it means for the city and the supporters,
who have come a million miles to get here tonight, a couple of
thousand of them.
"We are into the next round. We have made hard work of it
against Rochdale and now Oxford but I think we thoroughly
deserved to get through. I think it is significant for the
club to get into the fifth round for the first time since
"Joelinton got a whack to his ribs. Heís sore in there.
Letís hope thereís no fracture or break. Almiron - I think
heís just sore and stiff and tired.
"We lost our
focal point when Joelinton went off. We had three or four real
big chances to make it three (in
normal time) and didnít, and they made a cup tie of it.
"(It was) A magnificent winning goal. That bit of
quality has won us the tie. I think, overall, we deserved it
but we made hard work of it. You want to get the third one to
kill the game but I thought the better team won.
"I thought we were in control up until the last ten
minutes. We had a difficult 5/10 minutes at start of extra
time but I thought overall the better team won the cup tie.
"Weíre into the fifth round for the first time in 14
years, and a club like ours has got to be doing better than
that. Letís enjoy it."
Karl Robinson said:
"I thought we
outplayed them. I don't know what the stats are but we created good
chances, even in the first half. Their first goal is a worldie and the
third is an outstanding finish. It is all ifs and buts unfortunately but I
am really proud of my players.
"I thought we dominated the ball. We created good chances, even in
the first half. Iím really proud of my players and the club. I think we
have shown we can cope with the big nights.
"Weíre a League One team and if
youíre honest I donít think you could tell which was which.
"Iím devastated. People who
know me will know thatís going to hurt. I thought my players probably
deserved more than they got tonight.Ē
"What was surprising was their
celebration (of the winning goal, by the NUFC coaches and subs).
Everyone was on the pitch and that just shows you how far we pushed them.
Thatís the ultimate respect, I donít mind that because it shows how
much it meant to them.Ē
their longest run since going nine games without defeat during
February and March 2017 - those all coming in the Championship.
The Magpies are now unbeaten in eight league and cup fixtures since
losing 0-3 at home to Leicester City in the Premier League on New Years
This was our second visit to the Kassam Stadium, following on from our
regrettable debut in 2017 when second tier Newcastle were defeated 0-3 in
this competition by the third tier U's.
Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie were the only two survivors of
that first tie in action tonight.
Longstaff's first goal of the season was
his third for the club and second in the FA Cup.
Joelinton extended his Toon tally to three, two of which were in this
Allan-Saint Maximin's first FA Cup strike was his second for the
Newcastle ended a run of six successive defeats in the Fourth Round
of the FA Cup with a first win at this stage since a 2-0 success at
Cheltenham Town in 2006.
Victory extends United's record of replay successes in this competition to five,
since a 0-1 home defeat by Hull City in a Third Round replay at SJP in 2009:
2019/20 Oxford United (a) won 3-2
2019/20 Rochdale (h) won 4-1
2018/19 Blackburn Rovers (a) won 4-2
2016/17 Birmingham City (h) won 3-1
2009/10 Plymouth Argyle (h) won 3-0
This is the first season that we
have won more than one FA Cup replay in a season since 1975/76,
chalkingd up no less than three en route to a Quarter Final exit
Our FA Cup campaign now extends to five games (not rounds) for the first
time since 2004/05, when we progressed to the Semi-Finals, only to lose
1-4 to Manchester United at Cardiff.
Newcastle progressed during extra time for the second time in as many
seasons, having beaten Blackburn Rovers 4-2 in a Third Round replay at
Ewood Park - that also 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Magpies @ Oxford - all-time:
3-2 (aet) S.Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin (FAC)
2016/17 lost 0-3 (FAC)
1992/93 lost 2-4 O'Brien, Clark
1991/92 lost 2-5 Scott, Peacock
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 lost 1-2 Quinn
1987/88 won 3-1 McDonald, O'Neill, Mirandinha
1986/87 drew 1-1 Goddard
1985/86 won 2-1 Gascoigne, Beardsley
1985/86 lost 1-3 Cunningham (LC)
1983/84 lost 1-2 Keegan (LC)
All but the 2016/17 game were at the Manor Ground.
NUFC last 10 Fourth Round appearances:
United (a) won 3-2 (0-0 h)
2018/19 Watford (h) lost 0-2
2017/18 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3
2016/17 Oxford United (a) lost 0-3
2011/12 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2009/10 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 2-4
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Cheltenham Town (a) won 2-0
2004/05 Coventry City (h) won 3-1
2003/04 Liverpool (a) lost 1-2
PS: 19th man in the playing squad tonight was U23 midfielder Jack
Young, called up to the senior ranks for the first time and omitted from
the second string game at Swansea a day earlier.
paraphrase Laurel and Hardy, well that's another fine mess you got me
made it to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 - contriving to lose a 2-0 lead with just six
minutes remaining before Alain Saint-Maximin summoned up a magnificent
extra time winner that caused team mates to lose their
heads. And one fan lose his trousers.
Steve Bruce's side added a further "WTF" moment to what is
becoming an increasingly bizarre season, with the antics of that visiting
supporter then leaving us firmly in the twilight/red light zone.
And at the end of an epic 120 minutes, Steve Bruce had outdone Glenn
Roeder (once), Kevin Keegan (once), Joe Kinnear (once), Chris Hughton
(once), Alan Pardew (four times), John Carver (once), Steve McClaren
(once) and Rafa Benitez (three times) in emulating Graeme Souness and
leading the club to the promised land of the last 16 clubs left in the FA
Cup. Uncharted territory indeed.
It almost didn't happen though, Newcastle doing their best to wrest
defeat from the jaws of victory and adding another entry to their FA Cup
role of dishonour. That elusive first Fifth Round spot since Freddie
Shepherd ruled the kingdom had seemed certain after 83 minutes but
almost vanished after 94.
We had of course lost here before, but given the ragbag XI selected
that day in 2017, our FA Cup exit was as well received in the visiting dugout as
the home one that day.
Buoyed by a league points tally that defies logic and a lack of striking
choice that left him no option but field Joelinton and Miguel Almiron,
Bruce kept his word about giving this competition a "go",
citing the positive experience of taking Hull City to Wembley in 2014.
His Tigers side beat five lower league ones to make the final that year,
also finishing 16th in the top-flight, four points off the drop
It's unclear what Hull's owners felt about that cup run, but Mike Ashley
seems fully behind Bruce. He was present tonight and showed an awareness
of what was up for grabs when announcing that he wanted "to go
to West Bromwich" - a phrase that we've never knowingly uttered
Although they had nobody to blame but themselves, Oxford rightfully felt
rueful that this tie had extended to a second game and not gone in
favour of the League One side at St. James' Park.
Karl Robinson's side for the second meeting was rather different though,
losing a pair of midfielders to Brentford on transfer deadline day and
playing second fiddle to Newcastle from the start here.
A crisp strike from Sean Longstaff gave the visitors a fifteenth minute
lead here and when Joelinton added a second on the half hour, it seemed
that the lessons of Rochdale had been learnt and we were intent on
getting the job done within the regulation 90 minutes.
Our ongoing fitness issues were evident again though; our number 9
visibly clutching his ribs after scoring and withdrawn before half time.
With no ready-made replacement on the bench (or at the club), what attacks Newcastle
then fashioned came via Saint-Maximin and
Almiron - the latter a model of perpetual motion as he gave everything to
Despite the occasional moment of alarm, a two goal cushion looked
sufficient for our purposes. As Carlo Ancelloti and Everton will attest
though, 2-0 is a most dangerous lead and the first signs of grave
concern came Liam Kelly fired a free kick past Karl Darlow after 84 minutes.
For followers of this side, what happened next was eminently
predictable: the hosts came alive and Sean Longstaff missed a good
chance to restore our two goal lead. You've seen this film before.
With U's 'keeper Eastwood joining attacks, the last minute of four
added saw Nathan Holland volley home to force extra time amid frenzied
rejoicing from home fans. We looked spent at that point; the goal that
we'd need to avoid penalties utterly beyond us and the hosts surely
destined to win it.
However the arrival of Ciaran Clark steadied the defence -
wandering minstrel Isaac Hayden as usual occupying multiple positions
following his introduction from the bench. We also benefited from using the fourth substitute
now permitted after the 90 minute mark, Christian Atsu boosting the
attack - although his
decision-making and shooting prowess as usual left much to be desired.
Both sides had chances to win the game but it was left to Saint-Maximin to
steal the glory with a thunderous effort following a typical mazy run. He raced to the jubilant away section, not far from where another Alan was
applauding - Shearer present on BBC pundit duty. He was in the team the
last time that we won a Fourth Round tie and our opening scorer tonight
was eight years old.
The squad now get a much-vaunted break - although truncated due to their
collective indolence in the first meeting with Oxford. In theory we
should have the boost of some forward options by the time we return to
action on Sunday week, but given the nature of the season to date it's
unwise to take anything for granted. This all may be enormously flawed,
but it's engrossing if nothing else.