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Match Report : 28/01/2017 v Oxford United
Oxford United   3 0

Scorer(s): Kane Hemmings (46), Curtis Nelson (79), Antonio Martinez (87)

Newcastle United   0 0
Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Competition: FA Cup, 4th Round
Season: 2016-17
Venue: Kassam Stadium
Kick Off: 3:00 pm
Attendance: 11,810
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)
Oxford United
Manager: Michael Appleton
 Simon Eastwood
Cautioned  Philip Edwards
  Cheyenne Dunkley
  Curtis Nelson
  Joe Skarz
  Chris Maguire(On As A Substitute Antonio Martinez Lopez, 70)
  John Lundstram
  Ryan Ledson
  Marvin Johnson
  Robert Hall
Cautioned  Kane Hemmings(On As A Substitute Liam Sercombe, 83)
Unused Subs: Manny Agboola, Charlie Raglan, Alex MacDonald, Josh Ruffels, Joe Rothwell
Newcastle United
Manager: Rafael Benitez
 Matz Sels
 Curtis Good
Cautioned Grant Hanley
 Massadio Haidara(On As A Substitute Matt Ritchie, 77)
 Jesus Gamez Duarte
 Daniel Barlaser
 Isaac Hayden
 Achraf Lazaar
 Ayoze Perez
 Yasin El-Mhanni (On As A Substitute Yoan Gouffran, 88)
 Aleksandar Mitrovic
Unused Subs: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, DeAndre Yedlin, Jonjo Shelvey
A Note on Cards

Second Half
46 mins
1-0Kane Hemmings. Haidara conceded a corner which was swung in towards the box. Dunkley headed and Hemmings, only a couple of yards out, he drove it left footed into the centre of the goal.
57 mins
Kane Hemmings - foul on Haidara
66 mins
Philip Edwards - foul on Mitrovic (resulting in penalty)
70 mins
Antonio Martinez Lopez on for Chris Maguire
77 mins
79 mins
2-0Curtis Nelson . Good conceded a corner on the left which was swung high in towards the box. Hall swung it high and it dropped for Nelson on the six-yard line and he powered a header into the high centre of the goal.
83 mins
Liam Sercombe on for Kane Hemmings
87 mins
3-0Antonio Martinez. Another corner, another goal! Again played short on the right before being crossed high into the box where Martinez was free to power a looping header beyond the despairing dive of Sels into the centre left of the goal.
88 mins
90+1 mins
Grant Hanley - foul on Martinez

toon1892 comment...


What this result demonstrates is that there is absolutely no depth to the Newcastle squad, and no ambition other than promotion within the club. Obviously promotion is a priority for the club but one tends to think that perhaps it is only the financial side of that promotion that is the driving force, to surrender both the League Cup and now the FA Cup certainly points to that for me.

From the team which demolished Rotherham four-nil last week only Perez and Hayden represented Newcastle today - that's nine changes! This, to me represents a total lack of respect to the opposition, to the fans and to the competition. Teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, etc., may be able to get away with such tactics as they have perhaps a 'reserve' team which could "hold their own", but this demonstrated the woeful lack of depth within the Newcastle squad, we just do not have the luxury of being able to do this.

No disrespect to Oxford, but this was a complete surrender, a clear demonstration by Newcastle that they had no ambition whatsoever with regard to progressing in the cup. Also such tactics as making nine changes probably does little for the confidence of the players that came into the team either. Make changes by all means, but nine all at once! Why not play a very strong team in the first instance, with perhaps three changes, then get the game won and make three substitutions - but get the game won first!

Mitrovic, on his return from the horrible injury he picked up in the Third Round against Birmingham twenty-one days ago Mitrovic at least tried to do that, but this was not to be a happy for him. Falling over just as he was positioning himself to shoot on the half hour and seeing Eastwood stick out a leg to prevent a certain goal just before the break, then having his penalty saved, this was certainly not his day, but it was great to see his passion and commitment hadn't been diminished. Eastwood also made other decent saves, three especially which happened in the first half. Two in quick from attempts by Gamez and El-Mhanni and another from Mitrovic which he saved with his leg, indeed Eastwood was busy in the first half. The surrender by Newcastle in the second half though was hard to watch. What is it with set peices that they just cannot defend? All the Oxford goals coming either directly from a corner or being crossed into the box following a corner, what a nightmare!

After the game Rafa said "I feel sorry for the fans and for us", believe me Rafa you perhaps don't feel as sorry as we do, well me anyway!

Second Half

Within seconds of the restart Oxford were on the attack again and forced a corner off Haidara. The corner was played short and eventually swung towards the far post where Dunkley headed it back across the goal to the feet of Hemmings who was only a couple of yards out and he drove it left footed into the centre of the goal and Oxford reaped the rewards of their positive play.

Newcastle had a great opportunity to level the scores as Edwards brought down Mitrovic in the box on sixty-six minutes and a penalty was awarded. Mitrovic took the spot-kick himself and hit it powerfully enough but Eastwood made a great outstretched save low down to his right to keep Oxford in front.