Oxford United earned themselves a big time FA Cup replay with their 0-0 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park and they can give Newcastle another tough outing in the replay tonight regardless of the result.
After beating Hayes & Yeading, Walsall and Hartlepool, Oxford more than held their own against the Magpies. They were under the cosh for much of the game as Joelinton had two goals correctly disallowed for offside, but they created several chances in the second half and they only lost the shot count 15-8, getting plenty of their own dangerous efforts on target against a full strength Newcastle side.
Since then they have lost midfielder Shandon Baptiste and attacker Tarique Fosu to Brentford on transfer deadline day, although they did keep up their chances of a possible play-off spot (they are currently eighth and are only three points away from a play-off position) with a 2-1 win over Blackpool and Karl Robinson’s side should have their spirits high as Newcastle head to town.
Oxford United v Newcastle United
FA Cup Fourth Round Replay
20:05 BBC One / BBC iPlayer
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JAN 2020 FA CUP Newcastle 0-0 Oxford
JAN 2017 FA CUP Oxford 3-0 Newcastle
Steve Bruce felt aggrieved that Newcastle couldn’t do more with a full strength side in the original fixture, but to be fair he has had a strong season at the helm, outperforming expectations set high by Rafa Benitez in the Premier League. The cups have proven to be more difficult for him, however – The Magpies also needed two games to get past Rochdale in the third round and whilst they won the replay 4-1, that came at St James’ Park and Rochdale are 18th in League One compared to Oxford’s eighth.
The departure of two of Oxford’s best attacking players in the shape of Baptisite and Fosu, along with an untimely injury to James Henry (11 goals this season) could give the edge to Newcastle, but this could be a tight affair and victory won’t be easy.
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