Plenty of reaction from Newcastle fans after the latest FA Cup debacle but what did Oxford fans make of Saturday?
Maybe the most striking thing below is how the majority assumed pre-match that Rafa Benitez would play a strong team and their belief that if ‘6 or 7’ first team players were involved, Newcastle would win easily.
These same supporters then being shocked when hearing the team Rafa actually named.
Many Oxford supporters did fancy their chances of causing an upset if Newcastle fielded a weakened team and how they revelled in it…
Aleksandar Mitrovic also proved to be a popular topic of debate…
Oxford fans comment before before and after the win over Newcastle, views via their top message board YellowsForum:
‘I think we will beat their second string but I reckon 6-7 regular starters in their 11 will be too much for us.’
‘Looking forward to this one, believe it will be a harder game than Swansea last year, saying that it’s all about the side Newcastle put out.
Think there will be goals, head says 3-2 Newcastle, heart says 3-2 Oxford.’
‘Can’t wait for this, getting really excited now. Gonna make a proper day of it. Have a few jars and good old sing song.
It should be a great Atmosphere at the stadium with the Toon army in good voice.
If we win, can we sing “lets all have a disco!, La la la” as I’m off out straight after the match as well.’
‘Pubs open early I see!’
‘Head says not a snowball’s chance in hell of winning this one.’
‘I can actually see an upset AGAIN. Have a feeling the mags won’t field their strongest XI and Benitez himself has said they have players away etc. I’ll go with a 2-1 win to us.’
‘Plenty of barcodes on the train to Oxford. HOWAY!!!’
‘The 3-0 lucky charm worked a treat as time out so I am sticking with it although in all honestly a draw and a trip to the land of the rising hem line would not be totally unwelcome.
‘If Newcastle play a weakened team and take us lightly they’ll get hammered 4-1.’
‘Toughie today. I was hoping that they would consider this an easy game, play a second string against us but i think they may be prepared for a real game and with that in mind a replay would be a hell of a result.’
‘I’m pretty sure they are just focussed on getting to the Premiership. Therefore, I’m pretty confident we can beat these mackems.’
‘I don’t think teams higher up are as complacent about playing L1 sides as they are those from L2.
Also, we’re getting to a stage in the Cup where teams will start taking their opponents more seriously regardless of their league (Blackburn last year).
Can’t see Newcastle playing too much of a weakened side. They’re probably one of the best teams in England at the moment, they’re full of quality and they’re riding that wave of confidence.’
THE TEAMS ARE ANNOUNCED:
‘Well there we are, Benitez puts out a second string to kick off with the big guns on the bench. Its a one off and we are in with a chance so COYY.’
‘Newcastle fans not happy, say the midfield is weak as pi**.’
‘Having seen the Newcastle team I really fancy us to get a result now.’
HALF-TIME – SCORE 0-0
‘A good score for Oxford at half time.’
‘Playing deep and not putting pressure on them could cost us. We have got to get bodies forward and hassle them. We go forward but with no options.’
‘We’ve done ok but they have been clean through a few times and Eastwood has made some great saves.
We could score if we made the right decisions but like before the game I still don’t see us winning this, sorry.
Hope I’m wrong!!!’
‘Eastwood has been excellent. They’ve had the better chances but we’ve not been outclassed.’
AFTER FINAL WHISTLE:
‘I woke up with the lurgy this morning. Totally forgot I was meant to be ill. absolutely buzzing my tits off!!’
‘Fantastic result. Boy are we rolling. Goning have a few this evening.’
‘Amazing! So proud of the boys!’
‘Brilliant result. Sounded like we dominated the second half.
Gutted I decided not to get a ticket as I thought I would not get away from work on time. As it turned out I could have got to the ground with an hour to spare. Oh well next time…’
‘Effing brilliant today!
Tight first half, brilliant 2nd half. Turning point was the penalty save.’
‘That was just brilliant. To a man our boys worked their nuts off. All based on a truly fantastic game from sir Simon Eastwood.
Take nothing away from any one of our team, we were soooo f***ing good all over the park.
Ps… I f***ing hate that w*nker Mitrovic!’
‘Marvellous stuff. There is nothing like a good cup run.’
‘Far, far too good for them. Far, far too strong. Too quick etc etc
Typical big club arrogance that just because they get 30k ever week they think they automatically produce talented players from their fringe, reserves, academy or wherever
If you come down to us having failed to do your homework with anything like under strength we will pick you apart.’
‘The players worked their nuts off all game, made life incredibly hard and took our chances. Newcastle largely didn’t turn up and in their shoes, I’d be incredibly annoyed at some of their players just going through the motions. Some curious officiating at times.
Ledson looked very comfortable today and the team as a whole just made life hard for them.
Mitrovic had an odd performance. Once he couldn’t intimidate the CBs he kind of just drifted from the game. Missed some chances. The penalty was harsh as the contact started outside the box and should have been a free kick.’
‘Just brilliant. Had a bunch of mates along who follow big-time clubs and they were amazed at how good we were.’
‘Living around half hour from St James park makes the performance and result even sweeter!
We were immense especially second half, and at times just toying with them, resulting in them getting narky and kicking us, bit of a twist on ‘lower league’ club versus what is all but a Premiership club.
Never mind them fielding a weakened team, Benetez said after the match he ‘knew we had quality’ yet obviously it made no difference, we were just far too good for them on the day.’
‘Minus 10 for the Toon players who refused to shake the hands of Oxford players, pompus gits, sore bloody losers.’
‘Yes when the ref blew the final whistle, Magic went to shake the Perez hand and he shrugged him off then went to shake Hayden and he did the same they also did it to another couple of players as the walked back towards the other Toon players, Bloody belligerent tw*ts.’
‘Newcastle had moments of real quality going forward, I think showing that if their full starting XI had played we would have been blown away. but Rafa showed he had totally underestimated us with his team selection, which I had absolutely not expected.’
‘Win vs. Newcastle reserves. Lets not get too carried away.’
‘Apart from mitrovic they weren’t at all up for the cup.’
‘The crowd did a good job of winding Mitrovic up from the kick off.
The players did their part, but the crowd just got under his skin and the reaction to the banter was, for me, one of those moments where I thought gotcha. After the reaction, he looked a bit in and out of the game.’
‘As for the barcodes, some of these highly paid imports really can’t hack muck and nettles football can they? They looked petrified of the high ball.
That left back was the worst defender I have seen all season.
Benitez didn’t seem to be arsed about the result in the post match press con. Very disappointing approach.
Anyway Geordie Nation Annhialation.’
‘Let’s have a bit of sympathy for Newcasle though, as Rafa points out, you can’t put out a full strength squad when you play as many game as they do.
After all, they’ve played 34 competitive games this season already. We’ve only played 39…..Hang on a minute…’
MATCH OF THE DAY COVERAGE:
‘MOTD giving us 0% credit. All about Newcastle.’
‘Thought it was disgraceful. We’ve just slaughtered one of the biggest teams in the country and we get a passing mention. So disrespectful.’