It will be a rematch for Jonjo Shelvey and John Lundstram on Saturday afternoon.
A year ago the (now) Newcastle midfielder hit rock bottom: no longer automatic first choice in the Swansea team, both player and team struggling, fans getting on his back, then they played Oxford…
Oxford were League Two at the time and they caused a major shock by dumping Premier League Swansea out of the FA Cup and two days later Jonjo Shelvey agreed to move to Newcastle.
Whether the NUFC playmaker gets a chance for revenge tomorrow remains to be seen but his midfield opponent from 12 months ago is relishing the chance to have another go against Shelvey.
Oxford Captain John Lundstram is realistic though and accepts that the Newcastle midfielder might ‘absolutely bully’ him but he would settle for that if it coincided with Oxford still going through.
Jonjo Shelvey played the full 90 minutes that day and got booked as frustration got the better of him, with two games in the Championship quickly following this cup-tie, we await Rafa’s team selection with interest.
The home skipper describes Newcastle United as a ‘massive club with unbelievable players’ but still fancies Oxford’s chances as ‘little underdogs’.
The travelling 1,800 fans will hope to see Jonjo Shelvey lining up at Oxford but will mostly understand if he is missing from the line-up with promotion the big priority.
John Lundstram speaking to the Witney Gazette:
“It was a good battle between me and him last year.
“I have seen a lot of the stuff the fans have been saying and it’s funny, but obviously the most important thing is the win.
“If Jonjo Shelvey absolutely bullies me I’ll be fine with that if we go through on Saturday.
“He’s a brilliant, technically gifted player and can spot a pass from anywhere.
“He can score goals and tackle, he’s a complete footballer.
“Newcastle are a massive club with unbelievable players.
“They will be definite favourites but we fancy ourselves as little underdogs.”