Oxford 3 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 28 January 2017 3pm
FA Cup 4th Round
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“There’s a lot of perspective to be had here.
“As in 09/10 the FA Cup had to be sidelined while we focus on our main goal of promotion.
“Mitrovic’ performance was terrible but it’s one bad day on the comeback from injury.
“Having said that, it’s not acceptable for a team of players that purport to represent Newcastle United to lose so heavily to a lower league club.
“The misery that will resonate from this abject result could continue and cost us momentum for the more important pair of league games we have this week.
“Fair play to Oxford for taking advantage, hope they get a big draw next.”
“Newcastle lost a game, yeah it’s disappointing but we focus on our main priority of promotion now.
“All is not lost!”
“The FA Cup has always had special meaning to me so needless to say I’m absolutely gutted.
“So much for our great squad; today proved some are just no way near good enough.
“I’m really disappointed with the team Rafa put out.
“It’s going to be a very sad journey back home…”
“Praise be for Wolves and Lincoln who have taken some of the headlines off us.
“Despite the changes we had enough chances to win it but our Serb was er, rusty shall we say and Rafa can rightly say that although it was a b team it still could / should have done the job.
“Disappointing tho, I know we have some big games coming up and players away but I still want to win games.
“I’m not sure what so many changes achieves but so be it, onwards and upwards we hope.”
“This was an absolute joke.
“Nothing gets me more than losing to lower league opposition, it has gone on for far too long.
“Where is our club’s pride?”
“Don’t see why everyone is saying we can focus on the league.
“With players returning from African cup of nations we could easily have attacked the cup if we had just got through this round.
“I Would have played a much stronger team than Rafa. Poor.”
“A sad and somewhat predictable afternoon in the recent history of the club.
“You can talk about Rafa respecting or disrespecting the competition by his selection till you turn blue in the face, but we do have other priorities. Nonetheless still bloody poor.
“When I saw the team beforehand I must admit it screamed cup exit, but hoped Rafa’s gamble would pay off like last round against Brum.
“Not this time by a long stretch and to be frank that result is embarrassing.
“Shows below first eleven that we are pretty gash.
“Let’s get our first eleven on the pitch and smash the league up. We need to.”
“Thank you Rafa for playing a 3rd team.
“Opportunity thrown away to get to the FA Cup 5th round.
“FA Cup going way of League Cup disrespected by others and us.
“Play proper team but no….Oxford beating us – only good news is Lverpool out.
“You couldn’t make it up, barely fit returning players and again, another disjointed unfamilar team.
“Poor indeed, chance thrown away.
“Atypical NUFC, trip to bookies to collect on an Oxford win.
“I knew what was coming, especially when i saw the team Rafa played.
“Why Rafa why??”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Oxford 3 Newcastle 0
Oxford: Hemmings 46, Nelson 79, Martinez 87
Possession was Oxford 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were Oxford 14 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were Oxford 5 Newcastle 5
Corners were Oxford 9 Newcastle 10
Referee: David Coote
Crowd: 11,819 (Newcastle 1,800)
Sels, Good, Hanley, Gamez, Haidara (Ritchie 77), Lazaar, Hayden, Barlaser, El-Mhanni (Gouffran 68), Perez, Mitrovic
Elliot, Yedlin, Dummett, Lascelles, Shelvey