Saturday was a new stadium to be ticked off for Newcastle fans but not many/any other positives on yet another dismal cup day for the club.
Rafa Benitez putting a reserve team out with only two players, Ayoze Perez and Isaac Hayden, remaining from the win over Rotherham.
After having the better chances in the first half, some poor defending, particularly on set-pieces, saw a second-half collapse and an embarrassing three goal margin by the final whistle.
Not sure whether it makes it better or worse but the vast majority of travelling supporters will have been there, seen it, done it, and got the t-shirt, from previous FA Cup away day capitulations with a weakened team.
The home supporters talk of being surprised that more Newcastle fans didn’t stay until the bitter end – well with a 500 mile round trip to watch the reserves and the final stages seeing no hope of getting back into this tie, maybe a surprise there was anybody left inside the ground.
Sad to hear of in-fighting amongst the Newcastle fans there, as emotions ran high, divisions of opinion as to team selection in particular and priorities this season.
Hopefully two wins at St James Park this week will restore the harmony, plus the addition of Andros Townsend would reassure some Newcastle fans as to Rafa Benitez having the major hand when it comes to making transfers happen,
Verdict on Newcastle fans from Oxford supporters via their top message board YellowsForum:
‘How disappointing were the toon army, so quiet, hardly made a noise all game.’
‘Couldn’t believe how they cleared off at 3-0. At the end of the game probably only 400 of the 1,800 remained.’
‘Thought they were meant to be amazing fans. Bang average IMHO. When we were in League 2 I can think of at least Bristol R & Argyle who created more noise.’
‘Also started fighting amongst themselves by the looks of it!’
‘Newcastle didn’t give a toss. Look at the team they put out. Guarantee the fans were fighting over that point. Financially they have to be back in epl this season.’
‘Talking to a Newcastle fan before the game who didn’t even know what division we were in.
He gave me the impression they were just going to turn up and get the win.
In the ground to me it felt like a normal league game, I had no nerves what so ever
During the first half though we were doing ok and sticking to our game plan. Newcastle looked like they were expecting a goal to just appear for them.’
‘To put that into perspective, I met a wise Newcastle fan in the Bird who still remembers the days before the Premier League hype and distorted media coverage.
When the Newcastle team flashed up on his phone he pointed down the list saying, ‘not good enough, not good enough, not good enough, rubbish etc and declared that we would win by two clear goals.’
‘As it was raining and had a bit of anorak time for myself I thought I should take a few minutes of my afternoon licking the windows of some of the Newcastle fans forums. I’m glad I didn’t spend too long in doing so as it really was just as I expected.
However, given that some Newcastle fans may also lick the windows of our forum I would like to remind one or 52,000 of them once more that their record of playing Oxford in Oxford is pretty poor to say the least and in the not too distant future when Newcastle return it will not matter a toss to us on whether they choose to play their supposedly ‘better’ first eleven or their second or third eleven as they will in all probability get stuffed again.
Really what I want to say is…..that normal service was resumed again yesterday.’
‘We were chatting to a few of the Newcastle fans over the netting at the end and to be fair they were very gracious and were wishing us well.
Then bizarrely one of them (with a southern accent) lifted his hoody up to reveal an Arsenal shirt! Beyond me that’s for sure.’