Newcastle United fans had a message for Mike Ashley as Allan Saint-Maximin made FA Cup history

There was an FA Cup shock at the Kassam Stadium tonight.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 12:12 pm

Newcastle United, for the first time in 14 years, are in the fifth round of the FA Cup – but they did it the hard way. They needed extra time to beat Oxford United 3-2 tonight.

What’s more, Mike Ashley, whose ownership has coincided with an atrocious record in the domestic cups, was there to see it.

So too was former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, who was serenaded by fans as he sat in a TV box at the stadium. Ashley, by contrast, was told to “get out of our club” by supporters in both halves.

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Sean Longstaff celebrates his goal.

Steve Bruce’s side were seemingly in total control at 2-0, only to conceded two late goals. Substitute Allan Saint-Maximin netted an emphatic 116th-minute winner.

Newcastle got the early goal they were looking for at the Kassam Stadium, where they were backed by 1,800 fans.

Miguel Almiron delivered the ball to Joelinton, and he laid the ball off to Sean Longstaff, who fired a shot into the top right-hand corner.

It got better for Newcastle, who went 2-0 up at the half-hour mark. Longstaff played a superb ball over the top for Joelinton, who broke free and calmly finished past Simon Eastwood.

Oxford fought back. Darlow denied Jamie Mackie, and Jamaal Lascelles cleared a follow-up shot off the line. Joelinton, meanwhile, limped out of the game before the break. Saint-Maximin replaced him.

Newcastle were seemingly in control, but a shambolic final few minutes cost them. Liam Kelly sparked a comeback with a late free-kick, and Nathan Holland levelled a great finish from just inside the box in the fourth and final minute of added time.

Almiron’s 89th-minute withdrawal had left Bruce short of attacking players, and with the game seemingly heading to penalties, Saint-Maximin took the ball on the left. The winger cut inside and beat two defenders before lashing an unstoppable shot past Eastwood.

Finally, it was game over.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune (Clark, 97), Ritchie, Bentaleb, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Almiron (Hayden, 89), Joelinton (Saint-Maximin, 36). Subs not used: Elliot, Fernandez, Atsu, Allan.