Steve Bruce senses FA Cup opportunity at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce senses an FA Cup opportunity at Newcastle United.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Steve Bruce.

Bruce's side was held to a 1-1 draw by League One club Rochdale in a third-round tie last weekend, and the winner of next week’s replay will face Oxford United, also in the third tier of English football, in the fourth round of the competition.

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Newcastle, 13th in the Premier League, have never got beyond the fourth round since Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007, and Bruce – who pledged to take the cups seriously after taking charge last summer – says it’s “all to play for”.

“I was delighted with the first half, the way we played,” said United’s head coach. “But, to be fair to Rochdale, they made a game of it in the second. We’re still in the hat, it’s an opportunity for us. We’ve got a home tie if we get past Rochdale, so it’s all to play for.”