FA Cup: Oxford 3-0 Newcastle


Oxford's Kane Hemmings opens the scoring

Oxford caused a major upset by thumping Sky Bet Championship high-flyers Newcastle 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.


Kane Hemmings put the Sky Bet League One outfit in front two minutes into the second half with his 13th goal of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic passed up the chance to equalise on 67 minutes when his penalty was saved by U's goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, before further home goals from Curtis Nelson and Toni Martinez sealed the shock result.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez made nine changes to the team which hammered Rotherham 4-0 last weekend, with only Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez keeping their places.

Oxford threatened throughout but it proved a sign of things to come when Mitrovic shaped to shoot in a good position after half an hour but lost his footing and fell over.

Eastwood then saved in quick succession from Jesus Gamez's half-volley and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni's drive.

Mitrovic should have scored when he charged through on goal, only for Eastwood to stick out a foot to save, and the home 'keeper reacted smartly again to deny Mitrovic with his leg just before half-time.

The opening goal arrived soon after the interval when Hemmings turned the ball in from four yards after Chey Dunkley headed Chris Maguire's cross back from the far post.

The Magpies had a great chance to level when Mitrovic was brought down in the box by Phil Edwards, but Eastwood brilliantly saved the Serbian's firmly-hit 67th-minute spot-kick down to his right.

Oxford centre-half Nelson made it 2-0 on 79 minutes, heading home Rob Hall's corner at the back post.

And 19-year-old Spanish striker Martinez added a third, on his debut, with a well-placed looping header three minutes from time.


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