Steve Bruce has hailed Sean Longstaff following our dramatic extra-time win over Oxford, describing his display as his “best performance of the season.”
The recently out of sorts midfielder put in an immense performance throughout – picking up a goal and assist along the way – and his efforts did not go unnoticed by the gaffer.
“I was delighted with him. He was a threat all evening.
He had a serious knee injury, people forget that.
“We gave him freedom. He gave me food for thought. This was his best performance of the season by a million miles,”
His goal was superb and his assist for Joelinton nearly as goo,d but what impressed me most about Sean Longstaff here was that he never shied away from the ball – even when things took a turn for the worse at 2-2.
He always looked to get on the ball, create and keep things moving, and that shows excellent mental strength – especially from a player of his age when low on confidence and out of form.
His younger brother Matty has at times took the limelight away from him this season, so to put in a match-winning performance when it mattered most and show the fans that he is still very much a part of this Newcastle team is massive for the 22-year-old.
What a game. What a cup tie. Those 120 minutes had all the ups and downs that make following Newcastle United so frustrating but also so worthwhile at the same time!
I don’t think we’ve had a moment like that winning strike for some time – possibly years – and there is certainly a buzz about the fanbase now.
Bring on the 5th round!