After fending off a threatening comeback from League One minnows Oxford United, Newcastle eventually clinched their spot in the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since Mike Ashley’s takeover back in 2007 – with under-fire striker Joelinton playing a crucial role before having to come off with an injury.
The Brazilian, who has been under pressure from supporters and pundits alike recently, found the net for Newcastle’s second of the game – feeding off Sean Longstaff’s ball over the top to calmly slot it into the bottom corner. Joelinton, prior to his strike, also fed Longstaff for the game’s opener – thereby nearly equalling his entire Premier League tally of goals and assists so far in just 37 minutes (WhoScored.com). However, due to a suspected rib injury, the record £40 million signing had to be taken off before half time – with manager Steve Bruce hoping he hasn’t ‘cracked or damaged a rib’ (Shields Gazette).
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Regardless of his eventual substitution, Newcastle fans took to Twitter and hailed the striker for his second FA Cup goal so far this season – with the other coming against Rochdale in the third round. One supporter even jokingly claimed he is ‘better than Messi‘ – referring to the Barcelona legend. Find all of their best comments down below.
Better than messi
— Brandon Barnes (@Brandon96325727) February 4, 2020
THE BIG BRAZILIAN KINGGGGGG
— Karl M (@razorscharp) February 4, 2020
Where all the haters at pic.twitter.com/EPmi0R6tGO
— Kieron Bailey (@kieronb2002) February 4, 2020
THAT WAS BETTER 1 ON 1 GOOD FINISH
— Dell ❄️ 14-4 (@agbnufc) February 4, 2020
YESSSS I LOVE U
— Matty (@WorBrucey) February 4, 2020
Great finish, go on lad
— nathan (@nthnmllr) February 4, 2020
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