Steve Bruce believes Newcastle United's season is still alive and kicking - and has asked his players to put their bodies on the line at Oxford to ensure it stays that way.
The Toon boss will make a handful of changes to his side, and will throw both Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune into the starting XI and ask them to help end the minnows' FA Cup dream.
But Newcastle go into the game on the back of an intense social media inquest which resulted in Bruce's tactics being called into question by some critics following the goalless draw with Norwich last weekend.
Bruce - whose team go into game nine of an already hectic 2020 - says he understands the concerns of fans.
Bruce told the Chronicle: "I can understand the fans' frustrations because we didn't play well on the day.
"The only good thing that came about it for me was the introduction of the two new lads Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose.
"We also didn't emerge with any fresh injuries.
"We didn't play well but still had the ability to get a point.
"It's not a bad trait to have in the Premier League especially.
"Who knows? That point could still prove to be valuable.
"But yes I understand the fans. The last two games at home we have not done enough - we accept that.
"We must move forward. There has been an outcry and that's, unfortunately, the way it is.
"But we will be better tonight."
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Despite fan unrest and the club's awful record in the FA Cup, all 1,800 away tickets were snapped up for a midweek replay in Oxford.
When told the tickets had all been sold, Bruce said: "That is excellent - we have to be in the hat for round five.
"We have to get through for them.
"We have to stay in this competition, it has been my mantra from day one."
The game will take place in front of the Match of the Day cameras and beamed out around the globe
Bruce added: "The world is watching - that is why we are live on TV.
"In this country, everybody loves the underdog. That is why we love the FA Cup.
"It is the beauty of it but we have to guard against it and be professional.
"If we play well we can be in the next round."
Schar and Lejeune will be named in the team tonight as well as both Longstaff brothers.
Bruce said: "It's just freshening up and I will do that the best I can.
"We have international footballers who sat on the bench on Saturday. I will freshen up for sure.
"The disappointment has been the top end of the pitch.
"I would love to freshen that up really but I can't. That's where we are."