Newcastle United are out of the FA Cup in the Third Round following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to League One Cambridge United at St James’ Park, after inspired performance from U’s goalkeeper Mitlov.
The home side had plenty of opportunities to find the net but lacked the desire, quality and energy to make the pressure pay in what was one of their most embarrassing performances to-date. The Magpies were wasteful in attacking areas after putting in a very average performance against a very average opposition.
Once the hosts were unable to find the net in the opening stages, everything pointed towards a classic FA Cup upset and the visitors didn’t disappoint. Newcastle once again helped to provide the classic upset and given the fact they clearly tried to win the game, naming as stronger line-up as possible, this one feels extremely embarrassing.
United created 22 chances but could not find a away past the minnows and lacked the desire to get the victory.
The fans deserved so much more on the day. The result doesn’t matter as much if the Magpies are able to beat fellow strugglers Watford in the Premier League next weekend but the performance on Saturday afternoon was anything short of pathetic – especially given Howe named his strongest side possible and gave a debut to new signing Kieran Trippier.
The FA Cup was undoubtedly low on the list of priorities for the Toon but the performance and result this afternoon shows just how poor the current squad is and outlines the importance of bringing in more major reinforcements in January.
The home side desperately missed their star striker Callum Wilson, who is set to miss the next eight weeks due to his calf injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Man Utd.
Howe will need to bring in a replacement striker to replicate the form of Wilson in front of goal and score some important goals between now and the end of the season.
Kieran Trippier played his first game in the black and white stripes in front of a sell-out crowd at St Janes’ as fans expected a comfortable victory. Trippier was one of the best players on the day and showed his quality at times but fans at SJP were left disappointed by the overall result and performance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Trippier and Ryan Fraser down one side and Jacob Murphy and Matt Ritchie on the other, the Magpies looked to attack the flanks early on.
Mitov’s inspired form in the Cambridge net kept the U’s in the game and enabled them to get into half-time at 0-0 – perfectly set up to give it a real go in the second period.
The Bulgarian ‘keeper made three exceptional stops to prevent Howe’s side from taking the lead, including a ridiculous save from Murphy’s drilled volley which was headed for the top corner.
Newcastle had the ball in the net after Schar tucked in from close range, following a rebound from Matt Ritchies effort on goal which deflected to the feet of the onrushing Swiss international. However, Schar was clearly offside and the celebrations were cut short.
The scores were level at the break as Newcastle struggled to make their pressure count. Allan Saint-Maximin was unable to replicate his performance against Man Utd last time out and struggled to make an impact, despite his best efforts.
Joelinton was played higher up in attacking areas and struggled to match his recent form as the Brazilian lost possession on a number of occasions.
Winger Jacob Murphy thought he had given the home side the lead with a decent touch and finish after Schar’s throughball, but the flag was up.
The visitors took the lead in the 58th minute when the ball fell to the feet of Ironside after Schar headed off the line. The 28-year-old made no mistake in front of goal when he turned and shot into the back of the net.
Newcastle pushed for an equaliser and thought they had it went Joelinton’s headed effort looked bound for the back of the net, before Mitlov dived to his right to parry over – another brilliant piece of work.
The home side huffed and puffed but couldn’t find the equaliser as Cambridge sat in two banks of four, challenging the Magpies to break them down which they could not do. The hosts didn’t have the heart nor the quality to beat a League One side, which doesn’t bode well for the vital upcoming Premier League fixtures.
Unfortunately the performance represented one similar to those at the beginning of the campaign and Howe’s side will need to improve massively when Watford visit next Saturday – a must-win game for both sides who are looking to avoid relegation.
Sean Longstaff was extremely poor in the centre of the park and may well have played his last game for the club, with increased interest from Everton to bring him to Goodison Park. He has been a good servant and would likely feature regularly if the club are relegated to the Championship, however his performance today shows just why many fans feel he should be sold to make way for a higher quality replacement.
The Cambridge fans were fantastic all-game and the 5,000 travelling supporters added to the magnificent atmosphere on Saturday afternoon at SJP. For many younger fans it was their first experience and they won’t have fond memories of the result – hopefully better times are ahead.
Newcastle face a critical game at home next time out and will need to win to bolster their chances of retaining Premier League status come the end of the season. Howe will be left disappointed by the performance today and will be hoping his side can bounce back instantly and put in a much improved display against Watford.
Newcastle Manger, Eddie Howe:
“We are desperately disappointed. We really prepared well for this game, and we played a very strong team. But ultimately, we found a goalkeeper in superb form and a team that defended for their lives, and we couldn’t break them down.
“We did have some good moments, but we lacked that killer instinct that every team needs. Then, when you don’t put the game to bed, there’s always a chance you leave yourself open, and, unfortunately, one of those moments cost us the game.”
Dubravka (5), Trippier (6), Krafth (5), Schar (5), Ritchie (6); Shelvey (6), Longstaff (4) Joelinton (5), Murphy (6): Fraser (6), Saint-Maximin (5)
Subs: Almiron (4), Willock (5), Manquillo (6)
Post-match thoughts? How disappointed were you with the performance? Did you enjoy seeing new signing Trippier?
Will Howe’s side bounce back next weekend against Watford?
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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