The rocky start to Newcastle United’s new era continued on Saturday as the Premier League strugglers were dumped out of the FA Cup by third-tier Cambridge United.
Newcastle harbour huge ambitions after they were taken over by a Saudi-led consortium in October and were eyeing a long-awaited cup run under recently-appointed boss Eddie Howe.
But the Magpies were embarrassingly beaten 1-0 in the third round by Cambridge, who were on a three-game winless run and are 16th in League One, through Joe Ironside’s 56th-minute strike from close range at St James’ Park.
The victory was Cambridge’s first ever away to a top-flight side in the FA Cup and means the U’s have now won as many games against Premier League opposition this season as Newcastle have in 19 matches.
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— Cambridge United FC (@CambridgeUtdFC) January 8, 2022
While Newcastle have yet to truly flex their financial muscles, they brought in Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for £12million this week and the full-back played a full part in front of United’s hugely wealthy owners.
Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov made nine saves in total, including a sensational stop to deny Joelinton late on, as Mark Bonner’s side made it through to the fourth round for just the second time in 21 seasons.
Second-bottom Newcastle must now turn their attention back to the battle to stay in the Premier League, with a huge clash against fellow-strugglers Watford to come next Saturday.