Newcastle, the world’s richest football team, have been dumped out of the FA Cup by League One side Cambridge in a 1-0 win at St. James Park.
The Magpies’ dire relationship with the FA Cup continued in humiliation fashion with Joe Ironside’s 56th minute winner meaning they’ve only progressed past the fourth round once in the last 16 years.
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Newcastle’s takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund backed by £320billion-man Mohammad Bin Salman was meant to bring brighter days, but things have rarely ever been more embarrassing.
Cambridge only returned to the third tier this season under the guidance of rookie manager Mark Bonner, but you’d have hardly noticed against the richest team in the world.
16th in the table and struggling against League One opposition, Cambridge more than held their own against Eddie Howe’s Newcastle, and were unlucky to have not taken an earlier lead.
Taken down by Matt Ritchie in the 36th minute Harvey Knibbs looked to have won a clear penalty, but VAR and the referee disagreed.
Ironside swivelled, shot, and sent Newcastle heads right into their handsGetty Cambridge players were just as stunned as the home crowdAFP
But shortly after half-time, things fell in the U’s favour when a scramble in the box was slammed home by Ironside, despite a marginal offside in the build up.
Cambridge were more than happy to sit back on their opener and eventual winner, but had a huge helping hand from goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov who denied everything Newcastle had to offer.
Mitov was unbeatable in net, shutting out everything Newcastle had to offerAFP And his teammates were able to fully enjoy things at full timeAFP
The stats stood hugely in Newcastle’s favour at full-time with 23 shots to Cambridge’s seven, but in truth Howe’s side looked well short of ideas.
Wayward efforts from the likes of Miguel Almiron and Jacob Murphy showed a side out of control, and Cambridge still managed to create the best chance when Jack Lankester had the ball in the net late on, only to be called offside.
Trippier’s debut showed him how tough things will be this seasonGetty
£12million signing from Atletico Madrid, Kieran Trippier, was paraded to the crowd pre-match, and given a heavy responsibility from Howe, taking every free kick and corner.
However, despite the Geordies hitting the headlines with the signing of their first real high-end player in years, their path back to the top looks set to be paved with painful stumbles.
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