Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge: Eddie Howe ‘devastated’ for fans and reveals Callum Wilson is out for eight weeks | Football News

Eddie Howe says he is “devastated” for Newcastle supporters after a shocking 1-0 defeat to League One side Cambridge in Saturday’s FA Cup.

Howe had further bad news for Newcastle fans after the game when he revealed that top scorer Callum Wilson will be out for eight weeks following a scan on his calf injury.

The defeat to Cambridge means Howe has only won once since replacing Steve Bruce as manager in November.

More than 50,000 fans were at St James’ Park to watch Newcastle defeat and, when asked about the support his team received, Howe said: “We are devastated for them.

“A great atmosphere, an incredible feeling throughout the match, even when we went behind, really wanting the team to find an equalizer.

“It hasn’t really surprised me since I’ve been here, that’s how the fans have been.

“Devastated for them, to feel their pain and that motivates me to try to repay their faith and support by winning games very soon.”

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Cambridge’s victory extended Newcastle’s lousy FA Cup record: they have reached the competition quarter-finals only once since 2005, while this was the fifteenth time in 16 seasons that he has made it out in the third or fourth round.

The occasion was supposed to be celebratory, with Kieran Trippier making his debut after singing from Atletico Madrid, but Joe Ironside’s second-half goal made a miserable afternoon for Newcastle fans.

The Magpies made 23 shots during the match, but couldn’t find a way to get past impressive Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov, with Howe admitting his team missed Wilson.

Newcastle will have to continue without the striker until March due to the calf injury, with Howe saying: “He had an ultrasound yesterday, as there was a slight doubt about his initial scan and we had to leave him. heal a little further.

“I think he will be out for eight weeks.”

Howe also revealed that Newcastle owners walked into the locker room to address the players after the match, adding that the move was supportive and welcomed by the team.

Newcastle United president Yasir Al-Rumayyan (left) with co-owner Amanda Staveley during the FA Cup third round match at St. James' Park
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Newcastle president Yasir Al-Rumayyan (left) with co-owner Amanda Staveley during the FA Cup third round match at St James’ Park

“Yeah, they came to see the players,” Howe said. “Personally I wasn’t there for that – they saw me with my coaching team afterwards.

“I think they have been of great support to the players, underlining the fact that we are in this fight to stay together in the league and I am very much behind everyone.

“I cannot thank them enough for that support and I think it has been really beneficial for the players to see and hear it because this journey we are currently taking and this fight to stay in the division is a united effort on everyone’s part.

“The fans are doing their part, they were great. The owners wanted to show their support to the players and it was very welcome.”

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