Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge: Eddie Howe 'devastated' for fans and reveals Callum Wilson is out for eight weeks

Newcastle stunned by Cambridge in the FA Cup third round on Saturday; Eddie Howe says he is "devastated" for the fans after more than 50,000 attend the game at St James' Park; Howe also reveals top scorer Callum Wilson will be out for eight weeks with a calf injury

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Eddie Howe says Newcastle's attacking quality cost them in their FA Cup defeat against Cambridge, rather than a lack of effort

Eddie Howe says he is "devastated" for Newcastle supporters following their shock 1-0 defeat to League One side Cambridge in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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

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

More than 50,000 supporters were at St James' Park to witness Newcastle's defeat, and when asked about the support his team received, Howe said: "We're devastated for them.

"A great atmosphere, incredible feeling all the way during the game, even when we went behind, really willing the team to find an equaliser.

"It didn't totally surprise me - since I've been here, that's what the supporters have been like.

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

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Cambridge's win has extended Newcastle's dismal record in the FA Cup - they have reached the quarter-finals of the competition just once since 2005, while this was the 15th time in 16 seasons that they have exited in either the third or fourth round.

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

The Magpies had 23 shots during the game but were unable to find a way past Cambridge's impressive goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov, with Howe admitting his side missed Wilson.

Newcastle will have to continue to make do without the striker until March due to his calf injury, with Howe saying: "He had a scan yesterday, because there was a slight doubt over his initial scan and we needed to let it heal a bit further.

"I think he's going to be out for eight weeks."

Howe also revealed Newcastle's owners entered the dressing room to address the players following the game, adding the move was supportive and appreciated by the team.

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

"Yeah they did pop in to see the players," said Howe. "I personally wasn't in there for that - they saw me with my coaching team after.

"I believe they were very supportive to the players, highlighting the fact we're in this fight to stay in the league together and they're very much behind everybody.

"I can't thank them enough for that support and I think it was really beneficial for the players to see that and feel that because this journey that we're going on currently and this fight we're in to stay in the division is a united effort from everybody.

"The supporters are playing their part - they've been magnificent. The owners wanted to show their support for the players and it was really welcome."

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