'Pathetic!' Alan Shearer slams Newcastle after Cambridge United FA Cup defeat

Alan Shearer branded Newcastle United’s performance ‘pathetic’ after Eddie Howe’s side were beaten by League One Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Premier League strugglers were hopeful that a run in club football’s oldest knockout competition would boost confidence and enhance their chances of achieving top flight survival.

Now the richest club in the world following their takeover by Saudi Arabian consortium, the Magpies were overwhelming favourites to beat a side who hadn’t scored a goal in over a month.

Manager Eddie Howe selected a strong side which included new signing Kieran Trippier, who was introduced to the St James’ Park faithful before kick-off following his £12million transfer from Atletico Madrid.

The England international’s presence failed to inspire those around him and, after a goalless first half, the home crowd were stunned when Joe Ironside fired the rank outsiders into a shock lead just before the hour mark.

Newcastle piled on the pressure thereafter while Howe brought on the likes of Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock to try and rescue a desperate situation but could find no way past an inspired Dimitar Mitov in the U’s goal.

Reacting on Twitter at full-time, Newcastle’s all-time record goalscorer wrote: ‘Well done Cambridge. Pathetic NUFC’.

The mood in the Cambridge camp, meanwhile, with the heroic Mitov struggling to come to terms with his side’s achievement.

‘It is unbelievable what we just did today, but we always knew we had nothing to lose,’ he said. ‘We need to be the best version of ourselves and that is what we did today. We always had that belief, look at how many supporters have come, we sold out. What a way to start the year

‘It is not quite down to me, if we don’t score we don’t win the game. But on a personal note I am really happy – this is why we play football, to play against the big boys, to play against the Premier League teams. I love being a goalkeeper, I love diving around for a living, I am lost for words.

‘That was something I will never forget in the first half, the save from Jacob Murphy when I tipped on to the bar and even the Newcastle fans clapped me.’

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