Mark Bonner delight as Cambridge encapsulate magic of FA Cup with Magpies scalp

Cambridge manager Mark Boehner saluted his players as they proved the magic of the FA Cup is still alive after knocking Premier League side Newcastle out of the competition.

Joe Ironside’s second-half goal earned a famous 1-0 third-round win at St James’ Park one afternoon when recent Magpies’ Kieran Trippier received an insight into the problems facing his new staff – who have lost striker Callum Wilson. due to injury. Eight weeks – face.

Asked about the suggestion that the FA Cup is not what it used to be, Boehner said: “It’s definitely for teams at our level.

“I understand some say that and why – there is more football now than ever before.

“But the magic of the FA Cup, I think, is about the underdog who comes out with a surprising story. We knew going into today there would always be turbulence somewhere and whether we could be that way, we didn’t know.

“But somehow we found a way to do it and I’m glad we did.”

For Middlesbrough-born Ironside, the goal that took his club into the fourth round for the first time since they met Manchester United in 2015, was very special on a stadium often blessed by childhood hero Alan Shearer.

“It was the match he wanted when the last time the draw came and he was dreaming of scoring against them,” Boehner said. “Shearer was his idol so it’s an important moment for him and I’m really proud of him and the contribution he made to the game.”

Cambridge was also indebted to goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov, who made two saves from Jacob Murphy before the break, but saved the best until it was all the more important when he somehow fended off Jullinton’s header in injury time to claim the win.

In truth, it was little more than what the visitors deserved after the Magpies, who have won just once in 20 games in all competitions this season, failed to make the most of their early dominance and then simply ran out of ideas in the face of a coordinated defence.

Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan was in attendance and visited the dressing room with fellow directors to express their support after an embarrassing defeat by a side sitting on 41 positions under relegation-threatened Newcastle.

Coach Eddie Howe said: “I think they’ve been very supportive of the players, highlighting the fact that they are in this fight to stay in the league together and they are far behind everyone else, and I cannot thank them enough for that support.

“It was really helpful for the players to see and feel that because this journey that we’re on right now and the battle we’re fighting to stay in the division is a united effort from everyone at the club.

“The fans are playing their part, no doubt – they’ve been fantastic – and the owners wanted to show their support for the players, which was really welcome for me.”

Howe, who confirmed that Wilson will be out until March with a calf injury, admitted his team simply didn’t do enough to win the match.

He said: “It was a really tough day for us. A lot of our play was good until the last half but our quality around the penalty area was missing.

“We put in a huge amount of passes in the penalty area with very limited success. We created a number of chances, but we did not take advantage of them.”

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