Howe’s owls in agony as Newcastle suffer another FA Cup third round mishap

Eddie Howe has called Newcastle United’s recent FA Cup defeat “a big disappointment” after third-tier Sheffield Wednesday shocked the Premier League’s top players.

Head coach Howe guided Newcastle to Champions League places after a massive investment in St James’ Park, but the Magpies were unnerved at Hillsborough.

Josh Windass scored twice to make two goals for good on Wednesday, and although Brazil’s Bruno Guimaraes pulled back one, the Owls clinched a 2-1 victory.

The result means Newcastle have failed to make it past the third round of the FA Cup for the third consecutive season, with Wednesday becoming the first team to beat them since Liverpool on 31 August.

Newcastle lost at this stage of the cup to Arsenal in 2021 before falling victim to the giant’s homicide when they crashed at home to Cambridge United last season.

Howe mentioned in passing that he wanted to atone for the defeat to Cambridge and questioned the finish of his players, who had 22 shots for Wednesday’s nine but could not count them.

Howe told NUFC TV: “It was a tough night for us, a really tough game. We knew it would. We created enough chances to win.

“Once they get to the front, it’s very difficult to go back. We tried to do that and pushed until the very end, but it didn’t happen.”

Howe gave the League One side “a lot of credit” on Wednesday for causing an upset and failing to finish third-placed Newcastle in the Premier League proved costly.

“Bruno scored a goal and we had a lot of chances and players in positions where you would expect them to perform better, just with their quality,” said Howe. “But it was a night where their goalkeeper made a lot of great saves and we lost that clinical advantage that we usually have.

“It hurts because it’s a cup competition and we’re out in the first round – it’s a huge disappointment for us; especially after last year it is doubly painful.

“The intention of the boys, mine and the coaching team was to come here and win. We haven’t experienced a loss in a long time, and sometimes that can be a positive thing on second thought, but right now it’s too harsh to feel that way.”

Newcastle still have a second chance at the cup trophy as they face Leicester City at home in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

“We are determined to try and fix it on Tuesday,” Howe said.

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