Newcastle 0-1 Cambridge: Player rating

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Newcastle have been dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round for a second season in a row, after losing 1-0 to League One team Cambridge at St James’ Park.

Joe Ironside made headlines with the winning goal just in the hour, but it was a huge effort from Cambridge as a whole, while Newcastle simply were not good enough to win.

Due to the host’s troublesome Premier League form, Cambridge would have been hopeful when he had a chance to start a famous cup giant. The guests were never out of the game and even made the first shot of the afternoon through George Williams.

As the first half progressed, Newcastle largely controlled things. Allan Saint-Maximin looked dangerous in black and white, while Jacob Murphy and Joelinton also had chances to take the lead.

Fabian Schar had the ball in the net at the end of the first half, even though the Swiss defender knew he was good offside before the flag even went up. Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov also saved very well from Murphy just moments later.

An even better save on the verge of half-time tipped a stinging Murphy effort into the crossbar. When the Newcastle forward eventually hit Mitov early in the second half, the flag went up – it was much tighter than Shar’s previous effort and the game had to continue at first.

Although they dominated the game, Newcastle had to pay for not taking their many chances when Ironside gave Cambridge a shock lead.

Magpie’s defenders were slow to react and the striker was the fastest to throw himself on the loose ball in the penalty area – his effort had to stand up after a long VAR offside check.

Newcastle became increasingly desperate as the game continued, which combined with Cambridge’s determination saw a decline in the quality of chances they could create. Saint-Maximin huffed and puffed, while Miguel Almiron offered something else from the bench, but it was to no avail and Mitov’s heroism in the first half did not need to be repeated, except for one last stop from Joelinton.

Cambridge substitute Jack Lankester also had the ball in the net before the end, but it was the third goal of the day that was chalked off after he got lost in offside position.

Kieran Trippier made his Newcastle debut / PAUL ELLIS / GettyImages

Martin Dubravka (GK) – 4/10 – Did not have much to do but was bad in the crucial moment when the goal went in.

Kieran Trippier (RB) – 4/10 – Debut to forget in his first appearance for an English club since the Champions League final 2019.

Emil Krafth (CB) – 4/10 – Slow to react to the loose ball in the melee that gave Cambridge its breakthrough goal.

Fabian Schar (CB) – 4/10 – Did in the first half but was miles outside. As guilty as Krafth when the goal went in.

Matt Ritchie (LB) – 4/10 – Mainly for the task of trying to move forward and create attacking congestion. Not enough quality in those situations.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe had no answers / PAUL ELLIS / GettyImages

Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – 4/10 – Could undoubtedly have done a better job of cutting out the ball for the move that put Cambridge in the lead. Saw a lot of the ball but had always expected it.

Sean Longstaff (CM) – 5/10 – Sacrificed as soon as the guests went before.

Joelinton (CM) – 6/10 – The more advanced of the three Newcastle midfielders. Often broke out in support of the attack.

Jacob Murphy could have had a hat trick another day / PAUL ELLIS / GettyImages

Ryan Fraser (RW) – 4/10 – Switched to the left wing in the middle of the second half but his impact on both sides was minimal. Lack of quality.

Allan Saint-Maximin (ST) – 6/10 – It looked like the Newcastle player was most likely to get something to happen. Finally found all his paths blocked.

Jacob Murphy (LW) – 6/10 – Was denied several times by Mitov and was also flagged for offside when he finally had the ball in the net.

Miguel Almiron asked questions from the bench / PAUL ELLIS / GettyImages

Joe Willock (CM) – 5/10 – Lacked enough quality or drive in key areas.

Miguel Almiron (RW) – 6/10 – Provided a light spark from the bench and always seemed anxious to get on the ball.

Javier Manquillo (LB) – 5/10 – As for similar replacements on the left back.

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