Yesterday saw Newcastle United crash out of the FA Cup after an embarrassing defeat to Cambridge United.
There is to be no confidence-building cup run this year, with the Magpies losing to their League One opposition 1-0.
Eddie Howe went strong with his team selection, and there was a 50,000-strong crowd willing the team on at St. James’ Park.
But none of that was enough, as Newcastle wasted a plethora of chances.
In the end, Joe Ironside scored what turned out to be the winning goal for the visitors around the 60-minute mark.
It is a truly alarming result for Newcastle, who have still only won one game all season. Laughably, Cambridge have now beaten as many Premier League sides as Newcastle in 2021/22.
The result reinforces how desperately Howe needs several quality signings.
His first, Kieran Trippier, made his debut yesterday.
He had a solid game, and looked as though he’d been playing for the team for years.
It was undoubtedly not the afternoon he’d have envisaged.
On Trippier, journalist Ciaran Kelly noted that the England international tried to get his new teammates to acknowledge supporters after the full-time whistle, but his request fell on deaf ears.
Kelly said: “Only a few #nufc players who actually played and the subs stayed out with Eddie Howe and staff to salute the fans. Kieran Trippier tried to call one or two back who were heading down the tunnel but they didn’t listen. Awful.”
Kieran Trippier leading by example on an embarrassing day for Newcastle against Cambridge
Newcastle need to quickly move on from this awful result.
At least Trippier is already showing why he will be a great signing for the club.
Not only was he one of the better performers, his exploits at the end of the game show he is a leader.
It was very poor that some players went straight to the dressing room and didn’t acknowledge the fans.
Ahead of him signing for the club, a lot had been written about Trippier and how down-to-earth he is, and how he ‘gets it’.
Little gestures won’t go unnoticed at Newcastle. Hopefully the other players will soon follow his example.