By Noel Whelan

10th Jan, 2022 | 9:30pm

Howe 'embarrassed' as Newcastle handed fresh 'kick in the teeth' - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted the “terrible” FA Cup third-round loss against Cambridge is a “real embarrassment” for Newcastle and Eddie Howe.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested “morale and confidence” at the Tyneside club will have hit rock bottom following the upset.

Joe Ironside’s 56th-minute strike was enough for League One Cambridge United to seal an unlikely 1-0 cup victory against Newcastle on Saturday (8 January).

Speaking post-match and quoted by BBC Sport, Howe insisted the players are “very disappointed” and bemoaned his side’s lack of “killer instinct”.

Whelan insisted the result and performance was a “kick in the teeth” to each of the 51,000 fans who watched the game.

“It’s a real embarrassment for them, it was a massive opportunity to get a win,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“You could see the side that they put out; it was pretty much full strength.

“Eddie Howe will know just how important winning games is towards putting together that momentum which they could then take into the league.

“He will have expected to win, but that’s the beauty of the FA Cup – you never know with these lower-league sides.

“Again, it’s such a terrible result. Morale and confidence must be lower than a snake’s belly right now.

“For the fans to turn out as they did and get St James’ Park rocking – it’s just a massive kick in the teeth for them.

“It just adds to their woes”

Newcastle lie 19th in the Premier League ahead of a relegation six-pointer against Watford on Saturday.

The result means the Magpies have still won just one game all season – a 1-0 triumph against Burnley last month.

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