Newcastle knocked out of FA Cup by Sheffield Wednesday

Josh Windass scores twice to grab the glory

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Premier League high-flyers Newcastle United were shocked by third-tier Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday as they suffered a 2-1 away defeat to crash out of the FA Cup in the third round.

Newcastle, who sit third in the top flight, fell two goals behind as the League One side’s Josh Windass netted twice in the second half.

Windass opened the scoring as he finished off an intricate move in the 52nd minute before doubling his side's advantage shortly after when he coolly slotted past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after running through a gap in the heart of the defence.

“It's one of the proudest moments in my managerial career to date,” Wednesday manager Darren Moore said.

“I'm really pleased for everybody at the club and I'm delighted for the players. We were up against a really good team and put in an excellent performance.”

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle were the dominant side with 76 per cent possession and 22 shots compared with the hosts’ nine, yet they failed to capitalise.

Bruno Guimaraes pulled one back for Newcastle in the 69th minute as he tapped in from close range after goalkeeper Cameron Dawson did well to stop Chris Wood’s initial effort from a corner, but it was little more than a consolation.

Dawson was called into action throughout the game to keep the dream alive for Wednesday and his manager highlighted the importance of his performance.

Moore added: “We didn't allow them to settle into their rhythm and that gave us some hope in the game. I thought every one of them did well.

“Josh Windass will get the headlines but Cameron Dawson pulled off a couple of great saves. You know you're going to get tested against teams like this, so your keeper has to concentrate and be in the right place when needed and he was.”

Howe, meanwhile, said he thought his team should have made the most of the chances they created.

“[We are] bitterly disappointed to go out, I thought the performance was OK,” he said.

“We created enough chances to win the tie and their goalkeeper made a number of great saves but we weren’t clinical enough when those presentable opportunities were there.

“We have to accept the defeat and Sheffield Wednesday battled for everything, as we did, but it wasn’t to be.”

Updated: January 08, 2023, 9:50 AM