Newcastle’s owners give dressing room talk after cup embarrassment vs Cambridge

Newcastle United's Saudi Arabian owners entered the dressing room to speak to the players after their embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Cambridge United.

Eddie Howe's side were beaten 1-0 by the League One side, with Joe Ironside's 56th minute goal proving the difference between the sides on Saturday afternoon.

New signing Kieran Trippier made his debut for Newcastle as Cambridge keeper Dimitar Mitov produced a string of fine saves in a man of the match performance between the sticks.

Newcastle's players have already come in for criticism following the defeat, with club legend Alan Shearer labelling their performance "pathetic" after the match.

After the defeat, chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan, whose Public Investment Fund own an 80% stake in the club, visited the dressing room.

He was flanked by bodyguards and was also accompanied by minority stakeholders Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

Eddie Howe confirmed their visit as he spoke to the media after the match, explaining: “They did pop in to see the players. I personally wasn't in there for that, then they saw me with my coaching team after.

"I believe they were very supportive to the players, highlighting the fact we're very much in this fight to stay in the league together, and they're very much behind everybody. I can't thank them enough for that support.

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"I think it was really beneficial for the players to be able to see that and hear that because this journey we're going on currently and this fight we're in to stay in this division is a united effort from everybody at the club.

"The supporters are playing their part, no doubt, they've been magnificent, and the owners wanted to show their support for the players, which is really welcome for me."

Following Saturday's defeat, Newcastle remain with just one win in all competitions this season and will now turn their attention back to their Premier League survival bid.

They are currently two points from safety and host Watford at St. James' Park in a relegation six-pointer next Saturday.

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