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Newcastle humiliated by Cambridge in FA Cup, holders Leicester through

Premier
League strugglers Newcastle flexed their new financial muscle by signing
England full back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid on Friday and he made
his debut in front of an expectant St James’ Park crowd.

But humble
Cambridge were undaunted as Joe Ironside fired in a second-half goal and keeper
Dimitar Mitov made a series of saves to seal a famous victory and send their
5,000 visiting fans into delirium.

Mitov made
an incredible save in stoppage time to deny Joelinton an equaliser and Eddie
Howe’s side were booed off at the final whistle as Newcastle’s season went from
bad to worse.

“It is
unbelievable what we just did today, but we always knew we had nothing to
lose,” Mitov said.

“We
need to be the best version of ourselves and that is what we did today. We always
had that belief, look at how many supporters have come, we sold out.”

Leicester,
who beat Chelsea in last season’s final to win the competition for the first
time, welcomed back former title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri but showed him
no sympathy in a dominant display interrupted only by a floodlight failure.

Youri
Tielemans put them ahead from the penalty spot and James Maddison made it 2-0.
Joao Pedro replied for Watford but second-half goals by Harvey Barnes and Marc
Albrighton sealed Leicester’s place in the fourth round draw.

Earlier,
Burnley became the first Premier League casualty of the third round when they
lost 2-1 to Huddersfield Town who came from a goal down to win late on at Turf
Moor through Matty Pearson’s 87th-minute header from a corner.

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Crystal
Palace avoided a similar fate, though, as they secured a 2-1 comeback victory
at London rivals Millwall with goals from Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe
Mateta.

Premier
League side Brentford enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 victory away to Port Vale
thanks to a Bryan Mbeumo hat-trick while Brighton & Hove Albion beat
Championship promotion chasers West Bromwich Albion 2-1 after extra time at the
Hawthorns.

Minor league
Kidderminster Harriers, the lowest-ranked team to survive until the third
round, pulled off a shock when the sixth-tier club beat Championship side
Reading 2-1.

Boreham Wood
made sure two non-league sides will be in the fourth round when they beat AFC
Wimbledon 2-0.

Despite
Newcastle having won only once in their opening 19 Premier League games there
has been a mood of optimism sweeping the club since Saudi Arabia’s Public
Investment Fund took over and the capture of Trippier was heralded as a sign of
intent by the under-achieving north east club.

But that
optimism was swept away by Cambridge who are 16th in League One having not
scored in their last three games.

They rode
their luck at times and had Mitov to thank for several saves, one an amazing
fingertip effort to deny Jacob Murphy, while Newcastle’s Fabian Schar had a
goal ruled out for offside.

But
Cambridge were always a threat and took the lead when Ironside fired in after
Newcastle had failed to clear — the goal allowed after a VAR check for
offside.

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