It was certainly a day to forget for Newcastle United, who fell to a humiliating defeat in the FA Cup third round this afternoon.
Joe Ironside’s strike was the only goal of the game as League One outfit Cambridge United stunned the Magpies at St James’ Park.
Sean Longstaff was arguable one of the worst Newcastle performers on a day when no player in Eddie Howe’s side painted himself in any real glory.
Dominic Scurr of the Shields Gazette gave the midfielder a meagre three in his match ratings, writing: “Was sloppy in possession and didn’t offer enough going forward when Newcastle were on the front foot. Missed a good chance in the first half.”
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His verdict aligned with plenty of Newcastle fans on Twitter, while Longstaff’s 60th-minute withdrawal suggested that Howe wasn’t overly impressed with what he saw from the 24-year-old either.
What these Newcastle fans said
“Sean Longstaff worst player ever on that pitch today mind.” @CGarnett96
“Longstaff stealing a living.” @KieranDewhurtst
“Please give Longstaff away for free.” @Ali_94shah
“Longstaff a Geordie lad and can’t get up for a cup game against a League 1 team? He’s had enough chances, pay for his taxi to Rafa.” @JeffMak1975
“Totally on the players this imo. Longstaff was a complete disgrace today. Did not want to be there.” @Axcrazy1
“I don’t care if Sean Longstaff goes to Everton or back to North Shields but he should never wear the shirt again. Donkey.” @kierondunn13
“Longstaff had his chance to shine against League 1 team and blew it, get rid!” @_geordiecarl
Their frustrations with Longstaff are clear with comments such as “disgrace” and “stealing a living”, but he can’t be the only one to blame for today’s shambles. Newcastle are still a Premier League team taking on League One strugglers, while Eddie Howe picked a strong 11, including a full Magpies debut for Kieran Trippier.
Newcastle will need to strengthen in the January transfer window, with today’s humiliation maybe the kick up the backside that the owners need to just go out and get their targets – no messing.
In other news, this transfer update had some NUFC fans in meltdown