Eddie Howe says he is “devastated” for Newcastle fans after their shock 1-0 defeat to Cambridge in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Howe got more bad news for Newcastle fans after the game when he revealed top scorer Callum Wilson would be out for eight weeks following a review of his calf injury.
The loss to Cambridge means Howe has won only once since replacing Steve Bruce as manager in November.
More than 50,000 supporters were in St James’ Park to watch Newcastle’s defeat, and asked about the support his team received, Howe said: “We are devastated for them.
âGreat atmosphere, incredible feelings throughout the game, even when we got behind, really keen for the team to find an equalizer.
âIt didn’t totally surprise me – since I’ve been here that’s how the supporters are.
“Devastated for them, I feel their pain and it motivates me to try and reward their faith and support by winning matches very soon.”
Cambridge’s victory extended Newcastle’s dismal FA Cup record – they have only reached the quarter-finals of the competition once since 2005, when it was the 15th time in 16 seasons they have come out in the third or fourth round.
The occasion was meant to be a celebration, with Kieran Trippier making his debut after singing for Atletico Madrid, but Joe Ironside’s second-half goal made the afternoon miserable for Newcastle fans.
The Magpies managed 23 shots in the game but failed to get past impressive Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov, with Howe admitting his side missed Wilson.
Newcastle will have to continue doing without the striker until March due to his calf injury, Howe saying: “He had a scan yesterday as there was slight doubt about his initial scan and we had to let him heal a little further .
“I think he’s going to be out for eight weeks.”
Howe also revealed that the Newcastle owners entered the dressing room to address the players after the game, adding that the move was supportive and appreciated by the team.
âYeah, they came to see the players,â Howe said. âPersonally, I wasn’t there for that – they saw me with my coaching staff afterwards.
âI think they have been very supportive of the players, pointing out that we are fighting to stay together in the league and that they are way behind everyone else.
âI can’t thank them enough for that support and I think it was really beneficial for the players to see that and feel that because this journey that we are currently on and this fight that we are in to stay in the division is a common effort of all.
“The supporters are playing their part – they have been wonderful. The owners wanted to show their support for the players and it was really welcome.”
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