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Season 2022-23
Sheffield Wednesday (a) FA Cup Third Round

 

 
Date:
Saturday 7th January 2023, 6.00pm
Live on BBC1

Venue:
 Hillsborough

Conditions: Inadequate

Admission: £20 (upper and lower tiers)

Programme: £3.00
 



 

Sheffield Wednesday

Newcastle

 

2 - 1

 

 

Teams

Goals

Half time: Owls 0 Magpies 0

52 mins: George Byers turn and change direction in the centre circle, leaving Sean Longstaff and Elliot Anderson trailing in his wake. Byers played in Liam Palmer on the right hand corner of the area and his first-time pass infield took Jamal Lewis out of the equation.

Heading towards the byline with Sven Botman in attendance, Dennis Adeniran instead squared it for Josh Windass to hit home from close range
at the Leppings Lane End, the scorer shadowed by Jamaal Lascelles for no great purpose.

Half-hearted appeals for offside from visiting players proved to be correct but the linesman somehow missed it which meant that the goal stood with no VAR in operation here (although other Third Round ties were VAR'ed). 0-1

65 mins: A scrappy interlude in the centre of the field saw Joelinton win a header that fell to Bruno a short distance away. He tried to nod it back into the path of Joelinton, but the ball bounced off his leg and diverted it to Michael Smith.

The Toon-supporting native of Wallsend played a slide rule pass that bisected defensive duo Lascelles and Botman as Windass advanced, confidently firing his shot beyond the advancing Dubravka from just inside the box.
0-2

69 mins: Kieran Trippier's corner from the Newcastle left was flicked on by Chris Wood and when Dawson pushed the ball out, Bruno Guimaraes allowed it to bounce off his left calf before flicking it over the line with his other foot from barely three yards out. The Brazilian was standing in an offside position but the linesman failed to spot that.

The scorer sprinted back to the halfway line for the restart, bellowing in the direction of the away support in an attempt to rouse them 1-2

Full time: Owls 2 Magpies 1

We Said

Eddie Howe:

"Bitterly disappointed to go out, I thought the performance was OK.

"We created enough chances to win the tie and their goalkeeper made a number of great saves but we werenít 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 wasnít to be. We have a very small squad and have to protect that squad for games ahead.

"We felt we were strong enough to win the game today and I stick by that based on the first-half performance where we had chances to score, we just werenít clinical in front of goal.

"The Leicester game
(League Cup on Tuesday) was on the horizon for us and we picked a team based with this that game in mind and another Premier League game at the weekend (Fulham at home on Sunday).

"If that game wasnít there the team selection would have possibly been different today.

"We are trying to juggle everything and make sure we were strong enough to win and I thought we were but obviously that didnít materialise.

"I think you always
(want to give) people opportunities to play and stake their own claims to play more regularly, but youíve got to get the balance right between making changes and trying to win the game.

"I think you pick it looking ahead at future games of course. We have a very quick turnaround, a late kick-off today, and I felt I saw some fatigue in the Arsenal performance.

"The lads gave everything and I felt it would have been unwise of me to pick the same team for this game and for Leicester as well. I am not sure the lads were physically able to give it their best if I did that. Hence the changes.

"Weíre aware that we donít have the deepest squad in the Premier League. We are light on numbers but we feel high on quality. Injuries will dictate how stretched you feel. We had an opportunity to play a lot of players that havenít played a lot of minutes this season.

"I thought there were some positives and negatives within their performances. But I think itís probably better that I analyse that in the cold light of day.Ē

On the returning Aleksander Isak:

"I think he came through well, I thought he played very well. I was really pleased with him, he had a few chances to score, he looked lively and his movement was good.

"It was a good 45 minutes and that was always the plan with Alex to play 45, we didnít want to risk him for more than that today.Ē

On the absent Allan Saint-Maximin - whose social media postings two days earlier had been interpreted by some as an "au revoir" to Tyneside:

"Maxi felt under the weather after training yesterday, so heís missing.

"It was a huge disappointment that he missed out. We hope to get Maxi back to full fitness because heís a game changer, a match-winner. With him in the team tonight, the result is potentially different.Ē

(ASM posted again on Saturday, with a photo of our FA Cup tie and the caption "I will be back very soon").

On the absent Callum Wilson:

"Callumís come off a long illness,
(with) the game against Arsenal and this in quick succession we decided to rest him today."

They Said


"Big Dave" aka Darren Moore
said:

"It's one of the proudest moments in my managerial career.

"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.

"We knew we had to perform on and off the ball, and the way we went about it was spot on. We believe we can score goals, we got them, and then were resolute to the onslaught at the end.

"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 will get the headlines but Cameron 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.

"
It shows the FA Cup is still alive. We spoke before the game about what it brings, two clubs together in the pyramid, it was an excellent cup tie and I am really pleased the game lived up to what it was on paper.

"Sheffield Wednesday against Newcastle, both teams on a good run in their respective leagues.

"What pleased me most was that we had a game plan that we had been working on in the week, it was to engage them high up the pitch, not sit back and allow them to pick us off. It was a brave decision by us and it worked.

"Josh Windass will get the headlines, it was two exceptional goals. But I thought overall it was a solid performance."

(Moore was assisted by current NUFC coach Graeme Jones during his time in charge of West Bromwich Albion back in 2018). 

Stats


Since a 1-0 home win in the Championship in August 2009, Newcastle have failed to beat Wednesday in any of the subsequent five competitive games.

Jan 2023
lost 1-2 (a) FA Cup
Apr 2016 lost 1-2 (a) Championship
Dec 2016 lost 0-1 (h) Championship
Sep 2015 lost 0-1 (h) League Cup
Dec 2009 drew 2-2 (a) Championship

The Magpies have now lost four meetings in a row - our worst run of form against the Owls in all competitions since 1930:

Mags @ Owls - last ten:

2022/23 lost 1-2 Guimaraes
2016/17 lost 1-2 Shelvey
2014/15 won 1-0 Perez FR
2009/10
drew 2-2 Nolan, Ameobi
2003/04 lost 3-4 Dyer, Ameobi, LuaLua FR
1999/00 won 2-0 Shearer, Gallacher
1998/99 drew 1-1 Shearer
1997/98 lost 1-2 Tomasson
1996/97 drew 1-1 Elliott
1995/96 won 2-0 Ginola, Beardsley

Owls v Magpies - FA Cup:

2022/23 lost 1-2 (a)
1980/81 won 1-0 (h)
1965/66
lost 1-2 (h)
1955/56 won 3-1 (a)
1935/36 won 3-1 R (h)
1935/36 drew 1-1 (a)
1904/05 won 1-0 (n)

Our most recent FA Cup success on this ground remains the 2-0 semi-final triumph over Burnley in 1974, watched by 55,000. Today's tie took place on Supermac's birthday - which proved not to be an omen.....

Martin Dubravka made a first competitive appearance for Newcastle since the 2-1 Premier League success at Burnley in May 2022.  Having played for Manchester United while on loan earlier this season (albeit it only in two League Cup ties) his participation today removes any possibility that he will make a permanent or temporary exit from SJP this month, given that he cannot play for three clubs in one season.

Defeat here ended Newcastle's 15 match unbeaten run, a second loss in all competitions this season meaning they have lost twice in 22 games. Both of those defeats came when Fabian Schar wasn't playing.

Josh Windass became the first player to register a goal against Newcastle in league or cup competitions since Romain Perraud of Southampton back in November 2022 - a shutout total of 594 minutes.

Sven Botman has finished on the losing side as a Magpie for the first time after a run of 19 games unbeaten, while Aleksander Isak is yet to collect a win bonus after four unsuccessful competitive outings for the club.

Newcastle still haven't conceded a goal in the first half of any game since August, a run of 17 league and cup fixtures since Ruben Neves of Wolves beat Nick Pope in the 38th minute at Molineux back in August.


NUFC last 10 FAC3 ties:

2022/23 Sheffield Wednesday (a) lost 1-2
2021/22 Cambridge United (h) lost 0-1
2020/21
Arsenal (a) lost 0-2aet
2019/20 Rochdale (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2018/19 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2017/18 Luton Town (h) won 3-1
2016/17 Birmingham City (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2

Today was the 25th time that Newcastle have been eliminated from the FA Cup by a lower league team since the competition resumed after WWII:

1948/49 Bradford Park Avenue (h) 0-2 (D2 beat D1)
1956/57 Millwall (a) 1-2 (D3S beat D1)
1957/58 Scunthorpe United (h) 1-3 (D3N beat D1)
1960/61 Sheffield United (h) 1-3 (D2 beat D1)
1961/62 Peterborough United (h) 0-1 (D3 beat D2)
1963/64 Bedford Town (h) 1-2 (NL beat D2)
1967/68 Carlisle United (h) 0-1 (D2 beat D1)
1971/72 Hereford United (a) 1-2 (NL beat D1)
1972/73 Luton Town (h) 0-2 (D2 beat D1)
1974/75 Walsall 0-1 (a) (D3 beat D1)
1977/78 Wrexham 1-4 (a) (D3 beat D1)
1979/80 Chester City (h) 0-2 (D3 beat D2)
1980/81 Exeter City (a) 0-4 (D3 beat D2)
1985/86 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 0-2 (D2 beat D1)
1988/89 Watford (a) 0-1 (D2 beat D1)
1991/92 Bournemouth (h) 2-2, 3-4pens (D3 beat D2)
1993/94 Luton Town 0-2 (a) (D1 beat PL)
2002/03 Wolves 2-3 (a) (D1 beat PL)
2006/07 Birmingham City (h) 1-5 (CH beat PL)
2010/11 Stevenage (a) 1-3 (L2 beat PL)
2011/12 Brighton (a) 0-1 (CH beat PL)
2012/13 Brighton (a) 0-2 (CH beat PL)
2016/17 Oxford United (a) 0-3 (L1 beat CH)
2021/22 Cambridge United (h) 0-1 (L1 beat PL)
2022/23
Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-2 (L1 beat PL)

 

Waffle

Tin foil FA Cups were swiftly to dusty shelves on Saturday night, as Newcastle were eliminated from that competition at the first hurdle by League One opposition for the second successive season.

A live BBC TV audience saw Eddie Howe make eight changes to the starting line-up that drew at Arsenal the previous Tuesday; only Joelinton, Sven Botman and Sean Longstaff retained from the Emirates effort.

What followed was unsurprisingly patchy, as a side with a makeshift feel and no discernible pattern of playing struggled to unpick a confident Owls side who were unbeaten in their previous 17 outings.

There was a recall for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka fresh from his fruitless loan spell at Manchester United, while striker Alexander Isak made a welcome return after missing the last 13 league and cup games due to injury.

The Swede saw one early header flick off Cameron Dawson and was denied again later by the goalkeeper, before going off as planned after his first 45 minutes since September. 

The opening goal came seven minutes into the second half; Josh Windass continuing his recent scoring streak with a close-range finish that should have been ruled out for offside but wasn't - no flag coming and no VAR system in place for this tie.

Attempting an instant response, Anderson saw his close-range shot ping off Dawson's boot. A delay while the apparently lame Ritchie limped off was then followed by the arrival of Miggy Almiron, Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes from the bench - Ritchie inexplicably staying on.

Wednesday's second goal soon after saw Kieran Trippier introduced - on the first anniversary of his arrival from Atletico Madrid. He had an instant effect, taking a corner that ended up in the net via Bruno, also offside but also not penalised.

Game on - or so it seemed -
but United's late pressure failed to force an equaliser; Wood guilty of the biggest howler when ballooning his shot over the crossbar after fine approach work from Joelinton.

At the other end, Windass came close to an improbable second treble in as many games when his 74th minute free kick cannoned back off the crossbar.

Six minutes of added time brought no second away goal that would have added a replay to our commitments. Given our current squad shortcomings though, that may not be a bad thing.

Those players rotated in tonight gave a persuasive account of the shallowness beyond the first XI - due perhaps in part to our rapid transition from Premier League strugglers to front runners.

It's evident that the likes of Matt Ritchie and Jamal Lewis have little or nothing to offer other than a reminder of what we were. The squad upgrades mean that there's now clear daylight between the two groups of players.

Time sadly also seems to be catching up with Jamaal Lascelles, while Jacob Murphy and Wood remain profligate when the ball is actually moving.

A lack of game time is part of the issue but how does one get that, when reserve team football is slanted firmly towards the development of Academy graduates? Only Javier Manquillo looks to be able to slot straight in from a standing start: the Spaniard our main provider in the first half.

Elliot Anderson's display gave no indication of any progression and he would surely benefit more from the regular game time that a loan move for the rest of season would provide. The arrival of 18 year-old Garang Kuol puts him in danger of losing the tag of "next big thing" round here (although if that silences those inane "Geordie Maradona" chants that would be a positive).

Ryan Fraser meanwhile occupied a bench role but again played no part - his last pitch time back in October. An early exit looms, if anyone will stump up the cash for him.

As one avenue to Wembley closes, attention quickly switches to a slightly more realistic one with victory over Leicester City in the League Cup next week would set up a two legged Semi-Final.

If nothing else, Newcastle are now aided by not playing an FA Cup Fourth Round tie between those two League Cup tests. West Ham's progress in the FA Cup removed any faint chance that our outstanding PL game against them could have been wedged in that weekend.

A first semi-final in that competition since 1976 though presumes that we can end our three game winless streak when the Foxes visit Tyneside this coming Tuesday.

At least we should start with a stronger side as a result of this misadventure, but the fact that the big hitters ended up on a salvage mission here does pose the question why we couldn't kick off at full strength instead. It's not as if penalty kicks were going to be a factor in this game.

Having declared his desire to compete for them and filled the training ground with reminders of our long trophyless run, a second cup disappointment in as many games for Howe would be damaging, despite the progress made so far this season.

PS: Our post-match headline of "Howe's Owls howler" wasn't universally received in the spirit it was written, some readers quick to accuse us of harbouring heretical thoughts about wor Eddie.

Not being on anyone's payroll, we do reserve the right to express our disappointment periodically, but that has rightly been far exceeded by positive comments here about him and his team in the last 15 months.

Tonight was an untimely throwback to a previous era of frustration and inadequacy for the black and whites. For those of us of a certain generation they are familiar colours to wear, but anyone like Howe who actively tries to alter that narrative can count on our full support.

Niall/Biffa


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