Newcastle boss Eddie Howe admits he doesn’t have the strength needed after an FA Cup crash at Sheffield Wednesday.
Howe made eight changes to the side that drew with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Tuesday and saw them dumped out of the competition for the second season in a row by a League One side in one of the shocks of the third round.
Josh Windass’ double in the second half set up one of their best results in recent years on Wednesday, with the Magpies unable to force a replay after Bruno Guimaraes got them back in.
Howe had turned to Guimaraes, Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock and Kieran Trippier to try and salvage the tie, but they came up short.
“We are aware that we don’t have the deepest squad of any team in the Premier League, we are low on numbers but we feel high on quality,” said Howe.
“Injuries determine how stretched you feel. We gave a chance to a lot of players who haven’t played many minutes this season, I thought there were positives and negatives in their performance.
“You pick your team and look ahead to future matches. We have a very quick turnaround, late kick-off today and then Leicester on Tuesday (in the Carabao Cup). I felt I saw some fatigue in the boys at Arsenal, it was a great performance, I thought it would be unwise of me to pick the same team for this game and also for Leicester.”
Things could have been different if Newcastle hadn’t come up against Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson in the form of his life as he denied Alexander Isak twice in the first half and then made brilliant stops from Elliot Anderson and Jacob Murphy to put Newcastle at bay. to keep.
In the last 10 minutes Dawson wasn’t even forced to make a save as Chris Wood skied a sitter to make it 2-2 and Howe knew the missed opportunities were costly.
“It was a disappointing result for us, I thought we gave everything to the end, we created chances to score and we didn’t finish them,” added Howe.
“Their goalkeeper played very well, it was always going to be a difficult game to get here, we had to put our noses forward and we didn’t and that made it very difficult.
“We were desperate to win the game and I picked a team that I thought was strong enough to do that at the start of the game and the moments and opportunities were there for us in the first half to take the lead , we just weren’t clinical in front of goal and we stayed that way throughout the second half.”
For Wednesday, this result continues their feel-good factor as they look to complement their League One promotion with a cup run.
And boss Darren Moore says it demonstrates the magic of the FA Cup.
“Yes, it shows that the FA Cup is still alive,” he said. “We talked before the game about what it will bring, two clubs together in the pyramid, it was an excellent cup game and I am very happy that the game lived up to what it was on paper.
“Sheffield Wednesday against Newcastle, both teams are doing well in their respective competitions.
“What I liked most was that we had a game plan that we had been working on this week, it was to get them high up on the pitch, not sit back and let them take us away. It was a brave decision on our part and it worked.
“Josh Windass will make headlines, they were two exceptional goals. But overall I thought it was a solid performance.”