Clinical Man City end Newcastle’s last remaining hopes of silverware as horrific record continues

Newcastle United’s long wait for a trophy goes on after they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The FA Cup represented the Toon’s last chance of silverware after crashing out of the Carabao Cup and Champions League; however, it’ll be at least another year without a trophy on Tyneside.

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It was another frustrating evening for Eddie Howe’s menCredit: Getty

The Magpies now haven’t won anything since 1969 and nothing domestically since 1955 when they won the FA Cup.

But despite beating City earlier this season, the Toon couldn’t really lay a glove on them at the Etihad.

Bernardo Silva’s deflected shot opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side before the Portuguese international got his second before half time with another deflected strike.

This time, it hit Sven Botman’s head and diverted past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

Newcastle were backed by 8,000 fans in the away end, but barring one save from Alexander Isak’s close range volley, the Toon rarely troubled Stefan Ortega in the City goal.

The Toon fans sung all game, but the difference in quality proved to be a bridge too far for Newcastle, who didn’t give up.

It’s the final nail in what has been a disappointing season on Tyneside.

Eddie Howe’s men defied all expectations to finish fourth in the Premier League last season.

It has been a season of ifs, buts and maybes this year for the Toon

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It has been a season of ifs, buts and maybes this year for the ToonCredit: Getty

But a combination of injuries to key players, a packed fixture schedule and tough cup draws have led to a very hard campaign.

Couple this with Sandro Tonali being banned for illegal gambling in Italy, and you have the perfect storm, and the Toon have been unable to build on last year.

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A place in the Europa Conference League is still possible, but they will need to find some consistency and hope those around them drop points.

There has been some building pressure on Howe, although reports suggest his job isn’t in any danger.

And talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan believes Howe has earned the right to have another season at St James’ Park.

He said: “I think he merits another opportunity to continue the building. I think Newcastle will finish inside the top 10.

Newcastle weren't good enough to beat City

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Newcastle weren’t good enough to beat CityCredit: Getty

“It is not a success compared to what they had the previous season but it is a degree of stability.

“If they can launch off that and buy better players to continue their progress, then I think he is worthy of another season.”



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