League One Cambridge United caused a huge shock in the FA Cup third round on Saturday as they claimed a 1-0 victory over Premier League strugglers Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Joe Ironside scored the only goal of the contest 11 minutes into the second half to seal a famous victory for Mark Bonner’s side against a strong Newcastle XI that included new signing Kieran Trippier.

It was another disappointing afternoon for the Magpies (11/10 to be relegated), but manager Eddie Howe (pictured), who has only won once in nine matches since taking charge in November, was keen to take the positives from their latest performance.

“It’s a really difficult one to assess because I thought we played OK,” Howe told BBC Radio Newcastle “And that may get me a few funny looks…but we created a number of opportunities, the attitude, feeling and body language was good.”

Howe also confirmed he was hopeful of adding to his squad further in the coming days after England international Trippier’s arrival from Atletico Madrid, with a new striker perhaps top of his wish-list following the news Callum Wilson is set to be sidelined for a further eight weeks with a calf issue.

Cambridge will now be in the hat for Sunday’s fourth-round draw, but they were not the only giant-killers on Saturday, with the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, Kidderminster Harriers, stunning Championship Reading 2-1 at Aggborough.

The National League North outfit, who sit 79 places below Reading in the pyramid, came from behind to achieve the victory thanks to goals from Sam Austin and Amari Morgan-Smith.

Kidderminster were not the only non-league side to knock out EFL opposition, as National League high flyers Boreham Wood got the better of League One AFC Wimbledon, triumphing 2-0.

Higher up the pyramid, and Burnley (4/6 to be relegated) were another of the Premier League strugglers to be dumped out of the cup on home soil, Sean Dyche’s side throwing away a lead to lose 2-1 to Championship playoff hopefuls Huddersfield Town.

Meanwhile, League Two Hartlepool United also came from behind to dispose of Championship Blackpool, with second-half goals from David Ferguson and Joe Grey sealing a 2-1 victory for Graeme Lee’s team.

The third-round action continues on Sunday, with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all looking to avoid being on the receiving end of giant-killings against lower league opposition.

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