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Newcastle suffer shock loss, Wrexham follow Hollywood script, Kane close to all-time record


Even having the football club’s wealthiest owners cannot improve Newcastle’s dismal FA Cup record.

Newcastle were humiliated by a lower league opponent in the third round of the famous old competition for the second consecutive year under their Saudi owners, losing at Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Saturday.

At the same stage last year, they were beaten at home by another third-tier club, Cambridge United.

Two other Premier League sides – Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth – were also knocked out by lower league opposition, in Blackpool and Burnley respectively, but neither came as a major shock given they fielded weakened line-ups with the high-level survival as a priority.

Newcastle’s exit was a big surprise, with Josh Windass scoring in the 52nd and 65th minutes on Wednesday before Bruno Guimaraes pulled one back in the 69th.

“It’s one of the proudest moments of my managerial career,” manager Darren Moore told the BBC on Wednesday. “I’m really happy for everyone at the club and I’m delighted for the players. We were up against a very good team and put in a great performance.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Mark McGuinness celebrates as the Newcastle players look dejected. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Newcastle have only passed the fourth round of the FA Cup once since 2006. There will be at least one non-league side in the fourth round – Wrexham, the fifth tier side with owners Hollywood.

The Welsh club, owned since 2020 by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, won at Coventry 4-3.

“I am completely and utterly speechless,” Reynolds tweeted to his 21 million followers. “What a club. What a city. What a victory.

Burnley’s 4-2 win at Bournemouth came as no huge surprise, given the Clarets are top of the second-tier Championship and just five places down the pyramid.

In the other surprise of the day, Forest were beaten at Blackpool 4-1.

Alexis Mac Allister and Harry Kane returned to English football after the World Cup in very different states of mind – one as champions, the other distraught after a costly missed penalty.

They both returned to action seamlessly.

Mac Allister, who starred in Argentina’s title race in Qatar, came on for Brighton at half-time after his long break at home and scored twice in the team’s 5-1 win over second-placed Middlesbrough division.

Kane, the England striker who missed a late penalty in the World Cup quarter-final loss to France, has been back for a while and settled into a solid scoring run for Tottenham.

His fourth goal in four games came in Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Third Division Portsmouth.

Kane says he’s trying not to think about becoming Tottenham’s top scorer after hitting one of Jimmy Greaves’ goals.

Kane’s 50th-minute curling effort in Saturday’s third round tie took him to 265 goals for Spurs and within touching distance of Greaves’ feat, which has lasted since 1970.

It helped Antonio Conte’s side overtake a stubborn Pompey side, who sacked manager Danny Cowley on Monday after a poor run in third-tier Ligue 1.

“I try not to think about it,” Kane told BBC Sport of Greaves’ record.

“Sometimes you can overthink it. Obviously, I feel fit and I feel fit. My state of mind is to help the team and I hope the goals will come.

“It was a tough game. We were clear favorites and people were probably expecting a bigger scoreline, but thanks to them they stayed compact and made it difficult.

“We thought after the first one he might open up, but they stopped us from getting the second one. It’s good to pass – that was the goal – and we’ll see who we get next.

Kane’s strike was his 17th goal of the campaign and has made it four in four games since returning from the World Cup where his missed penalty saw England exit the competition in the quarter-finals after a 2-1 loss to France.

Tottenham assistant Cristian Stellini, who replaced boss Antonio Conte again following the death on Friday of his former Juventus team-mate Gianluca Vialli, said: “Harry is incredible. When you see Harry play, you feel and appreciate football.

“It’s football. If you take a penalty you can miss but you have to go through the next game. He has the mentality. To be an amazing player you have to be like Harry.

Also in the third round, Southampton ousted fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace 2-1, while Kelechi Iheanacho scored for 2021 champions Leicester in their 1-0 win at fourth-tier Gillingham.

Fulham won at second-tier Hull 2-0, while Said Benrahma scored the game’s only goal as West Ham triumphed 1-0 at former club Brentford.

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