Newcastle flops 'ignore Trippier's calls to applaud fans and head straight down tunnel' after shock loss to Cambridge
NEWCASTLE flops ignored Kieran Trippier's plea to applaud the home fans and stormed off down the tunnel instead following the shock defeat against Cambridge United.
On Saturday, a full-strength Toon XI looked to enjoy a much-needed breather from their Premier League struggles with an FA Cup tie against League One opposition.
But Eddie Howe's men were stunned by Joe Ironside's winner ten minutes into the second-half as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at St James' Park.
Playing in his first match following his move from Atletico Madrid, Trippier held his head high and wandered towards a section of Newcastle fans.
As he did, a number of his team-mates stormed off down the tunnel, according to Newcastle Chronicle reporter Ciaran Kelly.
Trippier is claimed to have tried to drag them back to no avail.
Kelly tweeted: "Only a few Newcastle players who actually played and the subs stayed out with Eddie Howe and staff to salute the fans.
"Kieran Trippier tried to call one or two back who were heading down the tunnel but they didn't listen. Awful."
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England full-back Trippier, 31, was handed his debut in the third-round tie just one day after completing his move from Spain.
But his celebrations quickly turned sour as Cambridge heaped further misery on Howe's relegation-threatened side.
Just ten minutes into the second half, Ironside took advantage of some poor defending to score the game's only goal in front of a bumper crowd of 51,395.
Newcastle had earlier seen Fabian Schar and Jacob Murphy strikes correctly ruled out for offside, while U's keeper Dimitar Mitov made some excellent saves.
Toon legend Alan Shearer blasted the performance as 'pathetic'.
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