Alan Shearer has insisted that it will be a “big ask” for Newcastle to perform against Sheffield United after being forced into extra-time in the FA Cup.
Newcastle travelled to face Arsenal in the FA Cup third round. It was a dull affair of few chances as it finished 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Gunners starlet Emile Smith Rowe netted the all-important first goal in the 109th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got Arsenal’s second to secure the victory in the 117th minute.
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Callum Wilson was rested by Steve Bruce, as he was not included in Newcastle’s squad for the FA Cup tie.
But six of their players played the full 120 minutes against Arsenal. This included Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Sean Longstaff and Ciaran Clark.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game, as cited by NUFC blog, Shearer admitted that he is worried about the meeting against Sheff United:
“They go into Tuesday’s match at six ‘o clock. This is going to be a big ask for a lot of these players.
“It was a tough night for Newcastle, they had the chances.
“They had two very good chances. The game could have and should have been wrapped up – and it’s been a tough night not only with the defeat but with extra time.”