The Newcastle squad pose for a celebration picture after the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on January 06, 2024 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Newcastle eyeing FA Cup glory following ‘special win’ over Sunderland

Newcastle United defender Dan Burn says the club are determined to win something after knocking fierce rivals Sunderland out of the FA Cup. 

The Magpies dominated the third round tie at the Stadium of Light after Dan Ballard put the ball in his own net in the 35th minute. Alexander Isak went on to score a second-half brace to complete their first win in a Tyne-Wear Derby since 2011.

“It was a special win,” Burn told ITV after the final whistle. “I think there was a lot of build up to the game so to come through with a win and a clean sheet is great.

“It has been a long time since we’ve played this type of game. If you can ask fans whether they would rather advance in the Champions League or beat Sunderland, I think they would pick beating Sunderland.

“It was a great day and the crowd really made it.”

With progress to the fourth round secured Newcastle will hope they can go all the way to Wembley and win the FA Cup for the first since 1955.

“We spoke about it the last two seasons, we want to win something,” Burn said. “It has been so long since we won something and it would be amazing to win the FA Cup.”

After winning just one of their previous eight matches in all competitions, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe hopes the result will revitalise their campaign.

“It feels great [to win], I never worried about the draw I always thought it was a great draw – as long as we won it,” he told ITV.

“We handled the occasion well, were brave with the ball and were very composed. We didn’t let the crowd take over and we handled everything really well in the first half.

“I think we are still a bit off our best but it was a step in the right direction, hopefully the forward momentum can continue.”

There was one negative from the game as Joelinton left the pitch with an apparent injury. “He looks like he’s got a bit of a knock,” Howe confirmed afterward.

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