Fulham boss bemoans what Newcastle United star did during FA Cup fourth round win

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Newcastle United advanced into the fifth round of the FA Cup after beating Fulham 2-0.

Fulham boss Marco Silva believes neither of Newcastle United's goals should have been allowed to stand during Saturday's FA Cup tie.

Newcastle won 2-0 at Craven Cottage to advance into the fifth round of the FA Cup after a goal in either half by Sean Longstaff and Dan Burn. For Longstaff's 39th minute opener, the ball inadvertently struck the arm of Bruno Guimaraes before Longstaff turned home. Burn then headed home from a Kieran Trippier corner on the hour-mark but Silva says a goal-kick should have been awarded instead.

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Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round against Fulham. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round against Fulham. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round against Fulham. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"For me, it's handball but the decision from the referee was not in that direction," said Silva. "VAR decided not to overturn the decision. I can't say any more. It's something I cannot control.

"We can talk about the goal from the corner isn't a corner, it's a goal-kick. These are situations we cannot control so I do not want to go in that direction. It's clear we have to do better in both situations to win."

Silva's frustrations were compounded after going to state that Fulham were the more dominant team.

He said: "The stats just show that we are the most dominant team on the pitch. We were on the front foot and we were clearly the team that was always closer to scoring goals and creating chances. But football is not just about that. You have to be clinical.

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"We probably deserved much more than we got from it. We were the team that tried more and was more dominant. But we lost, and that's our fault. We are not in the next round of the FA Cup because mistakes at this level are punished by teams of this quality.

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