Callum Roberts reacts to Newcastle United’s defeat to Leicester City in FA Cup

Callum Roberts reflects on making his first-team debut for Newcastle United in the FA Cup third-round defeat to Leicester City.

Newcastle United winger Callum Roberts was over the moon to have made his debut for the first team.

The 17-year-old came on as a substitute against Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Roberts played for the final 11 minutes of the tie and gave a good account of himself, but he failed to help Newcastle to a win.

The Magpies lost 1-0 and the youngster was understandably disappointed, but the winger was still pleased to have made his first-team debut.

Roberts added on Newcastle’s official website: “It was a massive moment for me, being only 17 and playing for the first team. It was a great day, despite the result…

“I feel ready to step up so I hope I get another chance to try and impress the coaches. I've always dreamt about making my debut for Newcastle but ultimately it was a disappointing result, as I thought we should have won.

"It's much quicker and the players you are up against are much more physical and stronger than me. I've got to push on now and make sure that I improve physically so I can match them when I get another opportunity.”

Following the FA Cup disappointment, Newcastle will turn their attention to the Premier League. They are currently 10th in the table with 27 points from 20 matches and will take on Chelsea on Saturday.

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