Newcastle United 4-1 Rochdale
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley witnessed his Premier League side beat League One Rochdale to reach the FA Cup fourth round.
Ashley returned to St James’ Park for the first time this season before talks with boss Steve Bruce about transfer targets during the January window.
Newcastle went ahead through Eoghan O’Connell‘s own goal.
Newcastle, who have not gone beyond the fourth round since 2006, will host League One Oxford in the next round.
Rochdale had earned praise after coming from behind to force a third-round replay against the Magpies on 4 January after an equaliser by 40-year-old substitute Aaron Wilbraham.
But their FA Cup run came to an end in front of 2,500 of their travelling fans.