Let’s Forget About The FA Cup and Push On For Promotion

Yesterday’s defeat was a first for a number of different reasons.

Chris Hughton – can still pull off the Miracle On The Tyne

It was the first time we had conceded 4 goals this season, and it was the first time we had been beaten by more than a single goal.

It was also the first time we had suffered defeat in 15 games, since that stunner away at Scunthorpe United on a cold Tuesday October night.

And yes, we seem to have been hard done by, and Chris is telling everybody who will listen that they got two dodgy penalties, and we had two good appeals for penalties turned down.

And the first goal was not over the line, and they got their second penalty when Ameobi was still lying in their penalty area, after seemingly being fouled.

But all of this doesn’t mean too much for us – not much at all in fact.

This season we were not trying to win the FA Cup – which we last won when we took Don Revie and Manchester City apart 3-1 in 1955, and Wor Jackie scored in the first minute from a header, following a corner – boy those were the days.

No, we didn’t start this season to win the FA Cup – we started it to try to get automatic promotion back to the Premier League, and that remains our number one goal – in fact our only goal.

As we write this, we are 3 points clear of second placed Nottingham Forest, with a game in hand and a much better goal difference.  And we are 6 points ahead of 3rd placed WBA, with a slightly better goal difference.

What Newcastle need to do now is to bring in an experienced striker – Marlon Harewood on loan would be fine as far as we are concerned, and at least one good central defender – and we’d prefer Mike Williamson on loan from Portsmouth.

After January is out, we can still sign players on loan – maybe Jack Wilshere of Arsenal. 😀

That’s the first thing we need to do, and then every single game of the 21 that we have left this season – which are all Championship games – we need to go into every game giving the opposition the respect they deserve.

And then we need to do whatever it takes to get the 3 points.

We don’t want to hear our players talking about getting 100 points in the league, we just want to hear them talking about whatever game is next up.

We’ve learned through the relegation disgrace and pain of last season, not to be too over-confident, especially in this league, where any team can beat any other, on any given day.

So it’s OK for Chris and everybody to complain about yesterday’s game and our bad luck, but starting tomorrow let’s forget about it – let’s forget about it completely – and get down to what is really important this season – promotion.

The mission continues at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, and we’ll be delighted to get the win, whatever way we have to do it.

Oh, and Crystal Palace are a very good side.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 24, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    God does know who made nufc lost in yesterday game!

  • Steved

    Jan 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed Ed Crystal Palace are in very good form at the moment.

    Jack would be a great signing we need an impact player and soon, not replace like for like as we currently have 0 creativity in the squad. We have been playing very average for many games now and im concerned.

    He may not be premiership standard but i really think we should have made more effort to get Beckford, he is on fire! I guess Moses is out of our league now?

  • Scotty

    Jan 24, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Personally, i’m gutted that we didn’t get Beckford. Like i’ve always said, he was a snip at 2mil. Unfortunately, the powers that be continue to keep us frustrated.

    MA will want us promoted so he can sell. But he will keep us threadbare as possible, hoping that we go straight back down again.

  • MacToon

    Jan 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree to a point, poor refereeing should be addressed though by the league, not just epl but through the whole leagues.

    I noticed as soon as we played in the CCC that refs seemed to allow harder tackling and tried to let the game flow more.

    Why? decisions in the epl should be the same as in any other league whether domestic or european. Football has come along way in the last 10 years but so often refs seem to be the “weak point” and their standards are so aften left lacking quality.

    Shame, it spoils the game so often.

  • listie

    Jan 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Having watched the replay of the game, no theball wasn’t over the line, but looked like is was handled, the first pen was we dodgy but well won, second pen was again dodgy but again well won, and yes if those two where pens we should have had 2, but who cares I dont. Most WBA fans see a cup run as a pointless thing, with the chance of injuries and tired players. So for me good, lets concentrate on getting promoted, and to do that we need three things in my book.
    A bit of quality up front
    We so need some pace in the team
    We need creativity in midfield


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