It would have been different if we had seen a rip roaring game this afternoon, with Stevenage playing way above themselves, and Newcastle playing somewhere near their best.
The result was terrible for the Newcastle club, because who wants to be eliminated at the first hurdle by a fourth division side, and especially if the club eliminated is as famous as Newcastle United, who have a wonderful history in the FA Cup competition and have won it 6 times and been beaten finalists another 7 times.
But today the team was simply a disgrace to the black and white striped shirts of the Newscaster United Football Club, and we say that after careful consideration.
It would be good if both Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan, as representatives of the team this afternoon, get in front of those TV cameras and explain to Newcastle fans what the hell happened in that second half today. Where were the guts – where was the fight of the Newcastle players?
We don’t mind being beaten – though we don’t like it – and as we said earlier we wouldn’t have minded being beaten by Stevenage, if it had been a classic game and Newcastle played anywhere near their ability.
But they didn’t and the display was simply unacceptable and some apologies and explanations are in order from those responsible.
And we would suggest the explanations be given first to those Newcastle fans who made the long journey down to Stevenage to see one of the most woeful second half displays in Newcastle’s long history.
It’s not that it’s not good enough – the gutless display today is simply unacceptable to Newcastle fans.
When we wake up tomorrow, we’ll try to forget this game ever happened – it was that bad and that shameful for the Newcastle club – but unfortunately it’s not tomorrow morning yet.
Stevenage were the better side today and deserved the win – and we offer our congratulations for the greatest win in their history.