Yohan Cabaye is used to winning things and when he was at Lille last season they won both the French Cup along with the French League Title.
Yohan Cabaye – no excuses at Brighton
Yohan apologized earlier in the week for the dreadful capitulation in the second half at Fulham, and he has come out today and talked about how there can be no excuses at all when Newcastle take on Brighton & Hove Albion at 5:15 pm on Saturday afternoon on the south coast in the 4th round of the FA Cup.
This is what Yohan told the local press:
“I won the French Cup last year and I want to keep winning cups.” “The spirit has to be right though. I hope that we have a similar spirit at Brighton to what we had at Lille last year.”
“We have the FA Cup this weekend, and it is a massive objective for us. We are ready for this game and fighting fit.” “All we can do is learn from Fulham and draw a line through it.”
“We need to keep going in this competition. We know how important it is for the fans, the city, the club – everyone.”
Newcastle last won the FA Cup back in 1955 when we annihilated Manchester City 3-1 at Wembley, and we have won the trophy 6 times in total, with the other 5 times being in 1910, 1924, 1932, 1951 and 1952.
Newcastle were without their three African player at Fulham, but that cannot be an excuse, and if the lads can win on Saturday they will have won three of their four games since the three top African players have been away – and that’s not too bad.
“It is not excuse for us. We have 11 players that make up a good team still, and some good substitutes as well.” “We don’t have to talk about the African Cup of Nations.”
“We have players away but that is football – we knew it was happening, so we get on with it. It’s not an excuse having players away.”
“After Fulham it was the most upset I’ve been, it was a very bad game for us.” “It’s English football though, in France if you lead 1-0, you usually win 1-0.”
“Here if you switch off it can all go wrong.” “You can be winning after 80 minutes but by the end you can lose everything if you don’t focus. We have to work on it.”
“If you turn up for only one half, it’s difficult to get a good result.” “We just have to learn from it – starting at Brighton.”
The major thing that Newcastle have to do on Saturday is score some goals and indeed when Danny Guthrie got that great opening goal just before half time on Saturday, we thought we were almost home and dry – how wrong can you be?
Ben Arfa is showing he can score goals, and he has three already this season, all scored in the last five weeks, and is starting to play somewhere near his best form.
But it could be a last real chance for Shola Ameobi and Leon Best to show what they can do for Newcastle, with both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse joining the squad next Monday.
That’s after their African Cup of Nations duty for Senegal will end after the game with Libya on Sunday night, after they lost their second group game last night, 2-1 against one of the two host countries, Equatorial Guinea.