It’s only one game we know, but it was another embarrassing defeat for Newcastle at the Amex Stadium this afternoon.
Will Buckley after his shot was deflected into goal by Mike Williamson
And for the second game in a row Newcastle let their fans down, with what was at best a tepid performance at the Amex Stadium.
Newcastle went down 1-0 this afternoon in the FA Cup to Championship side Brighton via an own goal from Mike Williamson.
And for the second season running, Newcastle have been embarrassed in the FA Cup, after we were eliminated by then League Two side Stevenage 3-1 last January.
So Alan Pardew may have done well at other clubs in Cup competitions, but so far he hasn’t done well at all on Tyneside.
It was another below par performance from the Newcastle side this afternoon, and the team played very conservatively and had no cutting edge at all up front.
The only way to put things right is to have a blood and thunder display at Blackburn on Wednesday night in the league.
Blackburn are third bottom in the league with 18 points from 22 games, and Newcastle have twice that number of points with 36, and lie in 6th position in the Premier League, and we are still well positioned to do very well in the league.
Newcastle fans can put up with a lot, we have a lot of experience on that front, but not when the side goes down so tamely to a lower league side in a famous FA Cup competition, like they did this afternoon.
Any player who is not willing to run through a brick wall for this club should tell Alan Pardew, and not bother playing in the next game at Blackburn.
It’s only one game today, and it’s not worth over-reacting to it, but this is now two games in a row that the players have not played with the necessary fire in their bellies, to wear the famous Newcastle shirt.
And we don’t really want to hear all the reasons why the lads were mediocre today – from Alan or from any of the players – just turn up on Wednesday night and play out of your skins.
Do it for the Newcastle fans.