Leon Best has come out and told the Newcastle supporters not to worry – the team spirit is still high in the Newcastle dressing room.
Leon Best in action yesterday
We think Brighton may have had a couple of half chances in the game yesterday, but after 76 minutes they managed to get the only goal of the game, albeit a deflection off Mike Williamson for an own goal.
Mike also scored an unfortunate own goal a year ago, when Newcastle were ignominiously knocked out of the FA Cup by then League Two side Stevenage.
Leon Best was trying to look on the bright side of things after the game:
We will be looking to drive on and get back to winning ways. It will be a tough game but we believe in ourselves.
We have come here and lost, but we just need to get back to winning ways and we believe we can. It is good that we have a game that quick to be able to do that.
Obviously we are disappointed at losing today. I think they only had one chance and that was going wide, but a deflection took it in.
We are disappointed to be out of the cup. We thought we could have done well and had a good run because a few big teams are already out of it.
I do not think we played that bad here today. They played some good football and stopped us from doing certain things, but we were not bad.
It is a bit disappointing when you are not playing bad but still managing to lose.
And the people we always feel sorry for when Newcastle are embarrassed on the road, are the faithful fans who made the long journey to watch Newcastle play yesterday.
2,300 Newcastle supporters traveled to the Amex Stadium to watch their side on Saturday night, and that was after watching the lads be humiliated by Fulham of all sides last Saturday.
It couldn’t have been a pleasant trip back home for those fans.
It is always about them. When we win it’s for them as well as the Club itself, because they are the Club, We are devastated, and can only apologise to them.
It is a long way for them to come and we will try to put things right for them on Wednesday at Blackburn.
After that debacle in the second half at Fulham, followed by the embarrassment of being eliminated from the FA Cup for the second year running by a lower league team, these apologies are getting a bit thin and hard to take.
They remind us too much of the relegation season where we would be beaten, and then players would come out and say they were going to win the next game, and all that good stuff.
And then we’d lose (again) and they’d come out and apologize and so it would go on.
It’s either about results or reasons, and all we’ve had for the last two games is the reasons why Newcastle have been beaten by teams they were expected to win against.
But there’s nothing like a win to turn things around, that’s for sure, and if we can get Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse back in the side for the game at Ewood Park, we have a decent chance to get all 3 points.
Best and Ameobi were ineffective yesterday, and were not much better the previous weekend in London.
We hope Pardew puts our Senegal strikers straight into the fray on Wednesday night, but we somehow have our doubts that he will, and could give Ameobi and Best another shot up front.
That would not be good.
What do you think?