Alan Pardew has had to defend his fourth embarrassing exit from the FA Cup, since becoming the Newcastle manager in December of 2010.
Alan Pardew – 3 defeats in a row – all in six days
The first time was a 3-1 defeat at Stevenage almost exactly three yeas ago, and the next season we actually won a game 2-1 against Blackburn in the 3rd round, but that’s the only FA Cup victory Alan has had in five attempts as Newcastle manager.
But then in the next round in 2012, we went out ignominiously at Brighton by 1-0, and then last year we were defeated by Brighton again, but this time in the 3rd round.
Given our once glorious exploits in the FA Cup in the 1950s, these defeats are hard to take – very hard to take – make that extremely very hard to take.
This time we lost at home to Cardiff City, who had won just one game in their last 10, and were 4th bottom of the league and a full 15 points behind Newcastle after 20 games played and had just fired their manager.
And we even got the important first goal today, but we still managed to lose.
The FA Cup is important to Newcastle United, and so are the derby games with Sunderland.
And we wont even mention that Sunderland, who are bottom of the league right now and finished 4th bottom last season, beat us in succession last year for the first time in 46 years.
And we have to play Sunderland in early February.
Those records in the FA Cup and against Sunderland are things that Alan Pardew needs to improve big time.
Maybe the plans the powers that be put together at Newcastle should contain a line item as follows:
“Try to win a trophy to end the embarrassing 45 year drought at this club.”
It will not happen this year – that’s for sure.
And to make up for these three defeats in six days – maybe we can hammer Manchester City a week tomorrow a St. James’ Park?
Maybe – maybe not.
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