Newcastle fans were less than happy at the performance of the Newcastle team on Saturday in a game we started slowly, went ahead fifteen minutes after half time, and then finally completely blew that lead to what was a poor Cardiff City side, and once again we have been eliminated in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and this time on home spoil.
Alan Pardew and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Saturday
It’s simply a terrible record we have had in the FA Cup over the last few years, and Alan Pardew has admitted the side blew it in that last 20 minutes when we were in a good position to win the game,.
But like all poor sides, rather than finding a way to win the game – we found a way to lose it – and that was for the third game in a short but disastrous six days, since we had fortune on our side to beat Stoke City.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“I’m disappointed because this was a good opportunity to have a run in the cup, in terms of the squad having plenty of options.”
“We were in a good position and it was an opportunity to use the cup to propel our season and we have blown it in that last period of the game.”
“Of course I can feel the hurt in the dressing room. The players are upset, very disappointed with one segment of that game.” “You can perhaps have a bad 20 minutes at the start of a game but you can’t in the last 20 minutes because that is when it is decided.”
“Our fans especially and the group of players who will feel the hurt especially when the fourth round is played and we haven’t got a game.”
“Players want to play and have a taste of success and unfortunately we are not going to win a trophy this year because we are already out.”
“We were the home team and we had to push on and couldn’t sit back on a 1-0.” “We had to try and build on it and we didn’t do that and paid a hefty price.”
So Newcastle are in almost the polar opposite position we were in last season, when we were struggling in the league and still had to play six games in the Europa League, but this season that’s it – we have 18 league games left and that’s it – and we have a much stronger side than last season.
We suppose we should try to get Colo and Cabaye fit, and then play our strongest side in every remaining league game, for which we will have at least a full week to prepare for each game.
We have to try to make the top six this season, and then see where that takes us – and try to forget the hurt of being eliminated at the first hurdle of the FA Cup – once again. 🙁
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