Newcastle Blow It Again – There’s Hurt All Around


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.

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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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11 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    WHAT! We’re not going to win a trophy?! But we’re still in the league Alan? How dare you be such a defeatist. *checks reality* – good point.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    As happy and excited I am regarding the up to 4 deals in Jan, I am somewhat reserved that this news has come a day after we were knocked out of the FA cup and have only 18 matches in 41/2 months.

    I am circumspect that Ashley is moving proactively to cater for Cabaye’s loss and having to pay over the odds after the WC.

    I would also be happy if we bought 1 or 2 players less if the manager and his archaic methods were to be moved on.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    There is a difference between not winning a trophy and not trying to win one.

    Unfortunately we are in the latter category.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Same old, same old.

    He has managed the team to defeats in the 3rd round, every year since he arrived – except one – where we went out in the 4th round. Have a look in the mirror Alan – the problem will be staring you in the face!!

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  • martoon

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not anti-Santon but I think the match on Saturday showed he is better as a LB and not a RB as many on here have been calling for.
    On the subject of Gomis – I would have been disappointed if we had paid £9m for him last year but if we can get him for around £3m then he is probably a decent upgrade for Shola.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Either Pardew doesn’t learn from his mistakes with his cup team selection or the plan was to get knocked out.

    We can now concentrate on finishing eighth.
    What ambition.

    Season over.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Some huge signings needed or who’s going to bother turning up to watch these losers.

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  • bills-son

    Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    HD,

    So you are still going to find fault with Ashley even if he signs players this window?

    But of course he would be hammered if he didn’t.

    Just like Pardew, Ashley cannot win whatever he does.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Bills-son

    Please do not read selectively. I said I would be happy.

    However Pardew is not a football manager by any stretch of the imagination.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    He could f### off out of our city.

    He’d be a winner that day.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    martoon
    Gomis is not like Shola at all. He might look like a big guy but he’s not. He is more like Cisse.

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