Alan Pardew has admitted that his record in the local Cup competitions in England is not a good one, since he arrived on Tyneside four years ago to replace the sacked Chris Hughton.
Alan Pardew – this season has eased embarrassing record
We have been beaten twice at Brighton and once at Stevenage so it’;s not a good record, although we have done well in the Capital Cup this year by winning at Gillingham, Crystal Palace after extra time, and Manchester City, with a very young and inexperienced side.
This is what Alan has said about his Cup record at Newcastle:
“This run has eased the embarrassment a little bit.” “I don’t think it will take away the pain of losing to Brighton and Stevenage, and the Cardiff game last season which we should have won.”
“That was such a disappointment and we carried that loss for a while, in our mood and personality.” “I just hope that whatever happens at Spurs we put a performance on for our 4,200 fans.”
“There are not many clubs who have supporters who would go to Arsenal, come all the way back up, have a rest and then go back down to London again in those numbers. I appreciate that and their support is important.”
“We have done well to get ourselves into this position,” said Pardew. “We have had two fantastic results in the cup, beating two Premier League sides, just to get to where we are.”
Newcastle could have as many as 13 first team players missing tonight with nine players out injured and Daryl Janmaat suspended for the game.
The nine players injured are Tim Krul, Rob Elliot. Mehdi Abeid, Ryan Taylor, Siem de Jong, Davide Santon, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan and Curtis Good, and we’ll not even mention Jonas Gutierrez – who is back in training.
And last night Pardew said that Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson are now doubtful for the game.
We don’t have a big enough squad to be able to deal with all the injuries the lads are picking up this season.
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