It’s a huge opportunity tonight for Newcastle to finally advance to the semi-finals of a local Cup competition, and it would be the first time since the great Sir Bobby Robson has us in the semi-final of the FA Cup back in 2000.
Sir Bobby Robson – last manager to get us to any Cup semi-final
And in the previous two FA Cups, we were the beaten finalists each time, going down 2-0 to Arsenal in 1998, and 2-0 to Manchester United the following year.
We lost 2-1 to Chelsea in that semi-final in 2000, and the Blues went on to beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the final.
Alan Pardew knows it’s a huge opportunity for the Tyneside club tonight:
“We have done well to get ourselves into this position.” “We have done well in the league, so that sets up that derby game nicely.”
“We had two fantastic results in the cup, beating two Premier League sides, just to get to where we are.” “We are now going to try and take this opportunity.”
“It’s about grasping it. I have played in quarter-finals before, and there’s just extra meaning to it.” “You just sense it. You are close. You are eight teams away.”
“I can feel the squad bubbling under in terms of the excitement and looking forward to the two games.” “Look, the derby is a Premier League game and an important one – we’re all aware of that.”
“It carries more significance in this area, and maybe in the football world because of the fixture’s history.” “But, you know, a quarter-final of the League Cup doesn’t come around too often for this club – and for Spurs, by the way.”
“So both clubs know it’s an important game.” “We are going to miss Daryl, which is a shame, but we’ll have a strong team to take there.”
Tottenham will likely field a weakened side, but we think Alan Pardew will field the strongest Newcastle team possible, but we could still be missing 13 first team players.
And 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong could even get a start at White Hart Lane tonight.
In spite of our injury worries, the fans are confident the lads can get another famous win at White Hart Lane tonight.
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