Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first attempt at Filbert Street this afternoon, as the bottom of the league Premier League side Leicester City, managed by former coach Nigel Pearson, got a 1-0 win to go into the next round.
Haris Vuckic in action this afternoon
So in the last two games we could only draw at home 3-3 to second bottom Burnley, and were lucky to get a draw in that game, and now we are out of the FA Cup – beaten by the bottom club.
Last season we were knocked out at the same stage at home to Cardiff who were relegated, and this is the third successive season – and the fourth time in the last five years – that we have been eliminated in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. 🙁
It’s not good and we need a new head coach brought in as soon as possible – hopefully in the coming week and we hope it’s Thomas Tuchel.
The German coach would be a very popular choice with Newcastle fans – we need a lift and soon!
Leicester’s goal came after 39 minutes when Newcastle were caught asleep as the home side played a short corner, and Matty James got the ball into Leonardo Ulloa ion the box, and he hammered the ball into the net off the post to put the Foxes 1-0 up.
But the goal came shortly after Remy Cabella, who has a good game today, had seemingly scored for Newcastle, but the linesman flagged for offside – but on TV replays the Frenchman was onside and it should have counted.
In the second half Leicester almost doubled their lead when Chris Wood’s header was brilliantly kept out of the net by young Newcastle goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who may have been making his final appearance for the Newcastle first team, with Tim Krul expected back next week.
Newcastle had made as many as seven changes to the side that drew 3-3 on Thursday and five of our best players – Coloccini, Janmaat, Sissoko, Colback and Ayoze – were not in the squad for today’s game.
We’ll probably be told they picked up knocks during Thursday’s game, but that would be hard to believe, and the team that started wasn’t what John Carver said he would field – a team that could win this game.
The cups are just not a priority at Newcastle United anymore, and it would be very hard for anyone to argue against that.
This must be one of the weakest sides Newcastle have fielded over the last five years or even longer than that.
Some good news was that Newcastle youngsters Lubo Satka (20) and local lad Callum Roberts (17) both made their first team debuts in the second half – but it was a disappointing result this afternoon and a disappointing performance.
Satka came on after 59 minutes to replace Davide Santon, who made his first appearance of the season, and young Callum Roberts replaced Vuckic after 79 minutes.
The team selection and the performance were too much for 4,319 Newcastle fans who made the journey today – another fantastic turnout by the Geordie fans – and during the final 10 minutes of this very poor game, they chanted against Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
And at the end of the game the Newcastle players were booed as they went over to acknowledge the fans – for this pathetic performance – the fans are not happy – and that’s a huge understatement.
We feel really sorry for those fans who made the long trip to Leicester today to watch this tripe, and John Carver should apologize to those fans after the game.
This display and the team selection is simply not good enough for the famous Newcastle United Football club, and John Carver will have some explaining to do at his press conference after the match.
How come our best five players were the only ones to pick up knocks on Thursday would be one good question to ask.
Newcastle have a glorious past in the FA Cup, but under Mike Ashley why do we even bother turning up for these games?
Next up is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Saturday and we assume we will field a much stronger side in that game.
This is not a good result and Newcastle fans are unlikely to be happy about this – we need a top coach brought in this week to sort hings out – and get the team organized and playing well again.
But to finish on a more positive note – there’s only way for Newcastle to go now – and that’s up.
That’s right isn’t it?
Leicester: Hamer, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Cambiasso, James, Knockaert, Nugent Lawrence, Ulloa. Subs: Smith, Vardy, Albrighton, Simpson, Taylor-Fletcher, Mahrez, Wood.
Newcastle: Alnwick; Santon (Satka 59), Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; Anita, Tiote, Vuckic (Roberts 79); Armstrong, Riviere, Cabella.
Subs not used: Woodman, Bigirimana, Gouffran, Gilliead, Campbell.
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