One of the things Alan Pardew did not do well at Newcastle were in the cup compositions – the FA Cup and the League Cup – and then there were the Newcastle – Sunderland derbies which he also did not excel at.
But Steve McClaren has said that Newcastle will be going all out to win the FA Cup despite a major fight we have on our hands to avoid relegation.
We’ll see how we do at Watford in the 3rd round on Saturday, but we’d be very surprised if we can reach the 4th round this year.
Steve McClaren – confident we can have a go at FA Cup
If we do lose in the 3rd round it will not be anything unusual since we’ve gone out at the first stage the last three years.
All that presumably changed at the beginning of the season and last May when owner Mike Ashley said he wanted to win something at Newcastle.
Lee Charnley – who is running the club for Mike Ashley – then issued a statement in early June saying that cup competitions were now a priority.
Presumably that meant they were not a priority before and in the same statement it also said our goal this season was a top eight finish in the Premier League.
What’s happened is that we’ve been struggling with relegation all season and currently we are 3 points from safety in 3rd bottom place with 17 points from 20 games and that’s the worst we have ever done in the Premier League at this stage of the season.
This is what Steve McClaren said:
“I’m absolutely confident we can have a go at the FA Cup.” “We’ll play a strong team and every game is important.”
“The FA Cup is as important as any other game. It’s another game we want to win.”
We thought we’d get hammered at Arsenal on Saturday and we were wrong on that and we think we will lose to Watford on Saturday.
But maybe not – and certainly a win would give the lads confidence to go in and beat Manchester United at home next Tuesday night.
Maybe I’m just suffering from defeat fatigue – with 11 defeats in our first 20 league games?
But we really need to pick up points in the league very soon and that next league game at home next week is so very important against a beatable Red Devils side.
We cannot lose again for the 4th time in a row and have then taken one point from the last 15 points played for – and then have Steve tell us we are playing extremely well.
What do you think?