Why Newcastle Need A Good Cup Run

Over the last few years Newcastle have played their reserve team and given opportunities to the youngsters in the EFL Cup (League Cup) since the priority for money hungry Newcastle was the Premier League, simply  because that’s where all the money is.

After all the priority at Newcastle was to have  a good bank account and not particularly a good team.


Rafa Benitez – will field a strong side on Tuesday night

Teams can get to the final of the League Cup and the FA Cup and go on big runs but earn very little money when compared to the vast amounts of money being given out in the Premier League these days.

Remember each PL team gets between £100M to £180M a year for the next three years depending largely on how they perform in the league.

Getting away from money for a moment, there is of course the prestige and honor of winning something – and that’s certainly very important for any club.

The cups are also a way into Europe.

Newcastle have also had a small squad since Mile Ashley took over, so we were not really equipped to go on long cup runs  and we obliged by being beaten after one or two rounds in both cup competitions.

It’s all different now that we have a large squad under Rafa Benitez and in fact it’s a good opportunity to give some of our good players a game.

Rafa has essentially got two top players fighting it out for the starting position for every single position in the team, so it’s not like we cannot field a good side in the cups this season.

If we do get a good cup run it should also help with the confidence of the side and who knows, if we are bold enough these days to think we can win something then maybe we will.

What a concept!

We’ve won nothing since 1969, but if you don’t believe you can win something you wont.

Yes we need to get promoted this season and that is the top priority, but we have a lot of good players who will not get many games if we don’t have a couple of good cup runs this season.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Not trying to blame the fans that attended the game yesterday or call them s*** or anything. Id just like to make a point and say, we were on a 6 game winning run, yet fans couldn’t have a little bit of patience yesterday?? Im sorry but after a winning run like that, i just think its stupid booing at half time, moaning and groaning just puts so much more pressure on the players, yes theyre grown men and should be able to play under those conditions, but it really doesnt do anything to help them. I know fans pay good money and got served up dross, but i just think theres better ways of showing support for the players and not booing everytime we go 1-0 down. Are we playing better away from home because the players don’t have that pressure of playing at home?? We have probably some of the best away fans in the country, when we play bigger/better teams at home we make st james’ a cauldron of noise, however from what ive heard so far this season at home we havent created the loudest/intimidating atmospheres for opposition.

    Teams are just gonna keep coming to our place and setup to frustrate the crowd, im confident and hopeful that rafa will get us playing like we did at qpr at home most of the time, the loss yesterday was unnacceptable, but lets face it, we just won 6-0, wolves just lost 4-0, you could almost see it coming. Rafa got it wrong with the selection, but the players got over confident and complacent, didn’t play with enough intensity and gifted the ball to wolves too often. Hopefully this will be rectified as we need to be villa and norwich, and hopefully get revenge on wolves

  • Tsunki

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Inevitable result imo, this is nufc. it’s all a learning curve, this week it’s professional attitude and due respect for the opponent. Onwards and upwards

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Watford one up! Crisis for Manure?

  • Tsunki

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    On crowd attitude and participation it’s no mystery it has become a little fickle of late. The crowd numbers this time are boosted by a decent fairweather contingent fuelled by low ticket prices, the PR pull of Sr. Benitez and the promise of a steamrollering season of glory. Some or all of which may not last.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5

    If only Benitez hadn’t told the team to play in a lackadaisical way …

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Look no further than the winbar.

    Shame upon you voters, shame.

    Definitely in the “It’s one game” camp. Nobody said it would be easy, nor does comparing it to our last stint in the Championship help tell us much.

    Still a long way to go, with a few twists and turns to come I’m sure.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Interesting stat (I thought)…


    11 – Since his Premier League debut (Aug 2014), Daryl Janmaat has provided more assists in the PL than any other defender (11). Adventurous.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    The players needs Bill Shankley style kick up the backside to remind them of what’s expected of them.
    Talk of cup runs is fine but there’s only one cup that needs to be won and that’s for the Championship.

    Why did we play crosses into the box when the players who could do something with them Mitro and Murphy weren’t playing ?

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m sure we’d all be reasonably happy with the way things are going – if we weren’t targeting a first or second place finish!

  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    JamesToon // Sep 18, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Not trying to blame the fans that attended the game yesterday or call them s*** or anything

    James but that exactly what you are doing not sure which part of the ground you were in but from were i sit it looked and sounded as the fans tried
    it very hard to lift a set of stiff’s and that what the team looked like
    the crowds an easy target for some on here
    when in the the result yesterday was down to Rafa and the team

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    We lost the game, move on for goodness sake.

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Man Utd are drawing should they get rid of their manager.

    Dear me.


    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    But Janmatt is crap in defense and attack

  • cyprus

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Your argument here is a bit confusing. At the PL you get good money and international status. Nothing compares to the PL.

    A good cup run, even winning it, is great. But there should be one ultimate goal. Getting out of this mess. Anything else is icing on the cake.

    If it’s Wembley you want, my prediction is and was we’ll be there come the end of the year 😉

  • cyprus

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #15

    I think the manutd project will end in tears for that manager. They’ve been lucky with those wins thus far.


    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Lucky? They looked back to their best not long ago mate

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Actually you can change that now to yes, Watford are now in the lead.

    Ha ha ha

  • JamesToon

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #18


    I understand your point mate, but i could just feel from the atmosphere it was almost as if the fans were just expecting the first goal for us to go in then start chanting about winning the league. It just doesn’t work like that in this league, and there were still some ridiculous comments on here before the game how fans were saying “oh we’re gonna hammer them, theyre crap, blah blah blah” and it just annoys me.

    My main point is, i just don’t think booing is called for. Not when we’ve lost for the first time in 6 games.

  • JamesToon

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Fans had a right to boo last season e.g. when we lost 3-1 to bournemouth, as everyone could see the club wasnt being run properly, clowns were in charge and the players didnt give a f***

    Its different now, we have rafa, and we have a good squad of committed players. But its not going to be all sunshine and daises even when you are on a 6 game winning run, there are going to be bumps along the road, theres just no point booing after every single one, we all love rafa and trust him, he wont get us perfect but he’ll certainly see where we’re going wrong and put them right.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Eventful match!

  • BandB

    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I think the answer to the issue of booing is for the club to set up a new booing section in a part of the stands.
    Membership of this area will be restricted to those who have never allowed their season ticket to lapse and will exclude eyes-bigger-than-their-bellies fans who have been lured back by St Rafa and may even be paying less than proper fans for their ticket.
    Members of the booing section will not be expected to boo in any circumstances, but would have every damn right to, if they wanted to.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Percy’s men take the lead.

  • Jib

    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    I wonder if Mauricio Pochettino is going to start Moussa Sissoko against Sunlun later today ?

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Now two up!

  • beefman13

    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #25

    That game yesterday was like being in a snooker hall, there was virtually nothing for the fans to get up about, zero creativity, game by game I take it and yesterday stunk.

  • Jib

    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #26

    There could be a Tricoteuse section where you and your mates sit and knit and swig gin and cackle loudly when someone gets injured.


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