Most Newcastle fans were fairly upbeat when we were drawn away at Hull City last night in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup, simply because it could have been a lot worse.
We avoided big clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, so Hull away was a good draw for us and we have a fighting chance to make it through to the semi-finals.
And of the seven team we could have drawn Hull were probably the second best behind Championship club Leeds United, who were a former powerhouse in English football.
Rafa Benitez in training
But Rafa Benitez, as always, is extremely respectful of our opponents and Hull City will be very motivated to reach the last four in the competition for the first time ever – especially since they are at home.
This is what Rafa has said today on the Newcastle web-site:
“At this stage of the competition, there were a lot of Premier League sides so it was always likely to be a difficult tie,”
“We have confidence, because we are doing well, but we have a lot of respect for Hull because they are a Premier League team and we will play away from home.”
“So we will approach the game with hope that we can do well – but also knowing that it will be a hard game against a side from a higher league.”
Hull have progressed by beating Exeter (3-1 away) , Stoke (2-1 away) and Bristol City (2-1 away) to reach this stage and this will be their first home game in the tournament and Newcastle’s first away game.
The quarter-final tie will be played the week starting Monday, 28th November.
But first things first – and we are at Preston North End on Saturday afternoon and hopefully we can get our 7th win in a row in that game.
That’s the only thing that matters right now.