After what was a sickening second half display by this fringe Newcastle team, fans are not feeling too upbeat this morning after yet another embarrassing exit from the FA Cup – in which we have such a great history.
But certainly not lately, when we have not reached the 5th round of the competition in the last 11 years.
Newcastle played quite well in the first half but Aleksandar Mitrovic missed three good chances due to his lack of match practice and then he missed a crucial penalty in the second half after we had gone 1-0 down.
This will not do Mitro any good at Newcastle – he must start taking these chances otherwise Rafa could lose confidence in the 22 year-old.
Rafa Benitez – happy enough when he arrived at the Kassam Stadium
After Newcastle tried to come back after going 1-0 down, we crumbled and conceded two pathetic goals during the last 11 minutes of the game to go down to our biggest defeat since Rafa Benitez came into the club last March.
It was also the 6th time this season (9th defeat in all) we have been beaten and failed to score a goal.
Rafa Benitez talked after the game about the type of players he wants at the club:
“It is really important to have this balance.” “We need to have players with passion and a mentality to play and work hard.”
“You also need players who understand how to manage the game and make the right decisions at the right time like I’ve said before.”
“We were quite confident after the performance in the first half.”
“With the chances we created and the way we controlled the game, we were confident that we could do similar things in the second half.”
“We conceded an early goal and that made a big difference because we started to make mistakes.”
“Also we missed the penalty, too many mistakes and you pay for them in a competition like this.”
“It’s something we have to improve in terms of decision making and doing the right things at the right time.”
“And after it we needed to improve in the way we were marking against corners.”
Rafa talked about the types of players he wants after the game because there were not many of those on display yesterday and it was obvious in Rafa’s interviews he was extremely disappointed in the players’ performances.
But we have to move on and the only thing that matters now is that we get 3 points against QPR on Wednesday night at home, to get some confidence back and move on.
We need to go all out for promotion back to the Premier League.