Newcastle take on Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow night inside an almost empty St. James’ Park.
It would have been some sight to see the stadium packed full for this game, but it will not be like that because of restrictions imposed by the severe coronavirus pandemic.
Newcastle must be strong at the back, and we have shown some attacking prowess in the last few games, but it will be a very tough game for us.
Steve Bruce and some of our players are fighting to stay on at Newcastle for next season if we get new owners coming in, which now seems very likely.
So there is some motivation for the team.
Bruce has managed to get 4 points from our first two games, and tomorrow the game must be decided one way or another, and it would be a shock if we can get through – but it’s possible.
Anything seems possible – good or bad, with Newcastle.
This is some of what Bruce (shown above) said yesterday in his press conference for the game:
“Let’s see if we can get in and around the top 10.” “Then it would be a truly good season for everybody.”
“Any of it now, even a quarter-final, let’s be fair, is great.”
“Against Man City – a great team – it would have been good for us to be in front of a full St James’ Park for a cup tie.”
“It would have been terrific. There’s no disputing that it is strange.”
“It is strange for even you guys watching, it is different no doubt.”
“A lot of people put in a lot of work to get this far.”
“We’d love a packed St James’ but now we have to be at our best. We will have to be because they are a very good team.”
“Things above us we can’t influence. What we can influence is on the field.”
“It looks as if they are runners-up in the Premier League and they won’t like that.”
“The one thing they are, is they are serial winners.” “They won the FA Cup and they seem to own the League Cup.”
“They are a very good side. We will have to be at our best and they will treat the cups as something to look forward to.”
“They have the Champions League and I’m sure they will turn their attention to the FA Cup too.”
Only about a third of our fans think we can win the game tomorrow.