Massadio Haidara says he is excited by the cups but admits a win on Wednesday is needed just as much to relieve the pressure of Premier League results.

Only Papiss Cisse put in a worse performance against Watford than Massadio Haidara, the full-back having a shocker and badly at fault for the opening goal.

However, the Frenchman looks guaranteed to play again in the League Cup match, as until Paul Dummett is available there are no obvious alternatives.

Haidara says that he has heard that it is a while since Newcastle last won a trophy – nothing gets past this lad!

The United defender does though point to the source of the fans frustrations down the years, saying that it only takes five rounds to get to the final, yet despite this the only final appearance was 40 years ago when Manchester City won 2-1.

Even worse, when Newcastle were regulars in  European competition they got a bye into the third round, meaning they would have just had to win four ties to get to the final of the League Cup.

Maybe this time…

Massadio Haidara speaking to The Mirror:

“I am excited by the cups, you can win five games and be in the final – there aren’t too many games to play to get there.

“We need a win to relieve the pressure.

Newcastle players are desperate:

“We are desperate to do well in the cup and if we won a trophy it would be very good for the club.

“I hear the last time they won a trophy was many years ago….the club and city would be proud of us.”

The fans need more good days:

“Last year we had a go and we need to go further and get to the final – it would be a great day for the fans and they need more good days.

“Last year we played so many games in the cup away, we beat Gillingham and City last year and we thought it was the year for us, but we were away at Spurs and lost 4-0.