Saturday had a few surprises, including Fabricio Coloccini actually playing in an FA Cup match, the first time in over four years.
Steve McClaren naming a full strength team which then still was incapable of scoring a goal, despite Watford leaving out some of their best players.
Coloccini claims that the FA Cup ‘was a big deal for us’ for Newcastle this season but says that avoiding relegation is the most important thing.
Jack Colback was left out against Watford because he had a ‘niggle’ according to Steve McClaren, with the Head Coach stating that Coloccini’s substitution at half-time was enforced due to a ‘niggle’ as well.
It is reported to be a tight hamstring this morning so it remains to be seen whether the captain lines up against Manchester United tomorrow night.
Following the company line, Coloccini continues down the route of wanting us to believe that the only thing missing is taking some of these ‘numerous’ chances that are supposedly being created.
However, Watford’s Gomes didn’t have a serious save to make all game and whilst Thauvin and Perez should have done better with off target shots, it is hardly a team that can claim the opposition goal is leading a charmed life.
Newcastle have ‘two nice home games’ this week according to the captain, let’s hope on Saturday night he still thinks that.
“The FA Cup was a big deal for us and so it is really disappointing for us, but we are also not in a good position in the Premier League, and now the most important thing is to stay in the Premier League.
“It is difficult times but I think we still trust in everything – on the pitch we are playing quite well, we create chances and with a bit of confidence we will start to win games soon.
“We have two nice home games to play against big teams and hopefully we will get the points.
“We are really disappointed because we had control of the game, we played quite well in the first half, we couldn’t score and they scored from our mistake.
“We are disappointed because we have been thinking from the beginning of the season about this Cup and now we are out of it.
“They have just once chance in the first half from a mistake and other than that we had pretty much nothing to do back there, the positive thing now is that we are still creating chances.
“When we score those chances, change our luck, then we will start to win games.”