The Newcastle FA Cup ‘dream’ became a very short lived one as Alan Pardew’s team allowed Cardiff a soft winner.
The third round defeat extends an absolutely dismal run of cup results under Mike Ashley and simply adds fuel to those who believe the NUFC Directors’ assertion that the cups aren’t a priority.
The Newcastle boss predictably had a slightly more positive spin and believed that United were in total control before a wonder finish and Newcastle losing their grip late on led to an undeserved exit.
“The Cup seems to elude us, in terms of getting a win.
“We have controlled the game for sixty five minutes, we score the goal and suddenly we lose the grip on the last period of the game.
“It was very disappointing and we have lost a goal at a set-play that we should never lose and it has cost us the game.
“The referee was going to blow and we kind of hesitated, he put the whistle to his lips which I was annoyed about, then he smashed it from god knows how far out – but the second goal was avoidable and we should have done a lot better.”
Wholesale changes to the team are never ideal and with the United manager repeatedly claiming he had his strongest Newcastle squad ever, fans will question why there was no squad rotation over the festive period to keep players at full fitness and help to avoid potential injuries.