I really wanted us to win that game…but now that it’s over and we haven’t gone through, I’m finding myself just not that bothered.
I’m mean yes of course, I’m gutted we lost, particularly in the manner we did (Is there ever a good way to lose a football match?)…and the headlines will sting again this morning. But it is not the end of the world.
The cup run was nice. To be fair we got a pretty favourable path to get to the semis and that allowed us to give some game time to what is a pretty big squad that Rafa has built.
As for the game itself, for the most part, it went the way I expected. We controlled that game for large periods and showed we could compete against a Premier League team. There was much about us that to me looked good, There was plenty of desire out there, we passed well and created enough good chances to take Hull out the game by half time.
That’s good going from us in my opinion. It’s a match we really should have won but that, I’m afraid, is football. And like life, football isn’t always fair.
Let’s just keep looking at the bigger picture. There’s a very much bigger prize we are still in the race for and that is promotion back to the top flight.
Now that we’re out, it means we can focus on what will be an important part of the season. The Christmas period. What we want to do now is put our focus on another winning run, extending our lead not just to 2nd place but to the play-offs while teams are taking points from each other.
This is another setback, potentially a huge one, so we cannot lose our heads. Rafa Benitez came in to our club to the delight of all of us! But even he cannot work miracles.
What I mean by this, is that we have already suffered setbacks in the time he has been with us. We got relegated, we have lost important home games in the league in the time he has been here. But in spite of all of this we were DESPERATE for him to stay here.
He could have moved on but he stayed with us because he wants to build something special with our club. In order to do that we are going to have to get promoted and a league cup trophy isn’t going to do that.
So I’m looking on the bright side. Here’s to more of the NUFC rollercoaster to come! :)
Bear up, Geordies! :) #HWTL
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Hull 1 Newcastle 1 (Hull win on penalties)
Newcastle: Diame 98
Hull: Snodgrass 99
Possession was Hull 39% Newcastle 61%
Total shots were Hull 12 Newcastle 32
Shots on target were Hull 3 Newcastle 5
Corners were Hull 3 Newcastle 7
Newcastle starting 11:
Sels, Anita (Yedlin 109), Clark, Lascelles, Lazaar, Hayden (Murphy 105), Shelvey, Ritchie (Atsu 81), Gouffran, Diame, Gayle
Darlow, Mbemba, Dummett, Tiote
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
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