Yes I’m angry about what happened at Hull but…
There’s a lot of emotions flowing around in a Newcastle supporter’s head after a defeat like that.
A lot of Newcastle fans will feel a lot of anger, including myself.
I’m angry at the fact we, all in all, took the lead against 10 men and were beaten.
I’m angry we took 32 shots last night, yet only worked the ‘keeper on a couple occasions.
I’m angry at the lack of concentration in our inability to keep a lead for longer than 77 seconds, in a situation that meant so much to our supporters.
I’m angry (although sympathetic) that Matz Sels felt the need to parry that shot straight into Robert Snodgrass’ path, or that he couldn’t stop Tom Huddlestone’s penalty squirming through him.
I’m angry that Hull City themselves have their place in the semi finals. A club whose fan base will likely look to boycott their tie once more.
A two-legged semi final for Newcastle United would have seen sell outs home and away – our fans would have cherished the opportunity.
But, cup football doesn’t send through which fan base believes they deserve it the most, or which fan base have been starved of the most success.
It doesn’t always send through the better side on the night either. That’s just how the game is played.
My own overriding emotion is pure and simple, I’m gutted.
I may not have been able to experience a semi-final sellout or the hypothetical Wembley appearance that may have followed, I only have a lowly five loyalty points after all, but I would have been so, so proud of my team for getting there.
My team, who it seems 9/10 neutral football fans around the country want to fail.
My team, tagged with a delusion, hopelessly misunderstood for a simple pride in having a club to be proud of again.
I, and all Newcastle fans, would have cherished that cup run to last a little bit longer.
Instead we’ll face the mockery. The taunts of those down the road who had the wonderful honour (sarcasm) of being beaten finalists not too long ago.
We’ll face the taunts of fans who have been all too keen to remind us of our Championship standing, yet somehow find the means to tease us for being beaten away, on penalties, to a Premier League team. Logic.
But let us be reflective. Through the anger, disappointment and taunts we have to endure, we do have a football club to be proud of.
Think of the attitude towards success this club had not only two years ago, it was non-existent.
Newcastle remained as a football club whose only ambition was to survive, to subsidise, and to turn a profit.
We haven’t even took our place back in the Premier League and we’re all falling madly back in love with our football club.
We have a manager who has captured the hearts of a city who had grown weary of disappointment and mediocrity. We have players who care, who truly care, and will give all for the club.
The quality may not always come through, but you can see how badly those players want to succeed for this club and its fans.
Take a reflective look at the direction we’re going in, and it’s impossible to stay angry at being knocked out of the EFL Cup. We’re going to bounce back, we’re going to gain promotion, and we’re going to make ourselves a name to be feared again.
I love this football club again and I know you all do as well. Setbacks, anger and heartbreak are impossible to avoid in football. But take solace in the fact we want to achieve, we’re looking to thrive, not just to make do.
Bring on the rest of the season!
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(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Hull match go HERE)
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