The FA Cup...I'm Not A Big Fan
By Brad Dixon
Tuesday 11 Jan 2011 15:33:00
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I’m not the biggest fan of the FA Cup.  It was all magical and mystical when I was a kid and yes I stood there at Wembley in the 90’s crying as we failed to show up for yet another Cup final, but these days it’s all a bit of a nuisance to be honest.  Premiership survival is all that matters these days and we are still in a relegation fight, so let’s not get too carried away with it all.  So after playing what felt like a game every other day over Christmas the last thing we needed was a trip to Stevenage the week before the mackem game and a ‘tricky’ cup match.  Pardew blamed fatigue for the defeat, saying the players were running on empty.  Yes boss we all knew they would be so why the hell did you play them all?  With an injury list growing with every game and with a squad so poor in depth, the same players have had to play in every game; it was only a matter of time before they burnt out.  They did that at Tottenham and it happened again on Saturday.  Why risk our only two fit centre halves?  Why play Best when he could hardly walk off the pitch on Wednesday night?  Barton and Nolan should have been tucked up in bed resting after the marathon of games they have went through recently and I’m not even going there with Tiote!

Guthrie Kadar and Ferguson didn’t even get on?  They should have started with Smith, Routledge and the rest of the reserves.  The Stevenage game was a game too far for most of them.  Pardew would have shown more bottle if he had rested them all and stuck his neck on the line with the reserves.  Let’s hope we got out of it with only the loss of Tiote from the mackem game, even if he was the one player we couldn’t afford to lose.


So the mackem game is on the menu this week, where revenge will surely be the main dish served up on the menu for Bruce and Co after what happened at St James.  For all our laughing and mocking and p1ss taking after the 5-1 massacre we have to come back to down to earth this weekend and face the reality that they are all going to be bang up for this one and hell bent on turning us over big time.  They will remember the 5 goals, the crowd laughing at Bramble’s sending off and the abuse Bruce received throughout the game not to mention the music we played as we celebrated winning.  I’m worried off the pitch too.  I imagine the locals waiting for our lads foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs, blood thirsty and waiting to give us the welcome to hell.  But enough about a night out in Seaburn! We have to forget all this and remember it is sunderland we are talking about, our smaller inferior neighbours and after all we are Newcastle United.  We must remember to stand tall, shake our keys with pride, have our red and white pot at the ready and remember hero’s such as Beardsley, O’Brien and now Nolan and let them throw at us the same abuse they have done for as long as I can remember while we all laugh and poke fun at them.  I won’t be there on Sunday, but if you are crossing enemy lines then take this with you.  As my dad always reminded me before we left the away end at Roker Park many moons ago......

’ Don’t forget to wipe your feet when you leave son’

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