Derby win would be perfect way to recover; Humbled United's shot at redemption.
IT was humiliating, embarrassing and demoralising - but you have to start all over again and get on with life.
I'm not talking about Stevenage, I'm talking about Hereford United in 1972.
We lost at Edgar Street and were the butt of the jokes, but in the next game we went to Old Trafford and beat Manchester United and George Best in a 2-0 win.
I hope the current crop of Newcastle players can take some solace from that because believe me there is no better place for the United of 2011 to redeem themselves than at the Stadium of Light this coming Sunday.
Stevenage was a major kick in the teeth for everybody connected with United, and the players looked shellshocked after they filed off the muddy pitch at Broadhall Way and down the tunnel.
I don't know what it was on Saturday night, whether the players thought the FA Cup had lost a bit of glamour or they underestimated Stevenage, but that was the worst I have seen Newcastle play for many, many years.
Stevenage were up for it, and the first half wasn't so bad.
But in the second, I think Newcastle were victims of waiting for the game to come to them rather than going for it and trying to force the issue.
When Newcastle started to stand back, Stevenage grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and pushed on to build up that 2-0 lead. It was a mountain to climb at that stage, but I hadn't completely discounted a comeback.
Cheik Tiote's sending-off made it harder - yet I still think he's come away with the ball.
That said, the modern rules are such that if you launch yourself off the ground with both feet you have a good chance of getting sent off.
In my day, you would never have been sent off for ONE tackle.
But that's the game of yesterday - today's game is more sensitive to those type of challenges and Tiote has fallen victim to it.
Missing the Sunderland game will be a steep learning curve for him in this field, but to be honest it was out of character for him. I don't know where that tackle came from.
Nevertheless, everybody has to move on and quickly - as I say, there is no better place than at Sunderland to get back on track.
Stevenage is history now and it won't count towards anything.
After Hereford we were determined to put things right because we were hurting badly - in truth we couldn't wait for the next game to come.
We'd have played Man United in a car park the next day if we could.
And that's the attitude I hope Newcastle players have going into the derby. Because come Sunday night, nobody will be talking about Stevenage and the FA Cup if Newcastle fans are celebrating six points this season against Sunderland.