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United fielding a second-rate side.

ONCE again Newcastle United succumb to inferior opposition in the early stages of the country's second most important cup competition after fielding a ridiculously second-rate side.

Our "first" team currently readily accommodates the occasional reserve or squad player who can trap a ball and pass it (occasionally with accuracy), but where is the sense in fielding a team of them for an important cup match? Some of your readers may argue that this competition is unimportant. Try telling that to the reported 3,000 fans who travelled 400-plus miles to support their team on a working day. Try it again on those who have spent a lifetime supporting this team with no silverware to show for it (myself included).

The Carling Cup (in all its derided glory) represented Newcastle's best chance of winning something this season (other than promotion, which at best will be achieved by way of runner-up or play-off success). The fact that this squad is under-equipped to cope with a 46-match season let alone cup competitions is an exceedingly poor excuse for fielding a team that is not so much weakened as decimated.

Let us not forget that these over-paid, pampered, so-called professionals got us into this division; they should damn well gird their loins and get us out of it while at the same time taking full responsibility for a maximum performance in all other designated contests.

It has come to a sorry state of affairs when our club cannot properly contest two games a week come September!

CHRIS HUMBLE, Newcastle.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2009
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