Alan Pardew is aiming to rectify a miserable domestic cup record at Morecambe tonight.
Newcastle have been beaten by Stevenage and Brighton twice since Pardew took over as manager. And it is a significant regret of the United boss that they have not made more of an impact on either the FA Cup or the League Cup in his three seasons in charge.
Morecambe tonight is another hurdle to be skipped for Pardew, who admits last season’s triumph by Swansea has given the entire Premier League hope.
He said: “It’s important to this football club, not for me in particular.
“We’re not going to win the Premier League, so what are we going to win? The best tag you can have next to your name is winner.
“Swansea won it last year, Wigan won the FA Cup, but they did go down. I think there was a time when the top clubs had a stranglehold on the cups as well.
“If we had got past Benfica I think we could have had a real crack at the Europa League, and it was won by a Premier League team.
“All the Premier League teams will change because we expect our squads to be good enough. We pay a lot of money for our players. Morecambe players would love to be playing in this comp for me, and that’s the same enthusiasm I want from mine.”
Newcastle had a difficult night against Scunthorpe at a similar stage two seasons ago and Pardew knows that it will be anything but easy against “tidy” League Two opposition.
He said: “My memory bank is full of these games as a player and as a manager. They are very difficult games.
“I’ve been in that position as well – a giantkilling position. It’s a no lose situation for them. They can let their hair down and have a real go at us.
“But we’ve got to be able to cope with that and hopefully bring a bit more quality to the pitch if we can.”