April 18, 2024

Newcastle United has had some big games this season. There have been exciting Champions League matches, as well as an FA Cup Tyne-Wear rivalry against Sunderland.

The biggest one, however, will be Tuesday night’s trip to Ewood Park. Newcastle United will play Blackburn Rovers for a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals, in what will be a season-defining encounter for the Magpies.

Newcastle have dropped to ninth place in the Premier League after a poor performance on Saturday night. It will be incredibly difficult for us to qualify for Europe, with the Magpies almost certain to miss out on Champions League football.

It has been a difficult season, but we now know what will define success. The FA Cup is our last true hope, which is why Tuesday’s game means so much.

That is not lost on Eddie Howe, who believes the game against Blackburn Rovers is Newcastle United’s most important of the season.


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Eddie Howe aware of FA Cup magnitude for Newcastle

Following Newcastle’s defeat to Arsenal, Eddie Howe spoke with the Athletic and summed up how important Tuesday night’s game is.

“In really, really challenging situations, the players have really stuck together and we have to do that now for Blackburn,” he added.

“This is the most important game of the season for us. And indeed, a lot depends on the next game.”

Newcastle under massive pressure against Blackburn Rovers

While Arsenal were fantastic on Saturday night, Newcastle were terrible. There is a lot of disappointment with the performance, which is why a response is critical in midweek.

It is not only critical that we respond, but that we proceed to the following round of the FA Cup. Losing to Premier League title contenders Arsenal is reasonable, but losing the cup to a Championship team will be unacceptable.

Newcastle United are under a lot of pressure to perform. They did it numerous times in the cup last season, but were always cheered on by a packed St James’ Park crowd.

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