ALAN Pardew’s told his team to make their own luck in the FA Cup – and avoid another upset in the competition.
The club has been knocked out by tomorrow’s opponents Brighton and Hove Albion and Stevenage under Pardew.
And Newcastle head to the Amex Stadium after a desperate run of Premier League results which has left them in a relegation battle.
The game has again been chosen for live TV broadcast – and Gus Poyet’s Brighton will be hopeful of another upset.
“They (the TV broadcasters) want a headline for the FA Cup, and we managed to give it to them,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“The simple answer is to win – it’s no one’s fault but our own.
“We had Stevenage on an awful night with a weak side in terms of injuries and players that weren’t available.
“We went out to Brighton, but gave a good account of ourselves. We didn’t get any breaks.
“I think we’re due a bit (of luck). Hopefully, we’ll have a bit of luck, and get ourselves at home in the fourth round.”
An own goal from Mike Williamson gave Brighton a 1-0 win in the fourth round last year.
And Pardew felt a return was on the cards as soon as Poyet’s side – who are ninth in the Championship – were handed a home tie in the third-round draw.
He said: “As soon as Brighton’s name came out, I said ‘that’s us!’.
“And there we were. It didn’t surprise me. It was a funny game last year – I thought we played quite well.
“They played some fantastic football, and I like the way the play.
“We stopped them playing last year, and we had three or four big chances. Then we got done on a breakaway. and ended up losing the game.
“They’re a diligent side – they defended very well – and I noticed their record in the Championship is the second-best in the league.
“They’ve got good defenders, and they’re difficult to break down.
“It’s going to be no surprise to us. It’s a tough game.”