Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Yedlin Is Hoping Early Cup Exits Are a Thing of the Past for Magpies

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Yedlin Is Hoping Early Cup Exits Are a Thing of the Past for Magpies

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer @lee_ryder

Newcastle United players celebrate against Birmingham Newcastle supporters turned up in numbers for the FA Cup replay against Birmingham DEANDRE Yedlin does not need to be told what the FA Cup means to Newcastle United fans.

Were the Magpies to beat Oxford United this weekend they will earn a place in the fifth round for the first time in 11 years.

In 2006 Glenn Roeder's side battled through to the FA Cup quarterfinals but lost narrowly to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Since that cup run, though, United fans have been haunted by a host of third-round exits against the likes of Stevenage, Cardiff and Leicester.

Yet despite Newcastle's slight blip in form at the turn of the year, at least Rafa Benitez managed to end thatmiserable run in the FA Cup by becoming the first manager to guide the club beyond the first hurdle in half a decade.

USA international Yedlin suggested that winning mentality in the competition is rubbing off on the players.

The 23-year-old told the Chronicle: "I knew what a big tournament it was before I come to England. We cannot overlook Oxford.

"We are going to their home ground and it will be a tough place to play.

"They are a lower-league team and it is always tough in this situation. If we can play to our potential we will be all right."

Newcastle went close to the semifinals of the EFL Cup before bowing out at Hull City on penalties at the KCOM Stadium in December.

Benitez has made it clear promotion is the priority at United this season but will not accept anything other than a winning mentality in the domestic cups - regardless of what type of team he picks for the clash at the Kassam Stadium.

Yedlin added: "It isan opportunity.

Every competition you play in you want to do well so we will be looking to do well for ourselves, the club and the fans. …

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