Well, that's Newcastle's fault. In general, the EPL teams are more likely to win against non-EPL teams.
Some teams have easier paths to the later rounds than others, it's the nature of the draw.
No Coloccini (inj), and Tiote/Ba/Cisse (CAF) did not help Newcastle today.
Losses against Conference, League 2 and League 1 are unacceptable for any EPL team but the Championship has some very solid sides.
The problem for a club like Newcastle is that they've been more worried about survival in the EPL rather than progression. This year survival is almost guaranteed by now but they were missing 4 starters. Unlike a the larger clubs, Newcastle doesnt have the reserves to replace 4 starters with top quality.
FA Cup 5th Round Draw
1) Liverpool v Brighton
2) Everton v Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday
3) Chelsea v Birmingham City
4) Crawley Town v Stoke City
5) Stevenage v Tottenham Hotspur
6) Norwich City v Leicester City
7) Sunderland or Middlesbrough v Arsenal
8) Millwall or Southampton v Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham should all see the 6th round.
Last edited by njdevsfn95: 01-29-2012 at 11:55 AM.
In case anyone was curious, here's why there is no room for a preseason friendly
Monday, Jan. 16: Team reported to preseason camp at Red Bull Arena
Monday, Jan. 30: Team departs for Riviera Maya, Mexico
Wednesday, Feb 15: Team returns to New York area
Monday, Feb. 20: Team departs for Arizona
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake – Desert Cup
Thursday, Feb. 23: Red Bulls vs. Pumas - Red Bull Reto del Sol
Saturday, Feb. 25: Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution – Desert Cup
Wednesday, Feb. 29: Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – Desert Cup
Saturday, March 3: Desert Cup Finals and Third Place match
Sunday, March 4: Team returns to New York area
Sunday, March 11: Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium at 3:00 PM ET (TV: NBC Sports Network)