Ayoze Perez demands Newcastle United take the FA Cup seriously this season to give their suffering fans something to cheer.
Newcastle are currently residing in the Premier League relegation zone and have failed to put together a cup run of any merit in recent seasons.
Earlier this season the Magpies were knocked out of the League Cup by Sheffield Wednesday and the club haven’t won a match in the FA Cup for four years – the last time they made it past the fourth round was a decade ago.
“The fans need something more from us in those competitions. We want to fight for the FA Cup, and try to get as far as we can,” Perez told the Daily Mirror.
“Part of being a player at this club is knowing how long they have not won a trophy. We have not even got past the fourth round much in recent seasons, and that is a tradition we have to change. We have to look after the FA Cup this season.
“Every competition, we have to fight for it. It’s 61 years in May since Newcastle last won it, such a long time ago. We have a chance.”
Newcastle face a tough task to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup as they travel to high-flying Watford on Saturday.
The pressure once more is mounting on manager Steve McClaren, who insists he will not play a weakened side.
“Yeah, yep. I’m absolutely confident we can have a go at that,” he said.
“We’ll play a strong team and every game is important. The FA Cup is as important as any other game. It’s another game we want to win.”