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Why the FA Cup highlights the serious lack of ambition at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley

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Newcastle United weren't able to get the job done at the first time of asking against Blackburn Rovers - and there is now a big question mark over their appetite to maintain their interest in the FA Cup beyond the trip to Ewood Park.

It contradicts what Mike Ashley said in 2015 when the empty words proceeded the final game of the season against West Ham, with the owner saying: "To win something.

The question mark hanging over Newcastle's hunger to succeed in the FA Cup has never been bigger.

Ask Toon chiefs what there priority is this season (like most seasons) and they'll tell you it's staying in the Premier League.

Three times in the space of a decade Newcastle fans headed to Ewood Park for FA Cup clashes, two of them replays, and a swarm of Toon fans invaded the sleepy Lancashire town.

The lack of transfer activity this month also shows what they really think of the FA Cup.

Going out of the FA Cup will add another gloomy chapter to Newcastle's season, just like it did back in August when a chance to start a League Cup run was turned down at Nottingham Forest.
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