Leon Best

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Striker Leon Best insists Newcastle United remain full of belief, despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

As well as exiting the famous cup competition, it meant back-to-back losses for the Magpies for only the second time this season, in what has been a fantastic campaign to date.

And with his side sat sixth in the Premier League table, Best explained that spirits on Tyneside are still high as they head into an important top flight game at Blackburn on Wednesday night.

"We will be looking to drive on and get back to winning ways," said the front man.

"It will be a tough game but we believe in ourselves. We've come here and lost, but we just need to get back to winning ways and we believe we can.

"It is good that we've got a game that quick to be able to do that.

"Obviously we are disappointed at losing today. I think they only had one chance and that was going wide, but a deflection took it in.

"We are disappointed to be out of the cup. We thought we could have done well and had a good run because a few big teams are already out of it.

"I don't think we played that bad here today. They played some good football and stopped us from doing certain things, but we weren't bad. It's a bit disappointing when you're not playing bad but still managing to lose."

And Best offered an apology to the 2,300 Newcastle supporters who turned out at the Amex Stadium to watch their side on Saturday night.

"It's always about them. When we win it's for them as well as the Club itself, because they are the Club," he said.

"We are devastated, and can only apologise to them. It's a long way for them to come and we will try to put things right for them on Wednesday at Blackburn."