By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Shane Ferguson has promised Newcastle will aim to make up for their FA Cup exit at Brighton by claiming three Barclays Premier League points at Blackburn next week.
United were dumped out of the competition by the Championship side after a 1-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium, with Mike Williamson's unfortunate own goal proving the difference.
But the Magpies have an opportunity to redeem themselves in just four days' time when they travel to Ewood Park, and Ferguson insists he and his team-mates are desperate to do exactly that.
"That's what all the lads were saying in the dressing room," revealed Ferguson as he spoke exclusively to nufc.co.uk.
"We just want the match on Wednesday to come around, try our best to get three points and move on from this one.
"Fair play to the fans for coming this far. We want to repay the fans because they've been brilliant to us all season."
With holders Manchester City already out of the competition, another much-fancied side were also knocked out on Saturday when Manchester United lost at Liverpool.
But missed chances cost Alan Pardew's side, who were also unlucky not to be awarded a late penalty for what looked to be a clear handball from Seagulls striker Ashley Barnes.
Ferguson said: "We felt at the start of the match that there was a chance to do well in the competition.
"A lot of the big teams are out now and we thought there was a good chance for us, but it just wasn't our day.
"We're all disappointed because we thought we could have came away with something - even a draw would have done.
"But we're disappointed because we played well today but just didn't take the chances when we had them.
"To be fair to Brighton, they did well too and they deserve the plaudits they'll get, but it's not nice to be on the wrong side of."
At least Ferguson had some reason to be cheerful, as the Northern Irish youngster made only his third appearance of the season as an 83rd minute substitute.
He was lively when he came on, and said: "I really enjoyed it - it was just good to get back on the pitch again.
"It's always good to play and hopefully I'll get on next time too."