Kieran Trippier sent out a defiant message in the wake of Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley yesterday.
We will be back
Speaking to NUFC TV after the game, Kieran Trippier was, of course, devastated, but was also keen to express how proud he was of the lads for their efforts and has vowed that Newcastle will be back fighting for silverware again.
“It’s a massive achievement,” said Trippier, “I keep saying it but the lads have took huge steps, the club has took huge steps. Make no mistake we will be back in finals, of course we will be.
“This is just the start, we’ve had the taste of defeat. That will make us more hungry now to go again and come back to a final. But we will be back, that’s for sure.”
This echoed the sentiment of many fans with the Toon Army seeing this game as a free-hit for the Magpies. The fact that we were in a major cup final so early into the project started by Amanda Staveley and co just fifteen months ago it a phenomenal achievement. In reality, we weren’t expecting to be here for another couple of years yet.
We find ourselves in fifth place in the league just one year on since clawing our way out of a desperate relegation fight thanks to Eddie Howe‘s guidance. The turnaround at this club and the pace at which it has been done should never be taken for granted. We aren’t even half way through building the kind of squad that is capable of challenging for honours, yet here we are.
It is therefore easy to believe Trippier’s words: we will be back. We’ve waited 54 years for silverware, I’m sure we can hang on for another year or two until we get it right.
It’s just the beginning
The thing is now, we have the bit between our teeth. As Trippier said, we’ve tasted defeat and that’s just made us more hungry. That experience of Wembley yesterday, the big occasion, the amazing travelling support – all of that will feed into the players’ desire to get it right next time, and the more regularly we get to these positions, the less overwhelming it will become, and that’s when the trophies will come.
Yesterday was a disappointment, sure, but the world is still spinning and Newcastle United are just getting started.