Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez wants the club to enjoy an extended run in this season’s FA Cup and perhaps even win the competition for the first time in 61 years.
The Magpies have not made it past the fourth round of the tournament since they reached the quarter-finals in 2006 and they have been eliminated at the third round stage in each of the last three seasons.
Steve McClaren’s side will take on Watford in the third round of this year’s competition at Vicarage Road on Saturday, and Spaniard Perez is desperate to help the club improve on their recent cup struggles.
He said: “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.”
The former Tenerife player believes the club can realistically win the FA Cup this season and secure their first major honour of any kind since their triumph in the Fairs Cup in 1969.
He added: “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. Part of being a player at this club is knowing how long they have not won a trophy.”
The North East club must first negotiate their way past Quique Sanchez Flores’ side on Saturday and that will be no easy task, as they were defeated 2-1 by the Hornets at St James’ Park earlier in the season.
The Magpies are the 4.33 outsiders to secure victory in Hertfordshire, whilst the host’s are available at 1.80 and the draw is priced at 3.60.