NEWCASTLE UNITED face another long away trip in the League Cup after drawing Crystal Palace away from home in round three.
The Magpies knocked out Gillingham in the second round but did not earn any home comforts and fans must travel to south London to see if they can progress any further.
Newcastle face a dress rehersal this weekend as Neil Warnock brings his side to Tyneside before the clash at Selhurst Park next month.
Alan Pardew has told Newcastle United fans that this season things will be different.
He felt that United's sluggish start to last season was caused to the "disruption" of Yohan Cabaye's complicated breakdown of his failed move to Arsenal.
He told fans he was an "honest person" and he was working hard to bring success to St James' Park.
There was also a suggestion that he needed more time to "grow" this team.
NEWCASTLE UNITED have been drawn away to Gillingham in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
The game will take place the week commencing August 25.
It means that the Toon Army now face a 610 round mile trip to Kent to face the League One outfit.
It was obvious watching Newcastle United against Real Sociedad that they have the talent and work-rate to beat Manchester City next Sunday at St James' Park.
But has Alan Pardew got the tactics and game plan to carry out a result that will reduce the pressure on him significantly in week one?
Last season, the Magpies lost a lot of games because they failed to take their chances in key parts of games before sloppy patches put the chances of getting a result beyond them.
SIEM DE Jong has overcome a foot injury in New Zealand and Alan Pardew wants to start him in the clash with Wellington Phoenix.
The Dutch international picked up the knock in the 4-0 win in Dunedin on Tuesday night and he missed training sessions in Wellington.
Pardew said: "Siem will not train today but we think he will be OK for the game."
ALAN PARDEW has called for calmness ahead of Newcastle United's clash with Wellington Phoenix.
The Phoenix faced up to West Ham on Wednesday night and Louis Fenton's tackle on Cheikhou Kouyate has resulted in big headlines in New Zealand.
Indeed, punters are talking about the tackle that left the West Ham man on crutches.
Newcastle United will show they mean business if they complete the deal for Remy Cabella.
And in signing the French international playmaker they can help change the mood of supporters who have grown used to treading carefully when it comes to talk of recruitment.
Should thing go to plan in the coming days Cabella's addition would go with Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong.
Throw in a new right-back and a couple of strikers and there could be a different take on the season ahead.
Luuk de Jong didn't enjoy the best of stints at Newcastle United - even he admitted that.
In 12 games sadly, De Jong junior didn't look like scoring for the Magpies, but that's just what happens with strikers.
They all go through a barren spell from time to time, only for De Jong it came during the a time when he needed to shine.
NEWCASTLE UNITED have completed the signing of Siem de Jong.
Chroniclelive were first to bring you news of the arrival of the Ajax star and he has revealed his delight at signing for the Magpies.
After putting the finishing touches to the deal, De Jong - brother of loan signing Luuk - said: "It is great to have signed for Newcastle.
"It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here.
"I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country.
"Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.
"I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new teammates and hopefully we can have a successful season."
Seeing Cheick Tiote bow out of the World Cup in such agonising fashion wasn't fun to watch for Newcastle United fans.
Tiote has built up a great rapport with Newcastle fans and many of them had adopted Les Éléphants as their team during the finals in Brazil.
The aim of the Ivory Coast was clearly to get to at least the last 16 after going out of the last two World Cups at the group stage.
But a last gasp penalty dumped them out of the competition and put Tiote on the plane home.