Carling Cup woe leaves sour taste in the mouth
The last time Tyneside staged a Carling Cup tie, Mike Ashley partied in the Bigg Market until the wee hours and almost had the freedom of the city.
That game against Barnsley seems like a lifetime ago now but the defeat against Spurs left a sour taste in the mouths of the Geordie nation.
This time around, Ashley's seat was empty and Newcastle United were dumped out of the only competition they had any real shout of winning this season in front of one of the lowest crowds of the decade.
Most of the 20,000 plus crowd had long gone by the time Michael Owen netted his late strike and many of them will be wondering just what the short-term future holds for their side.
With no manager and a team crying out for leadership, Newcastle's players look like they are lacking in belief and looking like a team that don't know where their next win is coming from.
Talk of a saviour intensified tonight with Terry Venables the latest name to be bandied about for dugout duties while Nigerian takeover talk also gathered pace.
Yet just like the loss at West Ham did, the latest defeat merely pointed out that this is all pointing to a long hard winter.