Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce suggested that playing with fans at St. James Park would have made a difference and avoided their 2-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
In his comments after the loss, Bruce said that they were not aggressive enough and gave City too much respect.
"There’s no doubt at all it's bad enough playing Man City with 52,000 mad Geordies shouting their heads off. We wanted that and needed that. When you play these teams, you need your crowd to give you a lift. We were too passive with our first-half approach,” he said.
Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in both halves as Manchester City swatted aside a week Newcastle challenge to set up a semi-final clash with Arsenal.
Newcastle will face Bournemouth in their next English Premier League match.