Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye eyes cup success

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YOHAN Cabaye is targeting FA Cup glory at Newcastle United.

Cabaye won a league and cup double in France with Lille last season.

The midfielder believes the spirit at United matches that of his all-conquering former club.

Newcastle take on Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday in a fourth-round tie, and Cabaye’s confident he and his team-mates can quickly put last weekend’s 5-2 defeat to Fulham behind them.

“I won the French Cup last year, and I want to keep winning cups,” Cabaye said.

“The spirit has to be right. I hope that we have a similar spirit to what we had at Lille last year.

“We need to keep going in this competition. We have the FA Cup, and it’s a massive objective for us.

“We’re ready for this game. All we can do is learn from Fulham, and draw a line through it. We need to keep going in this competition.

“We know how important it is for the fans, the city and the club – everyone.”

United, however, will have to do it without Cheik Tiote, Papiss Demba Cisse and Demba Ba, who are away at the African Cup of Nations.

“It’s not an excuse for us,” added Cabaye.

“We have 11 players that make up a good team, and some good substitutes.

“We don’t have to talk about the African Cup of Nations.

“We have players away but that is football. We knew it was happening, so we get on with it. It’s not an excuse having players away.”

Cabaye shrugged off an ankle problem to line up at Craven Cottage.

The 26-year-old left the field bitterly disappointed after a second-half capitulation saw Fulham come from behind and win convincingly.

“It’s the most upset I’ve been – it was a very bad game for us,” said the France international.

“It’s English football, though. In France if you lead 1-0, you usually win 1-0.

“Here if you switch off, it can all go wrong. You can be winning after 80 minutes, but you can lose everything.”

H Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be back on Tyneside earlier than expected after Senegal were elminated from the Africa Cup of Nations.

They lost 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea to crash out of the tournament after just two games.

David Kily’s stunning stoppage-time strike sent co-hosts Equatorial Guinea into the quarter-finals. Kily struck a long-range effort deep into time added on after Moussa Sow’s 89th-minute strike for Senegal had cancelled out Randy’s opener after 62 minutes.