Newcastle set up a last-16 tie against big Manchester City in the Capital One Cup after seeing off the challenged of Leeds United with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night and Sylvain Marveaux has insisted that the Magpies can go all the way.
Goals from Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran were enough for Newcastle who are seeking to end a 58-year-old wait for some domestic silverware.
It was widely muted by fans that Alan Pardew would rotate his squad rather than field a full strength side in the competition but Marveaux admits there is a real hunger in the squad to win a trophy this campaign.
Marveaux told reporters: “Cup games are really important for us. You never know, if you can win a few games you can win something and that would create history. We want to do that, we want to be the men who end the wait for a trophy here.
“Don’t forget, most players in this squad have not won anything in their careers. One or two are lucky enough to have done but the rest of us want to win medals and this is an opportunity to do that.
“Why would we not take it seriously when there is that reward at the end of it? It means we will give 100% in the cup games, just as we do in the league.”
Newcastle have made a decent start to the Premier League campaign despite murmurs of discontent from the fans about the sides lack of additions to the squad in the summer transfer window.
Pardew made five changes to the team which lost to Hull City at the weekend and Marveaux believes the players have shown their is a depth to the squad following the win over the Leeds.
The 27-year-old said: “It was a big game for a lot of players on Wednesday. Those who came into the side really wanted to play well for ourselves and the team.
“We wanted to show the manager what we can do and we did not want to lose. I think everyone did their job. The atmosphere in this group has always been good – that is not a problem.
“I agree with the manager that the team spirit is very good in the group. I think the players that came in proved they are good enough for the first team.
“We have a great squad and the manager has a difficult choice – he can only choose 11 players.”
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