Newcastle United suffered another early round cup exit last week.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson says he is 'really shocked' Newcastle crashed out of the FA Cup in he third round.
The Toon were defeated by Premier League strugglers Leicester City last weekend.
It was the fifth third round exit the club have suffered since Mike Ashley took over in 2007, with relatively recent memories of reaching the final under Sir Bobby Robson already seeming a lifetime away.
Merson told SkySports he was disappointed by their approach:
"I saw their loss away to Leicester in the FA Cup, and considering they haven’t won anything in my lifetime, I just don’t understand why they wouldn’t go for a cup run to please the fans.
"They’re not going to get relegated and they are not going to get into Europe, surely the club have got to try their hardest in the cups, their game at Leicester really shocked me."
His disappointment is nothing compared to frustrated fans, who booed the side off the pitch last weekend. But should he be surprised? Not really.
Newcastle have a terrible record in the cups, and this was not the moment to turn it around.
Days after Alan Pardew walked out on them, caretaker manager John Carver was attempting to prove his credentials, but it is always difficult for a stand-in boss and the players when a manager elects to depart a side in such deflating circumstances.
Newcastle travel to Chelsea this weekend, a side they beat at St James Park earlier in the season, but right now it would be even more of a shock if they did the double over the Blues
With Chelsea coming off a humiliating 5-3 loss to Spurs, and level on points with City, Newcastle head to Stamford Bridge lacking direction and possibly confidence, against a side with a real point to prove.
Merson said he expects Newcastle to lose 3-0 this weekend, bnut fans may worry the result could be even worse.