FA Cup against lower league opposition.
Saturday’s defeat to Brighton sent the Magpies crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle, meaning the wait for domestic silverware goes into a 59th year.
Since the FA Cup last came to Tyneside in 1955, former Toon midfielder Solano featured in the side that came closest to matching that feat, reaching the final in 1999, where they were beaten by Manchester United.
The Peruvian believes the Magpies should have set out to challenge for the domestic trophy and sympathises with supporters after the latest disappointment in the club’s cup history.
“When you know you aren’t going to get a top-five finish in the Premier League then you HAVE to go for it in the FA Cup,” Solano told The Evening Chronicle. “I can’t understand why they haven’t.”
“I know that there are injuries but Newcastle weren’t at full strength against Brighton.
“The FA Cup was the best route to success. It gets you back into Europe and that was important because they won’t be going back there via the Premier League.
“I feel sorry for the supporters. You always have to go for it in the cup.
“In my first season we did it with Ruud Gullit and the city was buzzing all the way through to the final.
“The city loves a cup run, it gets everybody excited and it helps you win league games too. It is a nice distraction and you are better off being in it, even with extra games.”