Howe took to the microphones and addressed the most pressing questions by the media on Monday, ahead of the matchup against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. First things first, Howe was asked about the massive knockout-round games against Southampton for the right of earning a ticket to the Carabao Cup final and a chance for Newcastle to bag their first trophy in the last thousand years: “We’re delighted to be where we are but the semi final itself isn’t enough. ” “Ultimately you want to get one step further and I know the players feel the same way. ” “We want to make the final. ” Howe was then asked about tomorrow’s game in particular, against a struggling Southampton that sit dead last in the Premier League table: “We want it to be a tie for the supporters.
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Southampton vs Newcastle, League Cup semifinal: How to watch live, stream link, team newsSouthampton host Newcastle in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal on Tuesday, with these two Premier League teams having very different seasons. SOUTHAMPTON v NEWCASTLE LIVENathan Jones and Saints are bottom of the Premier League table but cup competitions have provided them with respite in recent weeks. Their impressive home win against Manchester City to reach the semis shows what they’re capable of and although Premier League safety is their main priority, Saints have been a pretty decent cup team recently with two FA Cup semifinals, one League Cup final and now this League Cup semifinal over the past seven seasons.
” “He’s a valued member of the squad. I know him better than anyone and I know what he’s capable of. ” “I’d love to see him back in a Newcastle shirt. ” Of course, there were questions about Bruno’s miraculous recovery and presence on Howe’s lineup last Saturday after leaving the pitch in tears just a week earlier: “Bruno said he felt 100% fit to play [at Palace] and the medical team were absolutely convinced he was OK.
Saints will try to keep things tight ahead of the return game at Newcastle next Tuesday. Newcastle continue to be very solid defensively but Eddie Howe has admitted he is concerned by their lack of goals. The Magpies have scored just once in their last four Premier League games and have drawn three of their last four 0-0. With Chris Wood allowed to leave for Nottingham Forest last week, it seems like Newcastle are hoping Alexander Isak hits top form after his injury or they may dip into the transfer market for a new striker. Everyone expects Newcastle to advance from this semifinal and they will be looking to take a healthy lead back to St James’ Park for the second leg.
” “His performance (against Palace), I think showed that. ” “We’re really pleased that he came through the game fine. ” Another man who has returned recently and who has already added one more goal to his season tally, Alexander Isak, was also discussed by Howe: “[Isak] hasn’t had a lot of training time. We’ve had a lot of games and between those you can’t train the players to the intensity you want.
The only way we can guarantee that is by performing at our best. ” “We’re desperate for the next step but we have to take our mind off that and focus on the job and that is to go to Southampton and perform. ” Was the draw kind to Newcastle by handing them the EPL’s bottom dweller? Not so much according to Howe: “Beating Leicester was our priority and then you take whatever is in front of you. ” “We know what we have to do. It’s going to be two really difficult games for us. I’m under no illusions of that.
” “It takes one off-day to end that, so to go 15 games (unbeaten) is hugely satisfying. ” “The disappointing thing is after Saturday it didn’t feel like that—it felt like a defeat. ” About his on-form squad after returning from the World Cup break: “I think we’ve played well. The general performances have been of a high level. ” “That’s the first thing you look for. How are they looking? Are we seeing what we’re executing in training on the pitch? Yes, we are. ” “Is it perfect? No. Will it ever be? No. ” “We’d like more goals but I can’t fault the effort of the lads. Speaking of goals, Howe was asked about what is going on with Ryan Fraser, who has been left off the team for a while now and could be injured: “[Fraser] is not injured, he just needs to keep training hard.
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” “Being in the semi-finals was all we cared about. ” Commenting on Southampton’s struggles through the first half of the season and after appointing Nathan Jones in mid-November: “It hasn’t been a huge transition, Ralph (Hasenhuttl) had his way of playing and Nathan (Jones) has his. There are subtle differences. ” “I admire Nathan greatly as a manager. He’s done very, very well in his career. What a job he did at Luton and he’s now gone to a new club and wants to implement his ideas. ” “We know with the new manager and players coming in, it’s a different challenge that we face than under Ralph. ” Moving on to Newcastle’s own 15-game unbeaten streak: “[I’m] really proud of the group for being as consistent as we have been.
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