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Eddie Howe on pride, breaking records, transfers, fitness and wanting more at Newcastle United

Eddie Howe now faces arguably the two most important matches of this Newcastle United season, so far.

The very first time that he has taken a team to the League Cup semi-final stage, whilst for Newcastle United it has been a 47 year wait.

So plenty of positives for starters there, neither Eddie Howe nor Newcastle United, have ever lost a League Cup semi-final…

Going into this double header against Southampton seven days apart, Eddie Howe has created a bit of history.

Only a point at Selhurst Park but 15 games unbeaten in the top tier is one more than Newcastle United have ever managed before.

The record of NUFC in the League Cup (currently branded Carabao Cup) is woeful, the entire 60+ year history of the competition seeing only that one previous semi-final in 1976, which led to defeat in the final. It could only happen to Newcastle United, NUFC fan Dennis Tueart scoring a spectacular winner for Man City.

Eddie Howe not standing on the brink of real history, needing to get past Southampton and then it would be facing either Forest or Man U at Wembley.

Eddie Howe has been speaking to journalists on Monday morning, ahead of Tuesday night’s semi-final first leg:

“We are proud to be where we are but we want more.

“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.

“We want it to be a tie for the supporters.

“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.”

Eddie Howe on the point at Crystal Palace:

“The expectations are so high internally and externally and we’re very motivated as a group, so we were disappointed with the result.

We need to keep perspective at all times with how well the players are doing and make sure they don’t feel any negativity going into tomorrow.”

Eddie Howe on creating history, Newcastle United going 15 top tier games unbeaten:

“Really proud of the group for being as consistent…


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