Southampton vs. Newcastle – Eddie Howe: Pre-Match Press Convention

Newcastle will probably be again in your tv or favourite streaming service this Tuesday taking over Southampton within the first leg of a semi-finals conflict. You learn that proper, of us.

It was a sucky-sucky recreation final Saturday when Crystal Palace prevented the Magpies from scoring a objective in opposition to them seemingly for the twenty-seventh time this season, however alas. Palace ranks twelfth within the Premier League and Newcastle’s level helped them shut their twentieth matchday in third place sandwiched between each Mancunian golf equipment. Not dangerous!

The objectives have been missing in Premier League matchups of late however they’ve are available bunches in League Cup clashes. I can inform you I can absolutely dwell with that figuring out the following two video games on NUFC’s schedule belong to the extraordinary Carabao Battle Royal.

Howe took to the microphones and addressed essentially the most urgent questions by the media on Monday, forward of the matchup in opposition to Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24.

First issues first, Howe was requested in regards to the huge knockout-round video games in opposition to Southampton for the fitting of incomes a ticket to the Carabao Cup last and an opportunity for Newcastle to bag their first trophy within the final thousand years:

“We’re delighted to be the place we’re however the semi last itself is not sufficient.”

“In the end you need to get one step additional and I do know the gamers really feel the identical manner.”

“We need to make the top.”

Howe was then requested about tomorrow’s recreation particularly, in opposition to a struggling Southampton that sit lifeless final within the Premier League desk:

“We would like it to be a tie for the supporters. The one manner we are able to assure that’s by acting at our greatest.”

“We’re determined for the following step however we now have to take our thoughts off that and concentrate on the job and that’s to go to Southampton and carry out.”

Was the draw type to Newcastle by handing them the EPL’s backside dweller? Not a lot in keeping with Howe:

“Beating Leicester was our precedence and you then take no matter is in entrance of you.”

“We all know what we now have to do. It is going to be two actually troublesome video games for us. I am beneath no illusions of that.”

“Being within the semi-finals was all we cared about.”

Commenting on Southampton’s struggles by way of the primary half of the season and after appointing Nathan Jones in mid-November:

“It hasn’t been an enormous transition, Ralph (Hasenhuttl) had his manner of enjoying and Nathan (Jones) has his. There are delicate variations.”

“I love Nathan tremendously as a supervisor. He is completed very, very nicely in his profession. What a job he did at Luton and he is now gone to a brand new membership and needs to implement his concepts from him.”

“We all know with the brand new supervisor and gamers coming in, it is a totally different problem that we face than beneath Ralph.”

Transferring on to Newcastle’s personal 15-game unbeaten streak:

“[I’m] actually happy with the group for being as constant as we now have been.”

“It takes one off-day to finish that, so to go 15 video games (unbeaten) is vastly satisfying.”

“The disappointing factor is after Saturday it did not really feel like that—it felt like a defeat.”

About his on-form squad after getting back from the World Cup break:

“I believe we have performed nicely. The final performances have been of a excessive degree.”

“That is the very first thing you search for. How are they trying? Are we seeing what we’re executing in coaching on the pitch? Sure, we’re.”

“Is it excellent? No. Will it ever be? Not.”

“We would like extra objectives however I can not miss the hassle of the lads.

Talking of objectives, Howe was requested about what’s going on with Ryan Fraser, who has been left off the staff for some time now and could possibly be injured:

“[Fraser] is just not injured, he simply must maintain coaching laborious.”

“He is a valued member of the squad. I do know him higher than anybody and I do know what he is able to.”

“I would like to see him again in a Newcastle shirt.”

In fact, there have been questions on Bruno’s miraculous restoration and presence on Howe’s lineup final Saturday after leaving the pitch in tears only a week earlier:

“Bruno stated he felt 100% match to play [at Palace] and the medical staff have been completely satisfied he was OK.”

“His efficiency (in opposition to Palace), I believe confirmed that.”

“We’re actually happy that he got here by way of the sport wonderful.”

One other man who has returned not too long ago and who has already added yet another objective to his season tally, Alexander Isak, was additionally mentioned by Howe:

“[Isak] hasn’t had quite a lot of coaching time. We have had quite a lot of video games and between these you’ll be able to’t practice the gamers to the depth you need.”

“We have uncovered him to the video games, however at some stage he’ll want that coaching load to get to his easiest ranges.”

Howe did not supply many particulars about attainable reinforcements coming to Tyneside to strengthen the weakened midfield and ahead traces after the most recent accidents and gross sales:

“The membership try. That is the place we’re.”

“There is no constructive information to offer you.”

Not less than it looks as if all the switch outdoors noise and the inner developments on that entrance aren’t affecting Howe this season, in comparison with final yr when Dan Ashworth wasn’t but working for Newcastle and it was Howe who needed to cope with all the pieces:

“My first precedence is all the time the sport and the gamers I’ve right here.”

“Then as soon as that’s completed, we flip to the switch market and determine the gamers we really feel who could make the group stronger.”

“I attempt to shift my focus from one to a different.”

After a busy return to competitors after the World Cup beginning on Christmas, Newcastle discover themselves navigating a “softer” schedule as of late. There is no such thing as a Premier League motion scheduled for subsequent weekend so the Magpies will probably be enjoying simply as soon as this week and as soon as extra subsequent Tuesday earlier than they welcome again an EPL match subsequent month.

That is appropriate, there will probably be no extra league video games till after the switch deadline (Wednesday) so issues may or won’t look totally different by the point the EPL ball resumes rolling.

Are the lads from Southampton the weakest bunch participating within the Carabao Cup semi-finals slate? Perhaps. Are they nonetheless a semi-finals staff? You guess. Regardless of the case, Newcastle is simply two video games away from qualifying for his or her first last since endlessly.

One nice match on the street tomorrow and Newcastle would have a foot and a half into the League Cup last. One nice match at SJP in per week, and they might have sealed it.

Recreation by recreation, step-by-step, they’re getting there.


  • date: Tuesday, January twenty fourth
  • kick off: 20:00 BST / 15:00 EST
  • location: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton (England)
  • Broadcasts: DAZN (DOG) —ESPN+ (USES) — Sky Extremely HD, SKY GO Additional, TalkSport Radio UK, Sky Sports activities Soccer, Sky Sports activities Foremost Occasion, BBC Radio 5 Stay (UK)

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