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Carabao Cup Semi-Final: What Howe and Jones said after the second leg

What Eddie Howe and Nathan Jones had to say after the Semi-Final second leg.

31 January 2023

As Newcastle United advanced to the Carabao Cup Final for the first time since 1976, here is what both Eddie Howe and Nathan Jones had to say following the full-time whistle.

Eddie Howe, Newcastle Manager: 

"It was an intense game. At 2-0, we were playing really well and their goals changed the dynamic. Part of our problem was the psychological aspect. Southampton had nothing to lose and we were feeling the pressure.


"You want to be in Finals of competitions to increase your status and make yourself more desirable for people to join. This is a club on the up. Team spirit and togetherness carry you a long way, it’s my job to protect it and try and increase it.


“We have great people in this club, connecting with the culture and trying to have a small tight-knit group is key. Ultimately it's a collection and the mindsets of everyone.”

North Shields-born Sean Longstaff scored both goals for Newcastle in a memorable night at St James' Park. 

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"He is pivotal. He's Newcastle through and through. I think he's an excellent payer and adding goals will only improve other people's awareness of that. He's been great this season.


"I've always believed he's an excellent finisher and converting that to a game is difficult. I always believe if you get in the right areas it will come together and he did that today."

When asked whether he will celebrate the win, Howe said: 

"At the moment this doesn't mean anything to me. It's about the club it's not about me. I'm proud to get to the Final but my thought is always for the club.


"The challenge comes in the next few days with preparing for West Ham. We need to get back to work and not let this impact our league form. You're always on to the next challenge.


"I've enjoyed tonight in a weird way but when you sit back and relax you come undone. You're always on edge looking to win the next game. We are going for everything. As much as we can achieve, we will go for."

Nathan Jones, Southampton Manager: 


"I'm disappointed with the first 20 minutes, we were far too passive. The goals were bad and we let runners drift into the box. We flagged up those runners into the box from the first leg but we didn't learn. 


"The reaction was fantastic, we got back into it and pushed them in the second half but we just weren't clinical enough. When we changed and tweaked the system they responded but certain things have to be better.


"Beating relegation is the key one. We've got big games coming up against tough opposition and we need to come through those games positively."


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