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Carver insists Newcastle in FA Cup to win it

Newcastle United caretaker boss John Carver will play their strongest XI for their FA Cup tie with Leicester City.

Carver is a lifelong Newcastle fan and was just five years old when they last won a trophy - the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - in 1969.

"Four years ago, I was in Tenerife watching the game against Stevenage and let me tell you, I was really disappointed - and I had a few beers as well," he said. "Listen, there has been an awful lot made about cup runs so let me say this: Every game I go into I want to win, so I will put the best team on the pitch that I possibly can to win the game.

"I know exactly how much it means to the fans to have a cup run because I am one of them.

"I have been to an FA Cup final and a semi-final and I will never forget that reception. Although we lost to Manchester United in 1999, when we came out of the tunnel at Wembley, with our fans were behind us, it was quite emotional.

"So I know exactly what it means. I have actually been in the stands when we lost to Arsenal in the final in 1998, so I know what it is like and how important it is. So to get back there is one of the most important things in my eyes."


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