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Newcastle boss Howe happy Anderson proved his gamble right in Cup shootout

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has explained his reasoning behind a substitution in the FA Cup.

The Magpies were lucky to progress to the quarter finals, beating Blackburn Rovers on penalties in midweek.

During the game, Howe brought on a half-fit Elliot Anderson in place of youngster Lewis Miley.

Speaking at his post-game press conference, he said: "I've had a few penalty shoot outs in my career but I prefer them as a player.

“It's a strange feeling because you are so out of control.

"But a lot was riding on today's outcome. I thought the players managed the moment brilliantly, the goalkeeper and outfield players who took the penalties. It was a big moment in our season."

Howe added on Anderson: "It is worth noting how much I trust him. Because at that moment I was bringing him on to take a penalty and I took Lewis off and put Elliot on. I trust him for the big moments. He is technically very good and is a set-piece and penalty taker.

"But he hasn't played and hasn't really trained.

"He has worked incredibly hard on his rehab and he has come in from the cold really. So big credit to him for how he took his penalty."

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