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Newcastle boss Howe on Cup semifinal win: Two saves were crucial

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe was delighted after their 1-0 win at Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

Newcastle now hold the advantage in the two-leg semifinal thanks to Joelinton's goal.

Howe said, "Tough game, both sides had their moments and had chances to win the game, but we know it's only half time and there's a long way to go.

"We created chances today, we weren't clinical until the goal.

"It's been a good day but there's still a long way to go in the tie. I can't be critical in any way. We defended well, Nick made some big saves again.

"The two saves he made were big moments. Adams' one-on-one was at a huge time in the game when they were growing into it and the crowd were getting up but Nick stepped up and kept us in it.

"He's been outstanding for us this year, the defence has played very well in front of him but when called upon he's delivered for us.

"Pleased to win, that was our aim but we know 1-0 is delicate nothing is decided.

"We go back to St James' with our fans behind us."

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