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Eddie Howe will do everything in his power to guide Newcastle to cup final

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe hopes the frequent pain of falling agonisingly short during his playing days can help his side avoid complacency in their quest to reach Wembley.The Magpies seized the initiative in their Carabao Cup semi-final with Southampton thanks to Tuesday evening’s 1-0 first-leg success at St Mary’s.Howe endured repeated heartache as a defender with Bournemouth in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the club persistently missed out on a play-off spot in the fourth tier.The 45-year-old admits those experiences have had a lasting effect and will prevent him from taking anything for granted going into next week’s decisive home leg.“I’m not thinking of the final, I’m thinking of the semi-final,” said Howe.“We’ve got a huge game to play.

We respect Southampton and the threats they have in their team and we need to make sure we’re at our best.“Unfortunately in my playing career I felt so many disappointments from potential moments of success that from my side I’m very calm, very level, knowing that there’s a lot of work to do.I will do everything in my power to make sure we're ready for next week“When I’d just broken into the first team, we missed out on the play-offs on the last day and we made a habit of doing that.“For me, they’re really good experiences to look back on because you can be close and just miss out.“I don’t want my players to experience that and I don’t want the club to experience that, so I will do everything in my power to make sure we’re ready for next week.”Joelinton’s 73rd-minute strike earned Newcastle a narrow advantage as he brushed off a disallowed goal and a shocking second-half miss.The Magpies were also indebted to a pair of fine saves from goalkeeper Nick Pope, who twice denied Che

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