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Newcastle eye Carabao Cup title as Wembley beckons

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SOUTHAMPTON: Newcastle United have one foot in the final of the Carabao Cup after a Joelinton strike saw them emerge victorious in the first leg of their last-four tie at Southampton.

The Brazilian popped up with a second-half winner after a VAR-impacted encounter had seen two goals ruled out for handball. The win means United just have to avoid defeat in the home return leg in seven days in order to make their first Wembley final since 1999.

Speaking after the encounter, head coach Eddie Howe said: “It was a tough game, both sides had their moments and had chances to win the game, but we know it’s only halftime 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. (Che) 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 defense 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.” Howe resisted the temptation to shuffle his pack after scoring just once in their last four games.

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