Eddie Howe will use Newcastle's final defeat pain to spur Magpies on

‘We’re desperate to get back here and win a trophy’: Eddie Howe said he will use Newcastle’s pain at losing Carabao Cup final to spur Magpies on again, admitting his players ‘weren’t clinical enough’ against Man United

  • Newcastle United fell victim to Man United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley 
  • Magpies manager Eddie Howe wants to use defeat pain to spur them on again 
  • He insists his players will not let 2-0 loss distract them from the top four race 

Eddie Howe wants to use the pain of defeat in the Carabao Cup final to drive Newcastle back to Wembley in the future.

The head coach admitted the 2-0 defeat by Manchester United was similar to many of the matches during their recent drop-off in form – playing well but coming up short in key moments.

But Howe feels this journey to the final, Newcastle’s first in 24 years, is only the start for a club now under Saudi ownership.

‘We’re left with a feeling of defeat in the final, which is never nice, and we’re desperately disappointed,’ he said. ‘But already, for me, you look to the future and you’re desperate to get back here and win a trophy.

‘The supporters have been absolutely incredible for us this year, and to see them disappointed at the end hurts badly. The motivation and the thoughts have already turned to how we can get back here and win them the trophy that they deserve.

Eddie Howe said he will use the pain of Carabao Cup final defeat to spur Newcastle on again

Howe said the Wembley game continued his ongoing feeling that they ‘weren’t clinical enough’

‘But we have to improve. We can’t stand still, we can’t think that we’re something at this moment in time, we have to prove we are and go again.’

Of the game, he added: ‘I thought we were really good between both boxes. But in the boxes is where games are won and lost. I thought we didn’t get the big moments right defensively and with the chances we did have, we weren’t clinical enough. It’s probably a similar feeling to the one that I’ve had in recent weeks.’

Meanwhile, Howe believes Newcastle’s push for the top four will not be derailed by the low of a cup-final loss.

‘I don’t think that (the risk of a cup final hangover) will be an issue,’ he insisted. ‘These players have responded every time they’ve been questioned this season.

‘They will be disappointed today, and we’ve got a very difficult next game to come (Man City away on Saturday). It’s probably the most difficult in the football calendar, but that will be a great challenge for us to go into.’

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