February 27th In the League Cup final, Newcastle lost 0-2 to Manchester United.
Newcastle coach Eddie Howe was interviewed by the BBC and Sky Sports after the game.
The game situation
Today we played very well both offensively and defensively. We tried our best, but we didn’t make breakthroughs at both ends.
We should have defended better from free kicks and the second conceded was fatal for us.
We did everything we could to get back into the competition of the game.
We had chances but we didn’t take them and that’s why we lost.
overall team performance
I don’t have any complaints about the way we played, obviously the score doesn’t tell how the team performed, that’s the cruel part of football.
Individually and as a whole, I think we played well, we just didn’t take chances in the box and we need to work on that.
I can’t take anything positive from a defeat, but I can take it from the performance of the team, the players who gave everything for the club.
Sorry we couldn’t win a trophy for our fans today.
We are at a very high level of competition right now and we need to close the gap.
Games are won and lost by small margins, so we need to improve and hopefully we can enjoy more days like this.
expectations for the future
I think we were in contention for the game until the end, but we never scored.
We probably had the best chance at the start of the game and we can be proud of our performance but we were not efficient enough in front of goal.
We don’t want the players to be distracted because it’s the final, they gave their all in the game.
It’s a process, we hope to get to this stage often, and it’s a long way from being the team we want to be.