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'Really good': Eddie Howe says 'outstanding' Newcastle player was brilliant in the final few minutes last night
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'Really good': Eddie Howe says 'outstanding' Newcastle player was brilliant in the final few minutes last night

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has praised the performance of Nick Pope in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth last night.

The Magpies got their season back underway in the EFL Cup last night and made it to the last eight thanks to an own goal by Adam Smith.

Another clean sheet was the bedrock of the win which gets the momentum going again and Howe was keen to praise Pope at full-time.

Howe told the club’s official website that Pope was impressive, especially in the closing stages of the game to ensure progress to the quarter-finals.

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Howe on Pope

Howe said of Pope: “At the end he made a couple of really good saves.

“In every game you’re going to need your goalkeeper at some point.

“We defended very well for the majority of the game but at the end they started to hit a lot of long, direct balls to Kieffer Moore and caused us a few problems.

“Nick stood up to that well.”

Pope of course went to the World Cup with England but did not play a minute as the Three Lions were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

He will have been kept sharp from training but he will perhaps need some match fitness to get back to his best ‘outstanding‘ form.

But last night was a brilliant start and with the frantic festive period coming, Pope will get plenty of matches as Newcastle look to keep the feel-good factor going.

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