Newcastle boss Howe 'pleased' to see VAR disallow Southampton goal

‘I thought it was a goal’: Newcastle boss Eddie Howe admits he was ‘very pleased to see VAR intervene’ and disallow Southampton equaliser in Carabao Cup win and hails ‘outstanding’ Nick Pope after yet another clean sheet

  • Joelinton scored after having an earlier effort ruled out for a dubious handball
  • Armstrong bundled the ball into the net a few minutes later but it was disallowed

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe admitted he was ‘very pleased to see VAR intervene’ and disallow a Southampton goal in their Carabao Cup victory on Tuesday night.

Joelinton fired Newcastle a step closer to Wembley with the winner in an action-packed semi-final first leg success at St Mary’s.

The Brazilian, who also saw a disallowed goal and was guilty of a bad miss, secured a 1-0 win for the Magpies by burying a low cross from substitute Alexander Isak with 17 minutes to go on a breathless evening.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was delighted with the hard-fought win at Southampton

Saints thought they had swiftly levelled through Newcastle academy graduate Adam Armstrong but his bundled effort was ruled out for handball following VAR intervention

Afterwards Howe told Sky Sports: ‘I thought it was a goal because I couldn’t see a handball in there, it just seemed to hit the net. 

‘I was very pleased to see VAR intervene on that one.

After missing an open goal, Joelinton scored the only goal of the game for the visiting Magpies

Alexander Isak came off the bench to set up Joelinton’s opening goal with a brilliant run

“It was a tough game. I thought both teams had their moments and I’m very pleased to win the game, but we know it’s only half-time and there’s a long way to go.’

Howe also saluted keeper Pope after a 10th consecutive clean sheet.

He added: ‘He’s been outstanding for us this year and the defence has played very well the majority of the time in front, but whenever he’s needed, he’s produced the goods for us. 

‘We created chances. We weren’t clinical until Joe’s goal, but it happens. And Nick made some good saves at the end, so it’s been a good night for us.’

Adam Armstrong thought he had equalised for Saints but his effort was ruled out for handball

Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope recorded his 10th consecutive clean sheet




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