Eddie Howe reacts to Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup win - and transfer links to Everton’s Anthony Gordon

Newcastle United won the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Southampton.

A Joelinton strike ensured Newcastle United go into the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final with a slender advantage.

The Brazilian popped up with a match-winning finish in the second half after smart work by Alexander Isak opened up the opportunity.

And here’s how head coach Eddie Howe reacted to the Southampton win - and the latest links to Everton attacker Anthony Gordon.

Joelinton of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the Carabao Cup Semi Final 1st Leg match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on January 24, 2023 in Southampton, England.

“Our approach was to win the game tonight,” Howe said. “It was very tight, I don’t think we were at our best today but I felt we did enough to deserve to win.

“There were a lot of talking points, obviously VAR was involved but we’re delighted to win.”

On the Gordon links, Howe said: “Honestly, I’ve got no idea. I’ve been preparing for the game. I wouldn’t comment on individual players anyway.”

Asked if United are closer to making a new signing, Howe added: “I don’t know, which I think is the right answer. I’ve got no idea, I’ve not checked my phone. We’re actively looking but I have no update for you.”