Allan Saint-Maximin says Newcastle aren’t bothered who they get in the Carabao Cup draw


    Allan Saint-Maximin
    Allan Saint-Maximin came on as a sub during the victory over Bournemouth (Picture: Shutterstock)

    Allan Saint-Maximin insists Newcastle do not care who they draw in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as they attempt to end their long trophy drought.

    The Magpies last collected domestic silverware in 1955 but hopes have been raised after a hard-fought 1-0 fourth-round victory over Premier League rivals Bournemouth on Tuesday.

    That ensured their place in the hat for tonight’s last-eight draw with head coach Eddie Howe hoping for another home tie, but Saint-Maximin is not too concerned about who they face.

    The French winger said: ‘We don’t care, we only look at us. We are going to do everything we can to play against anybody and we just need to focus on ourselves and go game by game. If we do that, we will win as many games as possible.’

    After a period under previous owner Mike Ashley during which the club’s hierarchy made it clear cup success was not a priority, the cash invested by the current Saudi-backed regime has helped former Bournemouth manager Howe to build a squad capable of fighting on all fronts.

    Asked if they could lift the trophy, Saint-Maximin, who was used only as a substitute as Howe continued to manage his return from injury, said: ‘For that, we always need luck, and we need to play very well. Let’s see what happens next.’

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