After Callum Wilson gave the Magpies an early lead at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, they were destined to make it to the Carabao Cup semi-finals for the second consecutive season.
The visiting team’s defence remained strong as the Blues missed opportunity after opportunity until Trippier made a mistake in his attempt to head the ball back to goalie Martin Dubravka in the 92nd minute.
Mykhailo Mudryk was able to take advantage of this, scoring an equaliser to send the game to penalties.
All of Chelsea’s spot kicks were successful, although Trippier missed his opportunity to advance Newcastle’s second penalty kick, and Matt Ritchie’s attempt was turned away by Dorde Petrovic.
Since the Saudi-led takeover, Trippier has been one of Newcastle’s better acquisitions, but to the dismay of supporters, the England full-back has not been himself recently.
However, Howe has called on the team to come together in support of the 33-year-old, stating, “It’s now our turn to support Kieran after he’s given us so much.”
Since he takes great satisfaction in his technical proficiency and the calibre of his defensive work, I’m sure he doesn’t feel great.
“He’s been a game-changer for us, bringing the dressing room together.” He has been the beating heart of our shows.
Howe’s players didn’t need any guidance to accomplish this; following the shootout, the Magpies team rushed to embrace and console Trippier and Ritchie. This was a heartbreaking week for the team as they were also eliminated from the Champions League.
It aches a great deal. The manager continued, “It’s a very similar feeling to the end of the PSG game.”
“The boys gave everything they had, and we led for a very long time.” Despite our excellent defence, we were unable to cross the line. Every time we give in, it’s as a group and not as one individual.
I have nothing but praise for the players. We made an effort to shift our attention back to the game and ignore the reality that we were in a shootout to advance to the semifinals. It’s always a lottery in penalty shootouts, and we weren’t quite winning that time.