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Howe eyes 'energetic performance' at Fulham

Howe eyes 'energetic performance' at Fulham
Howe eyes 'energetic performance' at Fulham

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe wants to see a "very energetic performance" from his side when they take on Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round on Saturday night.

The Magpies head to Craven Cottage looking to progress in the competition, having already despatched local rivals Sunderland 3-0 in the third round earlier this month.

United will now travel to the capital to take on Marco Silva's men in what will be their first outing for two weeks, with the brief mid-season break from Premier League action having offered them some time to regroup.

They will have to face the Cottagers without the services of Joelinton, though, after the Brazilian international was ruled out until May after undergoing thigh surgery - but Howe revealed that Jacob Murphy was nearing a return to action after his own injury problems.

Here are some of the main talking points that were covered at Howe's pre-match media briefing on Friday morning:

On what he wants to see from his Newcastle side this weekend...

'We are hopeful you will see a very energetic performance, and a very technical one, because we have put a lot of work into that.

'We are determined to do well. I believe in this team.'

On United's desire to progress in the FA Cup...

'It is a big moment in our season, as the Sunderland game was - this is an important competition for us now, a new dynamic because of what's gone before.

'We are desperate to get our best form back and progress.'

On the Magpies' injury and availability news...

'Jacob (Murphy) has trained and he has looked good - that is a big positive.

'Apart from that, no-one else has trained. Harvey (Barnes) and Callum (Wilson) are showing good signs.'

On Silva's Fulham side...

'It's a tough game - you look at the game they had against Liverpool the other day, it was close.

'Marco has done a brilliant job. I think they continue to improve and grow, which is always very difficult.'

On Joelinton, whose surgery was successful this week...

'It's a massive blow for us. We knew when he did the injury wasn’t good.

'It is a massive blow for us - he brings a different dynamic to our field. He will be a big miss, but we are going to have to do without.'