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Thursday, 25 September 2008

Newcastle and Tottenham are billing their Carling Cup third-round tie as a must-win game as the two Premier League strugglers look to get back to form, reports BBC.

Spurs prop up the table with Newcastle just above them after tough starts to the season on and off the pitch.
 
"It's important we win. It would be great for team spirit," Magpies captain Michael Owen told the BBC.
 
And Tottenham stand-in skipper Jermaine Jenas said: "It's a huge game but then every game is vital at the minute."
Owen says the departure of manager Kevin Keegan should not be used as an excuse for Newcastle's recent poor results.
 
"Kevin Keegan was a very popular person among the players and the fans, so it did set us back a bit," he said.
 
"It's the responsibility of a few players and a few people to make sure we haven't got any excuses. It's up to everyone to find an extra five or 10%."
 
The club are still searching for Keegan's replacement and a new owner as Mike Ashley looks to sell the St James' Park club.
 
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton says the Carling Cup is a chance to win back some of the clubs unhappy fans.
He stated: "Winning the Carling Cup is something we talked about doing at the very start of the season, we saw Spurs win it last season and how much it meant to their supporters so we would love to do the same for our fans."
 
And Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper thinks the team can use the game to silence some critics.
 
"We're probably an easy target at the minute for the media but we've seen it all before at this club and we've got to go out and prove it on the pitch," added Harper.
 
Tottenham boss Juande Ramos believes a win for the Carling Cup holders could boost his side's league form.
 
"We have to just keep working hard together and I hope the Carling Cup competition will lift the players. We need a win in a different competition to help us gain confidence in the Premier League," said Ramos.

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