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Wes Morgan fancies a good cup run starting with beating Newcastle United

3 months ago
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Wes Morgan has been talking ahead of tonight’s match against Newcastle United.

The Leicester captain fancies adding a cup to the Premier League trophy the Foxes won in 2016.

Speaking ahead of the game he says ‘Newcastle won’t be easy but we want to go far in competitions.’

The cups have of course being a joke during Mike Ashley’s reign at St James Park.

A club actually having a policy of not trying in the cup competitions. Can it get any worse than that.

Mike Ashley has though insisted that has all changed and that everything is going to be thrown at the cups, the owner saying that he is so happy that at last he has a head coach who is determined to do everything he can to win a trophy.

Steve Bruce had promised to play his very strongest teams in the cup competitions this season, something which will be tested for the first time tonight.

Wes Morgan has bemoaned Leicester’s luck in the League Cup, knocked out by the eventual winners both of these past two seasons in the quarter-finals.

On the two occasions they matched Manchester City on each occasion in open play, only to twice lose on penalties.

These past two years have been far simpler for Newcastle, embarrassingly losing home and away to Championship side Nottingham Forest in their first League Cup game each season.

Ayoze Perez returns to St James Park, he wasn’t involved in the 2017/18 defeat to Forest but played the final 21 minutes of the 3-1 defeat last season. Interesting to see what kind of reception he gets from the Newcastle fans tonight.

Wes Morgan talking to LCFC TV:

“We’ve had discussions in pre-season with the manager and the staff.

“We want a real good cup run this season.

“We face Newcastle on Wednesday and we know it’s not going to be an easy task.

“But we have earmarked the FA Cup and Carabao Cup competitions, where we can go on a bit of a cup run.

“I think if you’re winning all the games you’re playing in, it breeds a winning mentality throughout the team.

“I’m sure there will be a few changes to our normal starting line-up in them games, but the philosophy is the same, which is that we want to win all of the games that we play in and we want to do well.”

“That (losing to Man City on penalties each of the last two seasons in the League Cup) shows how close we’ve come to getting to that next stage, which would have been the semi-finals after the quarters.

“If you lose to a team like Man City and you take them all the way to penalties and lose, there’s no disgrace there.

“Obviously, we would have liked to have gone further, but at the same time, we can hold our heads high and say: ‘You know what, we gave it a good go’.

“This season, hopefully, maybe we won’t face them until the final, but we want a good cup run, that’s the main thing.

“Whoever we get, we want to do our best and win our games.

Newcastle won’t be easy but we want to go far in competitions.

“Speaking on behalf of everybody, it would be good to have something to celebrate once again, and to have something we’ve accomplished this season so we can look back and say: ‘Yes, we’ve had a good season’.”

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