Eddie Howe has hit out at a ‘poor tackle’ from Moises Caicedo after the midfielder’s challenge saw Anthony Gordon injured in Newcastle’s Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.
Caicedo was shown a yellow card for a bad challenge on Gordon just two minutes into the contest, with the Ecuadorian raking his studs down the winger’s heel early on at Stamford Bridge.
The absence of VAR for the Carabao Cup quarter-final saw Caicedo escape with only a caution, in an incident which Howe was unhappy with. Gordon was later substituted.
Newcastle crashed out of the competition after losing 4-2 on penalties at Stamford Bridge, after Chelsea had cancelled out Callum Wilson’s opener with a goal from Mykhailo Mudryk in stoppage time.
“Emil (Krafth) was too sore to continue – he’s got a nasty gash on his shin which is quite sore at the moment. Anthony’s (Gordon) the same,” Howe said at his post-match press conference.
“I thought it was a really poor tackle on him and the type of tackle you don’t want to see taking one of our attacking players out of the game, and again he’s very sore at the minute.”
Asked whether he felt the challenge deserved a red card, Howe told Sky Sports: “I’m going on what other people’s opinions are and not mine – I haven’t seen it myself but people are telling me that they think it’s a red card.”
Newcastle will hope Gordon is fit to return ahead of facing Luton in the Premier League this weekend, as the Magpies look to bounce back from their cup exit at Kenilworth Road.