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Newcastle United: Kieran Trippier was “incredible” v Bournemouth

Newcastle United secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with victory over Bournemouth at St James’ Park on Tuesday night, with the Magpies running out 1-0 winners courtesy of an own goal from Cherries defender Adam Smith.

It was the Tynesiders’ first competitive outing since before the World Cup break, although it was more of the same for the high-flying Geordies as they dominated proceedings against the south coast club, notably enjoying 63% possession over the 90 minutes.

Despite the expectancy that manager Eddie Howe would shuffle his pack for this game ahead of what will be a typically hectic festive schedule, he deployed an almost full-strength side for the visit of his former employers, notably welcoming midfield talisman Bruno Guimaraes back into the fold after his recent international exploits.

However, it was another of Newcastle’s returning players from Qatar who particularly caught the eye last night, with England international Kieran Trippier – who featured in the recent friendly clash against Rayo Vallecano – having been particularly impressive from his full-back berth.

The 32-year-old – who again took on the captain’s armband with Jamaal Lascelles restricted to the substitutes’ bench – was his typically industrious self down the right flank, having offered a constant threat with his attacking quality.

That was particularly evident in the lead-up to what proved to be the game’s only goal, with the former Tottenham Hotspur man whipping a wicked delivery into the box in search of team-mate Callum Wilson, only for the aforementioned Smith to inadvertently turn the ball into his own net.

As journalist Matty Hewitt suggested, the right-back’s “deliveries are incredible”, with the experienced defender routinely putting the ball into a “dangerous” area and causing havoc for the opposition.

That is also evidenced by the fact that the former Burnley ace attempted 11 crosses on the night – completing four – while also registering an impressive haul of three key passes from his 99 touches as a marker of his creative quality.

Although the 40-cap tank lost possession 27 times against Gary O’Neil’s side, that was simply a result of his desire to make things happen for his team going forward, having also been a solid presence defensively after recording four tackles in total.

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That impactful performance ultimately saw Trippier record a match rating of 7.8 from Sofascore, the highest of any player for either team – further illustrating just how crucial the 32-year-old was in helping to guide Howe’s side into the next round.

If the 5 foot 10 defender can continue to prove equally as instrumental moving forward, then Newcastle will no doubt have a real shot at ending their long wait for major silverware over the coming months.