ADAM Armstrong is looking to put his FA Cup disappointment behind him – by helping Newcastle United do the double over Chelsea.
Armstrong started last weekend’s third-round tie at Leicester City.
The club’s 1-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium prompted an angry backlash from fans, with caretaker John Carver having made seven changes.
Armstrong set up a wrongly disallowed goal from Remy Cabella with a clever backheel in what was only his fourth start for his boyhood club.
And the 17-year-old forward hopes to be involved against the Premier League leaders, beaten 2-1 at St James’s Park last month, on Saturday.
“I’m looking to get a lot more games,” Armstrong told the Gazette.
“I’ve got to keep working hard and getting better.
“I’ve got good players around me, which is good.
“As a young lad you’ve got to push for your place, and I feel I’m doing that.
“There’s loads of local lads there. They’ve been there and done it, and it’s my chance now. They’ll help me along.”
Managerless Newcastle are 17/1 to win at Chelsea, where they last won three seasons ago thanks to two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse, who is preparing for Senegal’s African Cup of Nations campaign.
However, Armstrong – in the team which won 2-0 at Manchester City earlier in the season – isn’t fazed by the prospect of taking on Jose Mourinho’s side.
“There’s a lot of history at Stamford Bridge, but we’ve got to keep working hard in training every day and go for it,” said the England Under-17 international.
“Chelsea came to St James’s Park and we were the underdogs, but I thought we had our best game and won 2-1.
“Man City is a massive club with a huge stadium, but we went there and won 2-0.”
Armstrong has been promoted to the first-team squad since playing his part in last season’s run to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Newcastle’s Under-18s take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the fourth round of the cup tonight (7pm).
United beat Millwall in the last round of the competition.
Forward Callum Roberts – who made his senior debut against Leicester – is likely to be in coach Dave Watson’s side.
Watson said: “They’re going well, but we’ve had a good week after the Christmas break.
“We’re all ready, and we know what we’re doing.
“It’s a tough draw – Middlesbrough are doing well in the league – but having said that, our lads have done magnificently.
“As a team, we’re in the right place.
“It’s a derby match, and I’m sure there’ll be a big crowd.
“It’s fantastic for the kids and the experience they get will stand them in good stead.”