Newcastle youngster Armstrong guns for Chelsea double

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ADAM Armstrong is aiming 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 Magpies’ 1-0 defeat 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.

Managerless Newcastle are rated 17/1 at bookmakers to win at Chelsea, where they last won three seasons ago.

However, Armstrong – in the team which won 2-0 at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup 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 added: “I’m looking to get a lot more games. I’ve got to keep working hard and getting better.

“I’ve got good players around, 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.”

Armstrong has been promoted to the first-team squad since playing his part in last season’s run to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Newcastle’s Under-18s take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the fourth round of the cup tonight (7pm).

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 – bu, 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.”