Newcastle Manager – Yes – We Want To Win In Europe

We watched both Champions league game last night with English sides involved, and Arsenal beat Montpellier 2-1 and Manchester City lost to Real Madrid 3-2 in what was a really exciting second half, and we noticed both sides basically played their best sides.

Gael Bigirimana – should get another start in Portugal tomorrow night

That defeat by City will probably mean they will need to shell out £100M in January’s transfer market to get better players into the side.

But for whatever reason Alan Pardew will not be playing Newcastle’s best side in Europe this year, and he will give the youngsters their chance by fielding them along with other fringe players in the six group games we have to play before the end of the year in the Europa League.

We suppose that’s one way of giving the youngsters their chance, but we also have to think about getting beyond the group stages of this competition, and still be in it when next year rolls around.

This is what manager Alan Pardew said today about tomorrow night’s game in Madeira (taste that wine!) when we play Maritimo:

“It will be a completely different team.” “You have to have belief though. It is the most important ingredient.” “You have to believe you can win a game.”

“I’ve been in teams as a player when I didn’t think we were going to win.” “You have to make sure that belief is there.” “It wasn’t there at Everton. We were all at fault.”

“Not just myself, but the players and the staff too.” “We did have belief in the second half at Everton and whatever team we put out we have to take it into tomorrow night.”

“Whatever team we put out I want a win.” “If we do that it will set us up nicely for Norwich.”

Newcastle will play their top side against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, and we will presumably always play our best side in the league this season.

It’s a good chance on Sunday to welcome back Chris Hughton to the club, and thank him for all he did at Newcastle, when we were literally down and out in the summer of 2009, and before he was ruthlessly fired in early December of 2010.

But we cannot be too sentimental either – we definitely need all three points on Sunday, to follow on from the great point we got at Goodison Park on Monday night.

If we can get the win against Norwich we’ll start climbing that league table again.

Howay The Lads!!

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17 comments so far

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Call me a glass half empty kind a guy, but Pards, please play the reserves in Europe, I beg of you!!!!!!

  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Ian Toon
    Thing is that Maritimo are a good team. Watched them on tv v Sporting at weekend. Pardew could play Abeid, Ferguson, Sammy,Gosling and Campbell with Elliot in goal. If Krul is not 100% then he shouldn@t risk Harper.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Wonder if there will be any knob ends who boo CH on sunday. Hope not, hope the people there give him a massive cheer. Our euro squad has a lot of attacking fringe players, but the defencive players chosen are pretty much the strongest we can field atm. Perch,santon,willo,anita,staylor would all probably be starting on sunday, unless colo gets fit, then drop willo.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    jawball….Was the word don’t supposed to be in there?

  • hainesy

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Tav.       Willo.          Saylor.      Santon.
                          Bigi      Anita
          Obertan.     Vuckic.     Anal

    Subs:  Elliot,  Gosling,  Sammy, Marv, Campbell,  Perch, Fergie.

    Not used: Abeid.

    Yes? No?

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Pushy- Gosling did OK as an emergency CB. Sammy has not lost his pace . On a different topic. Did you think Saylor was at fault for the
    Anichebe goal.? It seemed to me to be a fairly straightforward turn and shoot.

  • rainrix

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Markaccus…. I can categorically say there wont been any one booing. Thats usually reserved for sell out players ;), not a hero who brought us up, can you not remember the too har when he was sacked?

  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    All this rapid opening of different tags gets on my t-ts! Can’t be bothered to keep leaping around, so I’m outta here!

  • rainrix

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    *be 😉

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    No, I want him to play the reserves at least in the early stages to protect our best players for a long critical season and also because I think we can still put a competitive side out and also to give the fringe guys and youngsters a chance to come on, but mainly because I think we are a little light on quality and experience to compete successfully on so many fronts Phew!!! Long Sentence.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Jawball….Ahh ok. Personally, I agree. Normal starters need to pick up points in PL. If our EL starts really badly then we may need to tinker with it, but we should give it a go imo

  • Markaccus

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix, yeah I remember. I hoped that would be the case, but you never know with footy fans, even geordies 😉

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Ian Toon, I certainly dont think he was half as good as some posters made him out to be.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Ian Toon
    Williamson was the pick of the CB’s. Taylor was at fault.
    It was the main topic of conversation afterwards . Some fans
    can’t see anything he does as other than perfect. To be fair he looks as if he still needs games. Williamson took the brunt of their central barrage. Are you going to Madeira.?
    I need to put ihn some grind – well off to gym.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    i have to be honest – i really dont care how we get on in europe. At this moment in time it is not really that important. ok , a bit of experience will do the kids a world of good, but as we all know , we havnt got the players to do the job.i feel europe will be more trouble than what it is worth. with a better squad maybe it would be worth a go and perhaps try to win it. The league is more important at present , and judging by the start we have had it is going to be a long season. is europe really worth it at yhis time ?

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Sep 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Chris H will get amassive reception I have nothing but total respect for the guy he did a wonderful job and got us back in the big time hats off to him

  • nico

    Sep 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Glad this subject has been addressed. I can’t understand what the difference is between the Europa League and Champs League. Teams in Champs league play their best team. Teams in Europa don’t because they’ll get tired. What a load or rubbish


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