Newcastle battled back from being two goals down early in the game last night, and secured a valuable point in Belgium against Club Brugge, and there were some good performances from the Ameobi brothers, who both played well.
Shola Ameobi slots home Newcastle’s first goal last night
And Alan Pardew seemed happy enough after the game, but he wasn’t too happy that we gifted Club Brugge both their goals:
“We keep talking about the spirit at Newcastle and it’s in the younger group too.” “It’s going to be there because it filters down.” “I thought it was a terrific game. It was open, we didn’t sit back and ask them to unlock us.”
“We went at them, they went at us and it was a good night of football.” “We gifted them a goal, and then gifted another one. I was surprised because I felt we were in good shape and were creating chances. I thought we would score goals, so it was just important not to let any more in.”
“We got a great goal from Anita after a good bit of pressure and then immediately got the second before half-time, which was a bonus really.” “We came in at half-time in a strong position and really all we did in the second half was just to make sure defensively we were sound.”
It is a good result to be sure, because Newcastle should now be able to beat Maritimo at home on November 22nd, and Alan may field a strong side to ensure that, and then on December 6th we will travel to Bordeaux, and that will be a tough game and the last in group D, but to qualify we have to finish in the top two of the group.
It would now be a huge surprise if Newcastle don’t qualify for the last 32 and the knockout stages of the Europa League, and it would seem that Newcastle and Bordeaux are the two teams most likely to go through to the last 32.
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