Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is upbeat before the Europa League game tonight at Bordeaux, and he’s said the great 3-0 win on Monday night against Wigan has lifted the spirit of his squad, and he will protect a lot of our top players tonight, by playing a young side, since Newcastle have already qualified for the last 32 of the competition.
Alan Pardew yesterday morning – training in the snow
And yesterday morning I got an email from my brother Rod, and yes the first snows of the winter fell on Tyneside yesterday, and there are pictures showing the lads training yesterday, and indeed their plane to France was delayed by the snowfall, and to think two days ago here in Raleigh it was 76 degrees F.
Newcastle did themselves a power of good on Monday night, helped by the sending off of Maynor Figueroa after 12 minutes, and whose appeal against the red card was turned down yesterday – why did he even appeal?
Alan Pardew talked about the massive win on Monday night and what it has done for the squad:
“It has lifted everyone. I was pleased with the fans’ reaction – they were great on the night.” “I think it buoyed everyone and lifted all of our spirits. We can go forward now and hopefully not get into that position again.”
“We mounted a lot of pressure on ourselves. I think Tim’s quotes today really sum up what we all feel. We shouldn’t have got ourselves in that situation, and we won’t again.” “Bigi, who played on Monday, will play. He’s obviously in good form and has good confidence from Monday night.”
“Fergie and Sammy will both play, and they have good confidence from that win, and I’ll be looking for good performances from them.” “There will be some good young players on show.”
“Half of the north was stopped by the snow – the A1 was shut when we flew over it – we are okay. We are good to go.”
Newcastle are already in the knockout rounds of the Europa League in February, whatever happens tonight at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, but injury victims from Monday night – Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba – have been left behind to get ready for the important league game at Craven Cottage on Monday night – and maybe a second win on the trot in the league?
We hope the young lads can do well tonight in the early kickoff game at 6:00 pm, and a draw would be fine and a win would be terrific.
Let’s know how you think the game will go tonight.
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