Well we suppose it’s official – Alan Pardew has been telling the Newcastle squad in the team meetings this week that the club want to do well in the Europa League, and it seems like the Newcastle manager sees it even as an opportunity to make something out of this season – which has been disappointing for Newcastle fans – to say the least.
Steven Taylor celebrates with Tim Krul after win against Chelsea
And why don’t Newcastle try to win the thing – after all we haven’t won anything since 1969 and this competition is as good as any – and with our strongest side out we could beat any side on any night – especially at St. James’ Park.
27 year-old local lad Steven Taylor has talked in the Newcastle Journal today about Thursday night’s game against Metalist Kharkiv from the Ukraine:
“We know we are under pressure in every game we play.” We want to do well in this competition. The gaffer has made it clear in team meetings. I am desperate to win something. Hopefully this could be it. People say we have been playing weakened teams, but we haven’t been playing weakened teams.”
“We have got great players in our squad. There is more European experience in the squad now we do have the young players that are good enough.” “I find it difficult to hear when people talk about the young lads. Our young lads are quality players and good enough to handle the big stage.”
“They will definitely get the chance again.” “Thursday was already important but now I think it is more so because we have to bounce back from Tottenham.” “When you play the home leg it is important you try to win. We can do that.”
“We have new faces in the squad, we all want to do well. European nights are what St James’ Park is all about and from what I have heard so far there will be a lot of fans there, so the atmosphere should be something else.” “Rightly so because last season we did so well to get to Europe and now we need to kick on in the competition.”
“The gaffer has the options now and he didn’t have those at the start of the season.” “Players had to play out of position because of injury but now we should have the players to come in. It was so difficult for our gaffer to be able to pick a side before January. We just have to make sure everybody is alright.”
“Competition is very healthy and we have to try to make the most of the Europa League.”
There seems no good reason why Newcastle shouldn’t put out a very strong side tomorrow night, while giving some fringe players a game too – but our squad looks so much stronger than it did at the beginning of January.
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