We’d Love To Win The Europa League – Pardew

We’ve wondered with our poor form in the league, just what Alan Pardew would do with the Europa League tie against Metalist Kharkiv, and whether he would even give it a go, or do almost a surrender, which is what we did at Brighton, once we saw the team Alan put out that day in the FA Cup third round game.

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Alan Pardew – strong side for tomorrow’s first leg

But there’s a big difference now in the squad from that Saturday in early January, and not only do we have Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye back in the side after long term injuries, but we have five excellent new French players who joined us last month – and with only 12 league games to go it’s not like we’ll be getting into any fixture pile up either.

Alan Pardew has answered the question as he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:

“It’s competition we’d all love to win.” “It’s difficult to get through the group stage, make no mistake, so we don’t want that hard work to be for nothing.”

“I’ll be picking a strong side for Thursday. The new lads who arrived last month have given us greater depth, so I’ll take advantage of that with my team selection.”

“Metalist are a good side, you just have to look at the teams they finished above in their group to realise that, so they’ll get our full respect.” “But the last 16 is in our reach and there could be some big ties ahead for us.”

“‘m sure our fans would relish bringing more big European nights to St. James’ Park so we’ll be doing everything we can to progress and deliver that.”

And with the next game being at Metalist Kharkiv a week on Thursday and five days rest from Saturday defeat at Spurs, Pardew could pick his strongest side.

But of course some players are ineligible like Yoan Gouffran, even if he was fit, and Mathieu Debuchy is not included in Newcastle’s European squad – but maybe apart from those – we’ll see a strong side but we think Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will play and we expect to see Massadio Haidara at left back for the first time in a Newcastle shirt.

It would be good to get through to the next leg of the Europa League, but Thursday’s result will need to be a good one, because in the second leg in the Ukraine next week, it will be our second team we’ll have to field, with the home game against Southampton on the following Sunday.

Let us know how you think the game will go on Thursday.

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13 comments so far

  • Krul Blow

    Feb 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Why not? We’ve got the squad to go for it. Let’s get some silverware and a boost for the Toon.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    198jayphoto // Feb 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I don’t think Pardew favours the hoof to be honest! Been at numerous games where i saw him screaming at willo to get his head up and pick a pass! More recently hes been shouting at krul! Hitting it long is just a sign on players with either limited ability or poor confidence! Pardew played excellent passing football at southampton and less effective but still on the floor passing at West Ham and Charlton! West ham fans like football played ‘the west ham’ way and they were happy with pardews football, just not the results! Think the thing with pardew is he likes the passing to be always forward thinking rather than teams like liverpool that pass it around the back alot, pardews philosophy is more old school in trying to put the ball in the net quickly rather than playing passing around the back line for 20 minutes!
    Also, just a thought but with willo, his control and composure were awful, did anyone actually really want him to try and be a ball player?? Coz for me when he tried to be an actual footballer thats when he made mistakes and everyone jumped on him

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Krul’s random punts infuriate me the majority of the time…. its pretty much giving the possession back at the other team

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    100% on a vote. Granted only 16 people voted, but wow 🙂

    Good to see Pardew is up for it this Thursday and plans to field a strong team, no reason not to this week.

    Jay….That’s always been my thinking. Some have claimed what he is shouting at them to hoof it…you know, as that’s his favourite tactic.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5


    Krul has some of the worst distribution in the league….it’s something they should be working heavily on with him

  • NUFCarter

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    the five people that voted for nufc to lose must be mackems

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone have a link to our named squad for the EL?

  • obatoyou

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Mbiwa hasnt played much yet, remember theres a full week in between the two legs, i wouldnt be happy with williamson and mbiwa, they can play next week, i say go with coloccini and s taylor this week.
    Midfielders we can mix it up a bit. Cmon boys we want a big win and we can get one~

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    He better play his strongest side and not give it lip service.

  • toon1707

    Feb 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Can not believe 12 fans have voted that we will lose at home to a team that could not beat the bay the other night I for one think we will comfortably win by 3-4 goals at home then we can leave most of our better players at home for the return leg or that should be pardews thinking at least

  • Teamstoof

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Don´t underestemat Metalist, they are a strong team and have expierince of european footy.

    Remeber that we lost against poor sides in both cups, so when we play we our cup side, we are to weak for this competion.

  • english yeoman

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Real madrid coun’t have beaten the mighty Bay last Sunday. At one point the frozen rain was flying upwards as the gale blew it in swirls off the top of the Ice Rink!

    I’m not sure I’ve thawed out yet?

    Even Carver and Stone abandonned their scouting mission after about an hour! And when I say ‘Scouting mission’ I really mean shuttle runs to the pie shop and hugging non stop Bovrils to try and stop their internal systems from freezing up and shutting down.

    One old mans quote from my half time pint, “I’ve never been so happy to stand in a crowded bar without a pint!” They’d gone indoors to warm up!

    BTW – If their number 23 plays, keep an eye out for him as he was class. Also their centre half pairing is probably around 7 foot tall each! so no point in crosses into the box. That said, they were more than happy to put anything dangerous out for a corner – just a shame an NUFC corner normally precedes an opposition counter attack rather than a goal for the toon!

    Scouting Report endeth…

  • toon1707

    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Being a Russian team would that weather not have suited them more than the mighty bay


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