With Newcastle failing to win last night against Metalist Kharkiv, it now presents a challenge for manager Alan Pardew as to which team he plays in the Ukraine next Thursday night, given that we have an important league game against Southampton on the following Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle celebrate first goal – why’s that guy got the flag up?
And since we are still 5th bottom and tied on points with Southampton, surely we need to play our full strength side against Southampton – and play the strongest side we can against Metalist in the second leg, where a score draw will still see us through to the round of the last sixteen.
It seems that Alan Pardew still hadn’t fully decided what he’s going to do, as he had this to say after the game:
“I can’t play all of the team on Thursday and then all of the team against Southampton, we just aren’t going to have the energy.” “I’m going to have to make changes, either in the second leg of this, or in the Premier League game.”
“I need to get that right because I’m really desperate to go through, even more so with those two decisions going against us.” “The last thing you want to do is look back at the end of the tie and say we should have won two nil”.
The main thing is we cannot lose against Southampton, and if we play a weakened side in the Ukraine – as far as we are concerned – so be it – because the very last thing we want to see this season is another relegation.
And of course if we had been further up the league table Alan Pardew could probably have gambled – but he’s got little wiggle room at the moment.
Things should have looked a lot better today with Cisse’s two goals disallowed and wrongly so, but there’s not much you can do other than grin and bear it – but Newcastle had no luck at all last night – against a good looking Metalist Kharkov side – and our lads played well.
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