Is Alan Pardew Going For Broke In The Ukraine?

We had wondered what team Alan Pardew would play in the return leg at Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday night, and we suppose with only drawing 0-0 at home last Thursday he will be tempted to play a strong side, but that could weaken our team for the league game on Sunday at home to Southampton – and losing that game would be tragic and would keep us at least 5th bottom of the league if not worse .

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Alan Pardew – some tough decisions to make this week

Newcastle’s number one priority is the Premier League every season, but we have a feeling the Newcastle manager will take a chance and play a very strong side in the Ukraine on Thursday night.

This is what he had to say in the local papers today:

“I thought we defended superbly in the first leg on Thursday night, and repeating that is going to be the key over there.” “In the whole of the first game, I thought we only really gave up one clear chance, and Tim (Krul) was able to snuff that out pretty quickly in the first half.”

“We were defensively sound all evening, and even though they tried to catch us on the break in numbers, we prevented them from doing that fairly well. The second game will be different, but defensively we’ll have to be just as good.”

“I thought Steven Taylor and Colo in particular were terrific, and Mapou did a really good job on his first start. We’ll have to take that into the second leg.” “You never want to lose a game, no matter who the opposition are, and we certainly won’t want to be losing the second leg. But we don’t want to lose against Southampton either. We want to win both games, and that’s what we’ll attempt to do.

“I’ll have to look very closely at the squad to make sure we put the right time out in Ukraine and the right team against Southampton.” “As a country, we don’t know a lot about Ukrainian football because our television coverage is saturated by the Premier League and La Liga. But the quality of Metalist was there for everyone to see in the first game.”

“Of course I’ll be disappointed if we don’t go through.”

It looks at least like Pardew will play the same defense on Thursday night that he played last week, but can they play again on Sunday afternoon?

Mathieu Debuchy will be coming back in at right back,  and since Yohan Gouffran is expected to return to training today, he will also be fresh for the Southampton game – but a defeat against Southampton and Alan Pardew will again be under a lot of pressure.

Of course on the other hand,  if we can get through on Thursday night and then beat Southampton on Sunday the season will get a massive uplift.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1



    Well Pardew said himself he is as good as shola in training (shola who gets to start some games and then gets to come off the bench in most and campbell who gets to do neither)….surely if they are equal then he deserves a go.

    Also Campbell has a far better record in the reserves than any other player we have brought through.

    Our academy is useless…we have 2 players in our squad who came through it…taylor and krul. (a couple others but they don’t really play).

    Look at arsenal….produce more players than any other club really….they send so many out on loan who have gotten better from it…wilshire being the key example. Competitive football in the lower leagues or abroad is so much more beneficial than reserve games.

    But then again I can’t argue with the record of our academy and staff….of wait there is no record, they produce barely anything.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope we play as near to a full team as possible…..we want to get through, I dont care if we finish 15th or 10th in the league….just have a go in the cup.


    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    It is not going to be a friendly atmosphere to play in?

    In general supporters in the Ukraine are notoriously racist, even more so than Serbia, and in Serbia are complete twats as far as regards recepties for visiting teams !
    What happened to the in my mind


    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    What happened to the England U21 team and Tom Ince is still fresh in my Mind?

    I was wiped out in mid-post then again?

    Transfer Sage:
    My priority is and always be The Prem status of the club, if we win on Thursday evening and then cock-up against Southampton, i shall not be a happy Larry?
    If Pardew gets his team selection right, we have a chance of winning both?
    But it aint gonna be easy Mon?

  • LeToonARMY

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    These are the teams i would play in our next two games if i was Pardew.

    ____BEN ARFA___CISSE_____
    SIMMO (@70 mins for Perch)
    HAIDIRA (@60 mins for Santon)
    WILLO ( for Collo/Mbiwa)
    TIOTE (@60 mins for Cabaye/Anita/Ben Arfa)
    MARVEUX (for Ben Arfa/Obertan/Cabaye/gutierez)
    SHOLA (@76mins for Cisse)

    Our star players need some rest for the Southampton game !!!, This is the team i suggest for that game and for this game i suggest we play 4231
    . _____________KRUL ___________

    MBIWA (for Santon/Collo/debuchy/Taylor)
    PERCH (for Tiote/debuchy)
    ANITA (for Tiote/Cabaye)
    GUTIEREZ ( for Couffan/Cabaye)
    MARVEUX (for Ben Arfa/Sissoko)
    SHOLA (for Cisse)

    Tell me what you think guys. Is that a strong team or what ??

  • Sav

    Feb 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Goufran, Hatem and Debuchy will all be there to freshen up the side on Sunday. I hope Pards goes for broke with what we have left in the squad on Thursday as a win would be great for morale and benefit the league, no doubt.

  • woolerbill

    Feb 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    There are to many IF’s in this blog, forget Thursday. Sunday is the only game that matters, or there will be more if in May.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Feb 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d play a largely 2nd side in the Ukraine.


    Bench: Harper, Taylor, Bigi, Fergie, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cisse

    Rest/no travel: Colo, Santon, Cabaye, Jonas, Sissoko, Debuchy, Gouffran

    This should give us at least some chance of a scored draw at Metalist, and a great chance to beat Southampton.


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