This Is Why The Pressure Is On Metalist On Thursday

Alan Pardew may be torn this week about what side to field against Metlalist Kharkiv on Thursday night, because he must be able to field a top side on the following Sunday at home to Southampton – and ensure the players don’t fall way in the second half,  because they are too tired from the game in Europe.

alan pardew in contemplative mood

Alan Pardew – we can still get through

We do have a much stronger squad now than we did at the start of January, so Alan may be more willing to go for it – but we cannot lose the game to Southampton , that’s a no-no .

One reason the powers that be at Newcastle keep saying the Premier League is the top priority is because we get £800K for each place climbed in the Premier League, and next season that amount will be even higher,  since the new three-year deal for the TV rights of the Premier League is 70% higher than it was over the last three years.

This is what Alan said in the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have to sit down and make sure we get team selection right.” “Southampton is a huge game for us and so is the second leg of this tie. We’re going to have to call that right.” “We know there’s a tail-off of energy from Thursday to Sunday, so we’re going to have to make sure the team’s good enough to get us what we want out there in Ukraine, and also good enough to beat Southampton.”

“They’ve got to beat us to win.” “If we play anything like we did, it’ll be difficult for them.” “We pulled them around and asked them a lot of different questions – there were a lot of good things about us.”

“There were nice introductions from the bench – Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux made a difference – and that bodes well for the coming games. There’s a lot to think about.” “They players were disappointed. It was tough to take.”

“However, I was so pleased with the performance. It was a top performance against a really good team. We’ll take that away from the game, if nothing else.”

We suppose technically Metalist do not have to beat Newcastle to get through – because we could draw the game 0-0 after extra time, and then lose out on penalties to the Ukrainian side, who looked good at St. James’ Park.

The key to the game for Newcastle is to score a goal and score the first goal if possible – because that would mean Metalist would need to win the game to get through, since a 0-0 score-line would not be possible and a score draw would see Newcastle progress.

That would put pressure on Metalist to have to score two goals to get through the tie – and Newcastle would be in a decent position, especially the way our defense played last Thursday night in keeping a clean sheet.

But it should be a good game on Thursday night,  and our lads could still get through.

The game has an early kick-off at 6:00 pm Newcastle time – I’ll have to remember that. 😀

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12 comments so far

  • magpietillidie

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    magpietillidie // Feb 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    We should defo be looking at some young english players as there will come a point when we need them for the home grown rules as i dont believe most in our squad are good enough to come in and help if we are to be a top team

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s not bad…but we need to be searching the UK for players who will be the next walcott, bale, rooney etc….ideally just before they become insanely high profile and cost silly money.

    I think we may need to spend the occasional 10mil on a prospect like bale, walcott, oxlaide-chamberlain etc.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Good luck with that. Seeing as he hasn’t got one team selection right virtually all season

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4


    still think campbell will come good but not if pardew goes back to long ball

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I am really intrigued as to what teams will be selected for the Metalist and Southampton games. Will the team for Metalist be really strong (keeping a few better players fresh for the Soton game) or will Percy go for broke and play two full strength teams. I did note that some of the new lads definitely seemed to tire after about 70 minutes -could their training have improved this at all in the last couple of weeks. Will Gouffran definitely be back and where is Benny. If Percy pulls off two wins it will be a bit of a coup. I note some players are not eligible for the EL.
    Metalist were tidy on the ball but did not appear to have much of a goal threat. Southampton seem to be playing well at the moment with their confidence rising. Two very intriguing games coming up.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    we played ok against metallica nothing more than that really
    and got 2 poor decisions

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    My only reservation about the Mentalist game is Percys’ comment that it made a difference when Shola came on in the last leg. Well yes it did make a difference – it got worse.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    And Southampton have just beaten the PL Champions 3-1.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    lads first of all im a manager of young english lads, have been for 4 years now and iv’e seen scouts come and go at mine games and no success, my lads have won promotion from bottom to top in three years, a few of my lads have scored at least 40 goals in 1 season and my goal against record has been the best since 1995, i have top lads playing for me who could easily be in the youth team for any team but when i talk to the scouts they say they weren’t good enough for academy level.

    so in my opinion these scouts no shit about football and are only looking for next messi or ronaldo type players so when ppl on this blog say we need young english players coming through i can personally say it’s alot harder than ppl thought especially with scouts that have no knowledge about young gifted players and football end off.

  • obatoyou

    Feb 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t put two half strength teams in, we’ll end up losing both.
    Pls Alan put a strog team in for metalist, I beg u.

  • Graeme

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, chaps, whatever Pardeaux does, or doesn’t do, I’m taking my son to the Europa League Final.

    It sure would be nice to think he didn’t waste all the effort of last season trying to qualify. Having achieved wonders to get into the competition, it would be a crying shame not to go flat out to win it – otherwise, what was the point of qualifying in the first place??

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Out of the players that play on Thursday and Sunday would be
    Krul- Keepers don’t need as much rest
    Coloccini- He is our captain can give us something
    Santon- Just can help us
    Cabaye- One of our best players
    Cisse- Only good striker, but he is crap at the minute
    Also have Simpson, M’Bwia, Tiote, Bigi, Obertan and Marveaux but they will be on the bench on Sunday at the best

    The Debuchy, Ben Arfa, S.Taylor, Sissoko, Perch, and Gourffan all come in on Sunday, which is 6, so 5 used for both and 3 are defenders/keeper
    So we should, can and will win both, which will turn our season and will put up us to 13th at least, above Southampton, Norwich and Sunderland. Possibly West Ham depending on if we win 2-0 and Bale beats West Ham like 3-1 we will be 12th.


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