Alan Pardew has reflected on last Thursday’s game against Metalist Kharkiv, and if the officials had turned up for the game – especially one particular linesman – Tom Harald Hagen – we should have won the game by at least 2-0 – since that Norwegian linesman chalked off two good Newcastle goals from Cisse for offside.
Papiss Cisse – oh no I wasn’t offside!
Pardew has talked to the local papers about the game:
“We have the clean sheet to take over there.” “A score draw will take us through.” “So there is some benefit in that, but I would have liked to win the game last week.”
“I think the boos for the officials at the end of the game was how we all felt.” “In these ties that could be a big difference.” “I was incensed. We scored two absolutely onside goals.”
“I’ll take that the linesman might get one wrong, but two? Wow. That was a big blow.” “We didn’t do too much wrong on the night.” “It was as good as we played and against a very strong side.”
“I was really pleased with the performance, but in games like that you can’t get key decisions like that wrong. Certainly not two.”
It’s right that Newcastle didn’t do too much wrong in that game, and we were simply unlucky – but to be so unlucky in what was a very important game, is hard to take.
But the good news is it seems the spirit in the squad is even better because of the adversity – and our lads could yet surprise us and Metalist on Thursday evening in the Ukraine – whatever team Alan puts out.
That’s what we’re hoping for, and with the skill and determination we now have in the side – that’s a definite possibility.
And in our poll 62% think we can get through with 26% thinking we’ll be eliminated – but 90% thought we would win the first leg.
Howay The Lads!!
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