Alan Pardew has a tough decision to make on Thursday night, as to which team he puts out in the second leg against Metalist Kharkiv, after we drew 0-0 in the first leg at St. James’ Park last Thursday.
Alan Pardew - unhappy with officials’ decisions last Thursday
And of course one problem is that we have to play Southampton at home on the following Sunday, and the Saints are level on points with us on 27 points after 26 games played.
If Alan Pardew does play his strongest side – there could be some tired legs against Southampton in that important game and that could cost us points.
But on the other hand if we can get through in the Ukraine, that will further lift the mood in the Newcastle dressing room, and confidence will be high.
It’s a tricky one for Alan – so when we say should he play his strongest side – it could be the one he played last Thursday night with maybe even the fit-again Ben Arfa also starting the game.
Let us know what you think.
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