Alan Pardew seems to be willing to go for it tomorrow night and play an extremely strong side against the good looking Metalist Kharkiv, in an attempt to ignite Newcastle’s season – both in Europe and in the Premier League – where we remain in 16th place – 5th bottom.
Alan Pardew – confident – the game plan is to score goals
The Newcastle manager wants to win both upcoming games against Metalist and Southampton, in the space of four days, and it will certainly be a test of just how strong our new improved squad is – but the 19 players in the squad in the Ukraine is very strong indeed – and the question will be who will actually start the game in the Ukraine.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Daily Mirror today:
“The atmosphere will be the first time we get a hostile crowd in Europe this season. We need to cope with that.” “We have players, like Yohan Cabaye, who has played internationally, who are used to that scenario. One or two I will watch closely and hope they cope well with it.”
“Have we got a chance of winning it? Look at my best team, I would put it up against any team in this competition and be confident.” “We are a lot stronger”. ” If we get through this tie we have as good a chance as anyone.” “We have come here to qualify, we want to win here and against Southampton.”
“Are we favorites? The percentages are 50-50. The fact Metalist didn’t score in the first leg gives us a slight advantage but, of course, they are at home.” “Our game-plan is to score goals. Our away performances will get stronger because we have also added to the depth of our squad.”
“This is as strong as we have been, as a first team. We are stronger than the league table suggests.” “We have excellent momentum. There is a renewed belief in the squad from the introduction of the new players, particularly Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.”
“Our season depends on progression here and improving dramatically our position in the Premier League.”
It turns out that Davide Santon has been left behind because of a sore ankle, but he’s expected to be fit to play against Southampton on Sunday, and so will Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran – who also did not travel.
Newcastle need to score to make this interesting, since we held Metalist to no goals last Thursday, so a score draw would see us through 0n the away goals rule – but that means we must score at least one goal.
Alan Pardew knows that, and therefore it looks like the team will go for it tomorrow night – it should be a great game to watch.
And since fortune always favors the brave, we have to hope we can get some luck – which we didn’t have last Thursday night, and maybe we can get through to the round of the last 16 – and as Alan says – we will then be a match for any side left in the competition.
Howay the Lads!!
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