Alan Pardew is using the injustice of having two good goals disallowed in the first leg against Metalist Kharkiv, to inspire the troops to go out and get a good result in the Ukraine tomorrow night, and get through to the round of the last 16 in the Europa League.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – in action against Metalist
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa made his starting debut at right back in the 0-0 draw last Thursday at St. James’ Park, and he will start again at right back tomorrow night.
This is what the 3 times capped French international defender had to say about the game today in the Daily Mirror:
“We had our chances to come away with victory, but unfortunately we couldn’t.” “However, there were a lot of positives to take out of the match and we’ll go away in the second leg, try and get one or two goals and come away with a victory.”
“I was very excited to get going in the Newcastle shirt, especially at St James’ Park. It was good to get my foot in the door and show the team that I can work well with the squad.”
“Obviously the manager wants a squad that will work well together, where everyone can play, where everyone has their position and where we can go and get some good results and move away from the bottom end of the Premier League, and hope to do some good things with the team.”
“I’m liking my life here in Newcastle. I’m getting to know the city a lot better and finding places that I like.” “The players who were already here have given me some good tips of great places to go and I’m looking forward to looking around a little bit more.”
“It’s just a little bit cold, perhaps – but I’m starting to get used to it.”
The cold weather in Newcastle will help Mapou handle things in the Ukraine – because it will be even colder there.
I just checked the temperatures in Kharkiv and Newcastle as I write this, and it’s 27 degrees F and 36 degrees F respectively – but match time temperatures should be less than 27 degrees F – given the game will be played at night. In fact tomorrow’s temperatures in Kharkiv are a high of 28 and a low of 18 (degrees Fahrenheit) – with the low coming at around 10:00 pm – so it will be in the low 20s at best during the game.
We just want to somehow get through the tie tomorrow night, and if we can do that – spirits will be very high and no doubt Alan Pardew will then demand a win against Southampton on Sunday afternoon – helped hopefully by a sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park.
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