We Had Some Real Heroes Tonight – Alan Pardew

In what was undeniably a terrific team performance from Newcastle tonight in the Ukraine, and we won 1-0 with a penalty goal from local lad Shola Ameobi, and got through to the round of the last 16 of the Europa league, where we now play FC Anji – who finished 5th in the Russian Premier League last season – the same position Newcastle finished in the more powerful English Premier League.

Shola Ameobi of Newcastle United scores a penalty against Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League

Shola Ameobi scores the winner from the penalty spot

And it was hardly surprising that Alan Pardew was delighted with tonight’s performance and excellent win:

“It’s an important result for us. We lost Cheick just before the game, but Vurnon Anita did an excellent job coming in late.” “He only knew an hour before we kicked off that he was going to play.”

“With Hatem Ben Arfa coming back and Cheick to add to that side, I really feel as though we can give this competition a good go.” “I had a little quiet word with Shola before the game because, in the last few weeks, I thought his contribution could have been greater.”

“But he’s shown tonight what quality he has. Against this team, I always thought he might influence the game. He did that all night really and it bodes well moving forward.” “We had some real heroes today and it’s been a great week for us.”

“We just need to repeat it on Sunday because that will be an important game.” “It could give us some breathing space in the Premier League, so we need to recover quickly.” “There will be changes for Sunday and hopefully we will get a result.”

Newcastle were denied two perfectly good goals last Thursday night from Papiss Cisse at St. James’ Park, so perhaps this is the fair result – and certainly Newcastle were very good tonight, but still had to defend against a terrific onslaught from the Ukrainian side, packed with skillful South Americans,  after Shola Ameobi had slotted home after 64 minutes.

And Tim Krul made four outstanding saves in the last 30 minutes of the game to see Newcastle through.

Not we need to win against Southampton in front of a sell -out crowd on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

Howay The Lads!!

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32 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Spuggy, ESPN bought all of our Europa Games I think, not sure mind just something a mate said last night at the pub

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone tell me whether the first leg is at St James’ or in Russia?

  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #3


    Aye but all spuds and dippers games have been on ITV HD – every one!

  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah obviously ESPN have more business sense than ITV as they know we will go further than Liverpool and Spuds, so they get rights to more games 😉

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #5

    TDS russia i think

  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #6


    Hah hope so!

  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Just checked, we play away 1st leg.

  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #8

    so pardew has nowt to do with the youth team?? think he does. pardew with a full team can do a decent job but soon as injuries hit he cannot get anything out of squad and youth players

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #9
  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Away Leg Thur 7th March
    Home Leg Thur 14th March

    Home leg should be bouncing!

  • mindshaft

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Anzhi Makhachkala play europa games at Locomotivs ground in Moscow due do troubles in Dagestan so make sure you buy the correct flights 🙂

  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #12


    Funny he got plenty our of Willo, Simmo, Perch, Raylor, Sammy, Fergy etc etc last year.

    Bored of this debate now. Not responding anymore to anyone displaying signs of confirmation bias disease.

  • chris_g

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #14


    If anyone’s interested, these are the player ratings for tonight’s match
    (taken from http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/684998/LiveStatistics/Europe-UEFA-Europa-League-2012-2013-Metalist-Kharkiv-Newcastle-United )

    8.39 Krul
    8.22 Haidara
    7.57 Simpson
    7.55 Ameobi
    7.45 Yanga-Mbiwa
    7.42 Sissoko
    7.38 Cabaye
    7.13 Coloccini
    6.93 Marveaux
    6.39 Cisse
    6.37 Anita
    6.12 Perch
    6.02 Jonas
    6.00 Bigirimana

    Nice to see that Simmo answered a few of his critics tonight. Maybe check should stop eating toasties and start eating a bit of humble pie instead.

    By the way, Simmo tweeted this after the game. Nice lad, and a good pro. I wish him the very best, wherever he goes.

    Danny Simpson ?@dannysimpson
    Felt good 2 be back playing tonight, iv massively missed it.. Great away performance from every1.. Next round here we come

    Danny Simpson @dannysimpson
    Thanks for the positive messages… No matter what any1 thinks i always give 100% for this club n i will when called upon

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Brilliant.Just need to stay in it for the home leg, and I have every faith.

    An away goal would be brilliant.

  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    spuggy stop going back to last year. if we keep doing that it means we are in europe next year. no we are not. last year counts for 000000000000

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Any news on Cabs and Krul’s injuries?

  • Spuggy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #18


    Sat 2 Mar Swansea v Newcastle
    Thur 7 Mar Anzhi home
    Sat 9 Mar Newcastle v Stoke (will be moved to Sun)
    Thur 14 Mar Anzhi away
    Sun 17 Mar Wigan v Newcastle
    Sat 30 Mar Man City v Newcastle

    Hope it doesn’t affect our decent run of EPL games.

  • Jayden

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Ah, away leg on my birthday. That’ll be.. er.. interesting,


  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Nice one Pards, Anita plays well, tell him Cheick is straight back in, what a plum, Mr motivator he is not.

    Repost-just to recieve a few more pelters from posters who wont be happy until Pardew takes us down.

    Would just like to state we were the better side over 2 legs with a team of intenational footballers, stop the press, Pardew has managed to get the team to score one goal in two games, we did not play fluently at home, however should have won the game 1-0 as a goal was clearly onside. We could have easily gone out, although we played OK.

    Chelsea was a good performance for sure, however we are still struggling to play any fluent one touch quick incisive football and the manager continues with stupid tactics such as Cisse right wing, anybody saying he wasnt playing their is seriously blinkered. Simpson did Ok for somebody whos first thought is always the hoof.

    We wil never win a thing under Parsnip, he is far to stupid in his philosophy of winning games.

    Now take some advice, never back Newcastle to win by 2 clear goals while Pardew is in charge, it is not in his mindset, you are wasting your money. There will be the odd blip were we score breakaway goals while we hang on, but just dont hand that money over. That says it all. We were 5th last year with nearly a negative goal difference, says it all, scramble wins and accept the odd hammering.

    Anyway still looking forward to Soton game, as we have the best squad of players at Newcastle ever IMO. The manager lets them down with negativity and too much intent on stopping the oppositions rather than concentrating on our quality.

  • leeb1982

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #21

    spot on check the toastie

  • Tinman

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Must beat Southampton on Sunday so we can rotate players v Swansea and Stoke. Still would like to think we will pick up 4 points in those games with the squad we now have.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #23


    Everyone else seems perfectly happy to me.

    Seems more like you’re the one who won’t be happy until Pardew takes us down.

    PS. Anita didn’t play that well.


    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #24

    My personal opinion of player ratings tonight.

    Krul 10
    Simmo 7
    M’biwa 8
    Collo 9
    Haidara 8
    Sissoko 8
    Anita 8
    Cabaye 8
    Marv 7
    Shola 7
    Cisse 5

  • woolerbill

    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #25


    If Krul had to make 4
    reat save in the last 30 minutes, then we were poor or lucky. When will you go for the second coal, or have you no faith in your team.

  • woolerbill

    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #26


    If Krul had to make 4
    Great save in the last 30 minutes, then we were poor or lucky. When will you ever go for the second coal, or have you no faith in your team.

  • bentoon11

    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #27

    This is such a depressing space! Win, lose or draw people aren’t happy.

    Tonight we won a very tricky tie on the back of a very good performance last week, which we were unlucky not to win. Yet some folk are still not happy enough. Too much time has been spent on FM I think.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #28

    check @ 20 a serious contender for post of the night. here here.

  • joeytoon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #29

    check the toastie you are spot on,if we had scored in the 10th minute we would have defended for 80,we have at times been comfortable cruising through games ie reading,pards decides to defend and we blow it,we have the players to put games beyond the opposition but we dont finish them off

  • Sav

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Papa Ghuye bossed Cisse quite easily for most of the home leg. Tonight against Shola in the middle he was rattled. Didn’t win his headers and couldn’t deal with Shola’s composure.. That is why Cisse had to play wide. And it was Papa’s bad pass that gave us the penalty chance.
    And ‘well played’ to Danny Simpson and young Haidara.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #31

    As this is about REAL HEROES

    Let’s remember the supporters who made the long trip and stood shirtless in freezing temperatures.

    Just imagine the effect that would have – encouraging the lads (no way could they give anything less than 100% in front of those fans)
    but also
    Intimidating for Metalist team and supporters.

  • tooninspain

    Feb 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Sav….good to see we’ve got at least one poster on here with a bit of savvy. I honestly get the feeling that some posters will not be happy unless Pardew gets us relegated, then they can turn round and say…”I told you so, aren’t I clever?” Also the criticism of Shola, and where Cisse played last night is, frankly, tiresome. Shola showed in the first leg he could frighten their back-line, so it was the right thing to play him in that position last night. He caused mayhem with his strength and general hold-up play. Cisse is obviously a totally different player.
    It’s about time the Shola baiting stopped. He is NUFC through and through, and has been a real big-time player for us over the years, The majority of his goals have been crucial for us.Yes, he’s no Messi, but I would have him in our squad any day over some of the prima donnas strutting their stuff in the EPL.I wouldn’t generally choose him in our starting eleven, but as a tactical or impact selection he’s worth having around.


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