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 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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