Pardew – Yanga-Mbiwa And Haidara Brilliant – Krul Magnificent

Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side put in an excellent performance for 65 minutes in the Ukraine last night, when we went though to the last 16 of the Europa league with a penalty from Shola Ameobi,  and then withstood the kitchen sink being thrown at us for those last 25 minutes, plus five minutes of added time – and we now meet Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the next round.

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Alan Pardew last night at Metalist Stadium

Goalkeeper Tim Krul had nothing to do for the first 65 minutes,  but then he had to be at his absolute best to keep out the rampaging Metalist attack – who threw everything they had at Newcastle to try to get the two goals that would see them through.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press”

“I have to say I was controlled for 65 minutes – we had a good grip of the game.” “They weren’t really a threat. When they scored the goal they decided to throw the kitchen sink at us. The big boy Willian came on. We had to try and tie him up, which we did with Perchie.”

“Tim – who had had relatively little to do – had to produce two magnificent saves.” “That last 15-20 minutes we were great. You get that on a cold night against a team desperate to get a goal. There were some great last-ditch challenges.”

“Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara were brilliant.” “It was a great night for Newcastle football club – I’m proud.” “I know some fans had a horrible journey to get here.” “The train was hell on earth. Fair play to them – we got them a reward too.”

“It’s been a great week.” “Two of my players spoke at the Sir Bobby Robson event like professional comedians. We topped it with what we’re about.”

Tim Krul made four excellent saves after Newcastle’s goal, but the defense stood their ground under a withering attack from the home side in the last 25 minutes – and kept a clean sheet for the second game in a row.

But it shows you that with the five new players who were brought in last month from France – three started this game (Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara and Sissoko) and three will start on Sunday against Southampton (Debuchy, Gouffran and Sissoko) – and they have made Newcastle into a new look team.

And that look is one of a slick passing outfit who have some steel at the back, and a will to win under any circumstances that may happen to come up during a game.

That cannot be bad. 😀

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10 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad we managed to get the win and progress. The new boys again showed good quality and did well.

    We are on a roll, not playing flashy football but looking more solid and are creating more chances than we have done before.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2


    Thats ok for cup competitions but look at the leagues.

    Won buy man city/man utd here

    mardid/barce in spain

    dortmund/munich in germany

    juventus/inter in italy

    These teams all play attacking, passing football.

    It’s possible to win a cup by being solid as you need to maintain that focus and carry a little luck for only 6/7 games in knock out format.

    It’s much more difficult to keep defensive football up and get results over a full season. You need to be attacking to win league titles or get around the top 4.

    They key with it is to know your limitations. We should go into games against most teams and attack but against teams that are better sometimes being cautious and counter attacking is better.

  • Tiote4PM

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally I bought Haidara was poor throughout.

  • ArtyH

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Krul the conqueror, what a keeper.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Just like to say that the travelling fans were brilliant too.
    Shirtless in freezing temperatures must have played a part in inspiring our lads and intimidating the opposition.

    I would love to have seen our players throwing their shirts into the crowd at the end as recognition for their efforts.

    Anyone on this Blog in that crowd?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    We started playing the ball on the ground the moment Ba left. He had the whole team playing an alien style to get him goals.

    Once Cisse’s confidence returns he will be burying all these chances he’s getting, providing Pardew doesn’t play him as a winger

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Then u may have been watching the wrong player.

    Haidara was outstanding in the 1st half and although he tired a little in the 2nd half he was still solid and very calm on the ball.

    I was very impressed with his debut, especially under those circumstances.

  • nufc 11

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Think Shola could been a top player at one stage he looked like he was going to take off but it never happened, they dont call him shola the strolla for notting, think he will have big regrets wen he looks back at his career, just saw the the penalty last night did you see the ground Sissoko made up on the keeper he was like Bolt out of the traps WOW.

  • Ultra Mag-ness

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree with Tiote – I thought Haidara did not have a great game – heading wise he did well and I think he won every one but when the ball was on the ground he looked a little suspect.

    However, it was a very tough game to make your debut with a group of players he hasn’t played with before so in that respect he did well and I’m very confident he will be an accomplished full back in the future

  • Owldman

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    @11 Shola did look at one stage as though he was going to make it real big, but injuries & a hip replacement hampered his progress. I dont know many people who would have carried on working never mind playing football after a hip replacement


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