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.
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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