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Newcastle Going All Out For Europa League Success

10:59 am, Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

With the threat of relegation rapidly receding at Newcastle, and the squad showing it’s now good enough to take on two games in four days and win both of them – as we have just accomplished against Metalist Kharkiv and Southampton with essentially different starting line-ups – Alan Pardew can now go all out for Europa League glory this season, while continuing to make good progress moving up the Premier League table.

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Alan Pardew – now has squad to attack Premier League and Europa League – this season

Newcastle’s starting line-up on Sunday saw seven changes from the side that had started in the Ukraine,  and Newcastle gave very good performances in both those games, and the team’s confidence levels are now very high.

We are in the round of the last 16 in the Europa League and there’s no reason with two good performances that we cannot beat FC Anzhi Makhachkala, to go through to the quarter finals of the Europa League – and then it’s all up for grabs.

Alan Pardew said he has always tried to do well in Europe:

“I’ve tried to attack the Europa League.” “Obviously, I’ve got to change personnel, but we’ve now got the quality and depth to do it.” “Danny Simpson and Mathieu Debuchy – you couldn’t ask for two better full-back performances last week. We’ve got that option.”

“We didn’t have the strength we’ve had on the bench.” “Perchie’s come on and looked controlled and shored us up against Southampton” “You’ve got the quality of Anita coming onto the pitch – it makes a big difference.”

We don’t want to get too carried away, but our performances in the six games we have played since the five Frenchmen arrived on Tyneside – four wins, our first two away wins of the season, beating European Champions Chelsea and moving through to the last 16 in the Europa league – must give Newcastle fans some sense that we can do very well by the end of May.

How well is not clear at the moment.

But notice, we didn’t even mention that we can win the Europa League. 😀

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 2_goal_tino // Feb 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I’ve just been watching videos of HBA… to say I’m excited to see him in a rejuvenated and confident team is an understatement. We will pose a threat all over the pitch!

  • 2 Munster Mag // Feb 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Sorry to put a downer on things, but remember Sunlan won loads of games under their new manager O Neill last season and had they brought that into this season they would have been top 6 material? Oh well!

  • 3 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    We might as well go for it. While Premier League safety is still not 100% certain I would be very surprised if we go down now. Progression in Europe and a push for the top ten would be satisfactory IMO after how bleak our season was looking a couple of months ago. HWTL

  • 4 STB // Feb 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    On a separate note, I think it is rather worrying if there is truth in the comments from Richard Branson that Virgin Money did not even get the chance to bid for the shirt rights and that Wonga seemingly had a free run.
    Very strange business practice and hardly best practice in ensuring we got our money’s worth.
    They were so convinced that the Wonga deal could not be bettered that they didn’t go out to tender?
    I don’t know many businesses where that would be tolerated.




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