Pardew – We Can Do Well In Europe – We Have Great Players

While most of us are commiserating over losing yet another league game on the road yesterday at Swansea, admittedly  one we gave ourselves every chance of winning in that second half, where we looked a very good side – apart from our poor finishing – Alan Pardew seems upbeat about our European tie against FC Anzhi Makhachkala coming up on the next two Thursdays, in the round of the last 16.

alan padrew at spurs

Alan Pardew – upbeat about Europe

I have to admit I would have felt a lot more comfortable today if we had at least picked up a draw yesterday at the Liberty Stadium – but I suppose we were a little unlucky in that second half.

But we must win our next two league games – at home to Stoke City next Sunday and away to Wigan on the following Sunday – and both those games follow are  games with Anzhi Makhachkala.

Newcastle face a decent side in the big spending Russians, and we’ll do well to hold them on Thursday evening.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:

“Now we are in what I would call the real nitty-gritty of the competition, I think all 16 teams left are really focused on it.” “This is a big trophy to win for all the clubs, and I include the bigger ones such as Chelsea.”

“Trust me on that.” “Do we have a chance to win? I think we have as good a chance as anyone else.” “I do think the run we have been on in Europe, the teams we have beaten in that run and the places we have won, all have gone a little un-noticed.”

“When we were going through a spell of suffering defeats in the Premier League, we focused a little bit more on Europe.” “I do not want to talk about that how far we can go.” “This tie we have ahead of us is going to be difficult.”

“On Thursday, we will be playing a slightly better side than us.” “They are certainly more experienced in terms of playing European football.” “To win in places such as Moscow against a team like Anzhi, you have to be a heck of a technical side and that is what we are now.”

“I believe we have a team which can win.” “The advantages they might have over us is something we can cope with.” “I have tried to set the team up all season to win away from home.” “You saw that at Manchester United and Arsenal this season.”

“Perhaps if we had had a bit more quality on the pitch in terms of individuals then we would have won at United.” “We have been like that all year, but you need great players to achieve this and now I have great players.”

If we can get through to the quarter finals of the competition there are still some big clubs left – and they include Chelsea, Benfica, Tottenham (who play)  Inter Milan,  and Rome side Lazio, and we could get a plum draw if we can get through to the quarter finals for the first time since 2004, when the great Bobby Robson took us to the semi-finals against Marseilles and a young Didier Drogba.

And Alan Pardew will not sit back against Anzhi Makhachkala this Thursday night, because he knows an away goal can be so important over the two legs.

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10 comments so far

  • dmac

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I think it is doable and i mean the tournament not just Anzhi. I am not saying we will, but i deffo think we could.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    lets discuss about this how many of you would like to take santon off the squad for his poor defensive display

  • numba9

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    we need to get a natural goalscorer on board because cisse is def not one or these, i would compare him to tony yeboah only interested in scoring a screamer ir it means ignoring team mates in goal scoring positions and 99 per cent of shots are wayward. i think he needs to learn when not to shoot, and get his head up. cabs is like beckham , not a very good corner taker. and tiote needs to sometimes pick the first pass he sees rather than use it as reference while he contrives to lose the ball whilst thinking about using the early pass. sissoko looks a very good signing and i think we played well and even deserved all 3 points but mistakes need to be learnt from, and we are still starting at a snails pace mr pardew !!!

  • bollance

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Highly unlikely we can finish above 10th so lets give the Europa a good go to get something positive out of this season


    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5


    You are off your trolley! Are you Nuts?

    Santon is and has been one of our rising stars this season ! Has been one of the shining lights and had a lot of the MOTM awards, played every match! He may of had a bad game yesterday but does not deserve to be dropped!
    Let me ask you this: Who is the first name on the Squad for Italy when they play?

  • lordy_geordie

    Mar 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Buffon, Baloteeli, De Rossi, Pirlo? Am I Close?

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Did Santon have a bad game yesterday? Or did he make one costly mistake? As usual there’s little moderation about views around here.

  • woolerbill

    Mar 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    So you think we can win in Europe against teams better than the ones below us in the league, that keep beating us. There is a word for people like you, clown.


    Mar 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9


    Agree with you over the Moderation! Santon makes one mistake and he,s to blame for us losing the whole game?

    But its not only Santon who this happens to but one or two others too. I said on another thread : “If the Team loses then they lose as a Team”!
    There is far too much emphasis put on trying to proportion blame on certain players on here, instead of backing the lads to the hilt and just supporting the club!

    Its not helpful and is just typical of some on here?
    Santon was the only player in their last International who plays outside Italy who was picked to play against Holland the other week and was on for the full 90 minutes.
    Some forget that when pointing the finger at the players!

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Woolerbill – 2 things – we haven’t lost to anyone below us in the league since the transfer window. And tell me just what Pardew is supposed to say. “There’s little point in us going all that way as the Russians are better than us obviously”. Just as well you don’t have to motivate our players. No, Pardew is not the clown.


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