Alan Pardew was interviewed on nufcTV immediately after the game tonight in Moscow, and before he boarded the plane back to Newcastle, and the manager seemed really upbeat by what he called a fantastic performance from the Newcastle side.
Alan Pardew and Guus Hiddink before the match tonight
This is what a delighted Alan Pardew told Rob Scanlon after the game:
“Fantastic performance against a really good side – to get a draw and not concede a goal is fantastic.” “We played a technical side that was good with the ball, and in the first half we really controlled the ball and gave them limited opportunities.”
“Second half they were a little bit sharper, and we had to defend well, and a couple of good saves from Rob (Elliot) which will do him no harm, but a really sound performance tonight, and we have to go to St. James’ Park and we’ve got to win.”
“Ben Arfa is not 100% fit, and I thought one area that he might cause them problems on one of his runs, and he had a great moment just before he went off, and I fancy if he was fit he would have scored that, but he’s getting there and obviously he’s an important player for us.”
“And I think he’ll play a part on Sunday for sure – if we need him – and hopefully we wont – but we have no injures tonight – it’s a great result – really a super result tonight, and we’re pleased with that – and now we have to do the job at St. James’.”
“But we’re going to need a lot of fans in there on Thursday, because they will make a difference to us, and they are a really really good side and they have four or five top players.”
The manager makes a very good point at the end, because Newcastle will need a good turn-out from the fans to cheer the lads on next Thursday evening at St. James’ Park – and we’re sure the club will do their best to persuade the local fans to get to the game.
It was another excellent performance from Newcastle tonight, and the defense is starting to look very sound.
In the other Europa League games tonight, Spurs walloped Inter-Milan 3-0 and Chelsea lost at Steaua Bucharest 1-0.
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