On an absolutely freezing night in Moscow Newcastle were sound and resilient and kept players like Eto’o at bay to record a very good result of 0-0, and that was the first time in eight home matches in the Europa league that Anzhi have not won.
Ben Arfa in action last night in Moscow
After the game Alan Pardew has this to say to the Newcastle Journal:
“With our crowd behind us we are in a good position. Our crowd can make players do strange things.” “But we’re pleased with a professional job. They are a good side.”
“It was on a difficult pitch that we aren’t used to.” “That’s about as good as we could have played on that. They were right at it.” “And they have some fantastic players but we were so sound defensively.”
“Rob had to make a couple of saves. Mapou was magnificent too. It all bodes well for next Thursday. If you are going to go through we need to win – now all we need to do is win any way we can.”
“Rob made one outstanding save down to his right-hand side.” “But we had a massive chance with Hatem. It was just before he went off, normally I would fancy him to take that.”
Rob Elliot again made a couple of top class saves from Eto’o to preserve the clean sheet and we were surprised how well James Perch played in central defense alongside the very impressive Yanga-Mbiwa – what a player this lad is going to be for Newcastle in the future.
And although Ben Arfa missed Newcastle best chance to win the game after 64 minutes, he looked good and will only get better with more games, and he’s expected to play some part on Sunday against Stoke City.
And the good news is that Alan Pardew said they has no injuries after the game, and that was always a concern because of the plastic p[itch.
Newcastle got the job done last night – and now we need to beat Stoke City at home on Sunday after our defeat at Swansea last weekend, which leave sus 5th bottom of the Premier League.
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