Talk Shifts From Relegation To Winning Europa League


On January 20th it was the day after we were  beaten by Reading 2-1 at St. James’ Park, and then a few days later top striker target Loic Remy decided he preferred to play for QPR rather than Newcastle, and at that time – all Newcastle fans were thinking about was to get some players in that could save us from relegation – and stop that sinking feeling – we were 2 points above the drop zone.

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Moussa Sissoko – this man has made a huge difference at Newcastle

Fast forward aroundt eight weeks,  and Newcastle are 9 points above the drop after having won four of the six league games played since the Reading loss, and we are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after beating Metalist Kharkiv, and we drew our first leg  against Anzhi 0-0 in Moscow last week.

So tonight we could go though to the Europa League quarter finals with a win, but the manager and some of the players are even thinking we coan even win the Europa League this season.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the local papers today.

“We’ve had a tough season so it’d be nice for the fans to think of the possibility that we could win this trophy. I think we can, I genuinely do. I’ve seen the other teams and I see no reason that we can’t.” 

“You need a few things to drop for you, the example was Tuesday night when AC Milan had the chance on 42 minutes.”  “If that chance goes in, suddenly that result is not what it was this morning. You need those little slices of luck to go your ways, but I’ve looked at the other teams left and we can win it.”

“We’ve got enough quality and enough players fit. Whereas in the past, in the FA Cup and League Cup this year, we had to  put out  sides that weren’t good enough for this club. This side is good enough to win the trophy and we hope to prove that. We know we’re up against some good opposition this time.”

“It’s a strange one for Anzhi I’m sure they would like the Moscow stadium full to put extra pressure on players to play to a high level.” . “It might be that our crowd inspires them, but on the other hand they could intimidate them.”

“It’s up to us to keep the level of attacks to get the crowd going to unleash the kind of noise and atmosphere that no team can deal with.”

We hope we get a big crowd at the game tonight – and first things first – we hope we can get a win and then we’re through to the quarter final draw – which would be terrific.

And then we have to take Wigan apart on Sunday afternoon. 😀

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35 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    If any of you fans inspire Anzhi you’re in big trouble! 🙂 Only intimidation, are we clear?

    Loving this lads enthusiasm and optimism. Lets go win this mofo.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Hilariously the UEFA ambassador for the europa final is none other than patrick kluivert! That sounds a bit like destiny to me. 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Cheers Ed!

    Rotonda
    Would be absolutely gutted if we went out on away goals would probably be more heart breaking than being on the end of a rout to be honest!
    There’s no benefit to set up not to concede tonight, we need to go out and just get at them, think we could all forgive pardew if we went out whilst genuinely go for it!

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  • Joe Blog

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    On HBA – it’s a ploy! To cast doubt into the minds of any club that was preparing to splash the cash in him! Everything’s a ploy! Mike Ashley is still creaming the club y’know!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Tads…You seem happy to have a new thread not about Arfa. Is this because you hate him?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Markaccus

    I’m worried about the lack of invention and creativity without Benny, Goofy and Debuchy.

    Our only other creative player in that same genre as Benny , not saying Sissoko and Cabs aren’t, is Marveaux who only seems to work in cameos when played in the middle, not out wide. That pass for Ba at Arsenal and the one to set up Cisse v Stoke were sensationaL

    Just hope Cabs, Socks, M’Biwa, Cisse et al can pull us though

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Rainrix
    Lets hope that hope he doesn’t lose his earring during the opening ceromony and they have to delay kick off by a couple of hours!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda…With that in mind, do you think Marv will start or will Pardew bring him on as a sub to try and change the game later on?

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Tads….. If he does at least we’ll be in amsterdam, theres worse places to get delayed 🙂

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  • tweaked

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    would love to see 52000 scarfs been held up high tonight…. that would give me goosebumps 🙂

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Got a feeling pardew might throw in a tactical surprise today and go 4 4 2 with cisse and shola/campbell upfront

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza
    Yup I’ve been sabotaging his medical reports for months, he should be playing tonight! Finish the b@stard off!

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Jay… I’ll bet my house shola will play either as a sub or starter, theres no way pards will deny him his 50th appearance in what could be his last chance to get it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix/silent bob
    Word!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Tads…Evil but brilliant. Then Obertan can get his rightful place back. Wait a sec, have you thought this one through?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Great win tonight…few hours ahead here so already seen the game….newcastle win 3-1

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  • neilinho

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Morning all, is Torq around at all?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Transfer…Where are you then?

    Either way, time for some celebration drinks then! We’re in the quarters!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #19

    can’t go all out from the off tonight

    we need to make sure have a solid base to attack from….we only created 1 good chance over there so if we get to carried away and ship and early goal then scoring 2 might be difficult.

    There is no time to sit back too much or sit on a 1 goal lead but we do need to attack in a sensible way.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #20

    ibiza

    I cant reveal that, would give the game away and then everyone would know results in advance.

    Lets just say I’m so far ahead I can tell you man utd win prem league, barca la liga and real win the champs league.

    also if anyone offers you to buy stock in tesco do it……when the rule the world only those with any will be spared.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Transfer…Now I’m confused. Why cast doubt over the win?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    TS…Ermmm…So 3-1 isn’t the result? I’m starting to think your on the wind…only now though, I thought you were being genuine before 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza
    Obertan is the future of this club the one and only true talent in our shambles of a squad!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Tads…Don’t forget Abeid, he’s already better than Cabaye.

    Actually, where has everyones favourite poster gone to lately?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    neneuk and saxon

    From previous thread

    It’s when pardew does things like that makes me despair.
    Benny is a valuable top commodity that your treat like a thoroughbred.

    It was a perfect storm, player out for ages, sub zero conditions and plastic pitch. Hmm….maybe not a good idea to play from the start !!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Sage
    Think tonight will be a memorable memorable night on Tyneside
    Absolutely buzzing work is crawling by today!

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza…. He imploded after his true 1st club wigan and his favourite ever player scharner, got through to the semis of the FA cup.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Rainrix…Death by Scharners semi? Sounds like a really bad movie.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #29

    ibiza

    I think unless Sissoko can somehow bludgeon a way through we are going to need Marv at some point. Whether he should be a starter depends on where he will be deployed I guess.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza…. Its actually a heart warming story of paul chasing his dreams and becoming a truck driver, along the way he runs over a cat and has to go on a journey of self discovery.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #31

    In kets defense, sharner has been superb !!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda…I get the feeling it will be a moment or two of brilliance that will win this one, so I do expect to see Marv at some point and hope he delivers. Usually it’s through the middle. How do you feel about Sissoko wider to accommodate a Marv start through the middle?

    Don’t really like putting someone in a weaker position, but feel it may benefit the team in this instance.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda…Of course he has, he’s Paul Scharner 🙂

    Rainrix…I just don’t think it can compare to the book. Was such a great read and really, apart from the man himself, who could play the part and give it the justice it deserves?

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  • martoon

    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #34

    Got my tickets and looking forward to tonights match although I think it is going to be bl**dy freezing. Taking Mrs martoon so we are bound to win 🙂

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  • toonincheek

    Mar 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #35

    Don’t see how you can call Pardew for a risk in playing HBA away to Anzhi.
    He has to start sometime.
    And the cold weather doesn’t seem to have been the cause of the ‘reaction’.

    More likely it was the playing time, which may have been a bit too much, but if he’s feeling good on the pitch (he didn’t have to do too much tracking back) then let him continue as long as he feels OK.

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