51-year-old Newcastle manager Alan Pardew saw his team gain almost a last second victory over a very good Anzhi Makhachkala side last night, to get into the pot for tomorrow’s draw for the Europa League quarter finals.
Cisse and Taylor after the game – yes we did it!
And Newcastle will be in the pot with the two other England sides in the competition – Chelsea and Tottenham – who both got through last night.
Alan had said that he thought an England side would win the Europa League this season, and the manager thinks Newcastle are in with a decent chance of winning the competition outright:
“The question was asked to me yesterday and of course I think we can win it. But we can’t get carried away.” “I do honestly believe that we have put one of the best teams out of this competition.”
“If you ask me from the side of the pitch technically where do I pitch them, I would pitch them as a top-five team in the Premier League.” “They caused us a lot of problems. They have outstanding individual players in every area, really.”
“We have beaten them, albeit with a slight bit of good fortune in this tie, so we can go on and win it.” “The one thing we do know is that the home tie here, whoever gets us is going to be in for another electric night.” “The fans played their part tonight, they really did.”
“I have never experienced a game finish as late as that ever. John Carver came over and told me the game was over.” “I thought it was over before Cisse scored, actually, for a horrible moment, so it was great that it was the last strike of the game.”
“I was just asked if the result was justified or fair and I told them, ‘It’s not a jury sport’. If I would have had a jury tonight, I think we would have won unanimously.” “But it’s not about the good play we did, it’s also to be effective and they proved in the last and, I think, one and only open chance, that they got their result.”
It was Papiss Cisse’s 10th goal of the season, and it got Newcastle a dramatic win, and the Senegal striker had done the same thing on Sunday against Stoke City, when he scored two minutes into added time.
And it was French U21 International Sylvain Marveaux, who had another good game for Newcastle, who provided the inch perfect cross from the right wing for Cisse to powerfully head the ball home.
And it was Marveaux who threaded the needle on Sunday afternoon, as he found Cisse unmarked in the penalty area with another perfect defense splitting pass.
Now we need to beat Wigan on Sunday at the DW Stadium, and keep our win streak going.
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