Pardew – We Beat One Of The Best Teams In Competition

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.

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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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77 comments so far

  • toonLYF

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #1

    ToonDownSouth // Mar 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    You lot are a bunch of whining little girls, you really are.

    Take the good with the bad – we’ve just beaten one of the richest teams in world football, coached by one of the greatest managers in world football, with one of footballs all time great strikers.

    The arrogance and ignorance you must have to think that this game would be anything other than extremely hard is unbelievable.

    just echoing this comment. Anhi were set up superbly in both legs and were as tough as they come to break down, we gave a decent account for ourselves however could have been better. Alot of posters seem to be under the mentality that we’ve played poorly unless we dominate a match scoring numerous goals. We done enough, just enough; which is an occuring theme in Pardews career i understand, but whilst it’s working, and grinding out the results, what’s there to complain about. Our form has picked up, and we’re pretty much out of the relegation battle, we’re beating teams from all over europe, and things are looking really good. Pardew is learning too. He has never had this many quality players at his disposal and has very little European experience. Give them a chance man, things are going pretty well when you step back and take a look.

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Well done Pards, you. and the lads came up trumps,z again

  • toonLYF

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #3

    also, i guess we’re now that “wee club that is still in Europe”…fcuk off Fergie 😉

  • Moe_UAE

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Great performance from the lads.
    I thought Marveaux had a marvelous game at times he seemed on the same level as Ben Arfa.
    Creates spaces for others, inch perfect passes, reads the game really well, and rarely if ever loses the ball and his crosses are the most effective in the team. For me he was the best player of the game.

    Take nothing away from Taylor’s defensive display, although offensively he could have done better with those headers and that clear chance from 6 yards.

    On a side note, I don’t mean to be harsh on anyone, and I know he’s still young and barely being introduced to the top level, but Campbell seemed awfully out of place to be honest, I think he needs to go out on loan as Premier league/Europa league are on totally different planet than U21s. He’s got the potential but introducing him slowly might be a better option for his development.

  • q8igeordie

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #5

    We actually played good tonight considering tiote had to step up and play in cabayes position …. His long range passing are excellent but his short passing is awful … Tbh, fans did not help tonight … Steven Taylor was better than England standard… Adam showed great movement and tracked back a lot … I was thinking if pardew had brought on shola or Obertan … Would they have tracked in the same way as Adam … I don’t think so …. So overall … An excellent performance against one the favourites

  • q8igeordie

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyways .. I just read your health update ed … It’s good to hear that you are getting better … Hope your next set of results gives you peace and happiness

  • q8igeordie

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #7

    I guess I’ll just talk to myself

  • 89Norcal

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Fulham, Norwich, and West Ham all have tough games this weekend. Stoke has West Brom but will probably lose anyways, so we could be 10th by next week.

  • q8igeordie

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #9

    I can’t remember the last time we had a decent back up goalkeeper

  • Benji84

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #10

    I keep saying it when the quality crosses and passes come to Cisse he will score and tonight was an example. Why was everyone bitching about Adam campbell effort tonight as i missed most of the second half. Just saw the goal which i went mental over at work

  • tweaked

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I reckon saylor is starting to blossom into a fantastic defender, on of the best in th EPL… He kept us in he game… Tiote should be sold as he can pass th ball for shit, that is one of our weaknesses, the fact that we try and dribble thru everyone insteado paying th game called football which is a team sport that involves passing the damn ball

    Here’s to hoping we get an eay draw in the next round, hope basil or benfica

  • q8igeordie

    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Tweaked …. Benefica is an excellent team with better players than anzhi …. I wouldn’t mind Chelsea to be honest

  • chris_g

    Mar 15, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #13

    q8igeordie… I wouldn’t mind Lazio either. I know they got a decent result last night but that was against a very ordinary Stuttgart side, and their recent league form has been dreadful. They’ve only won 1 of their last 6 league games, and that was against Pescara – the team at the bottom of the table!

    Also, they’ve got to play their next Europa league home game behind closed doors because they were handed a 2 match ban after crowd trouble (including racist behaviour) during one of their games in an earlier round, so they won’t have the benefit of a home crowd roaring them on. If they really are a bunch of racists then I’d love it, just love it, if they were dumped out of the cup by a team which includes the likes of Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Haidara, Sissoko and Cisse.

  • Assam Toon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #14

    anji could have won yesterday, their fans wont be totally wrong if they say they should have won. Their moves are well oiled and are just as good without the ball. But we won, against 10 men, much spurned moves in the final third and little bit of luck.
    More importantly though, it was our grit and persistence that won it for us. our defence was excellent. what we needed was to make something more out of our forward moves.
    We are not playing like the tournament favourites, yet…but whoever faces us will know that its difficult to score against us. we are playing a bit like italy i guess. we can slide into the final, if not storm.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 15, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Good morning lads!

    …I missed the goal – fell asleep
    the last 10 mins or so I was a
    bit tired (mind you I am old lol)
    Probably was a bit of a boring
    game to watch for better parts,
    but we got our win and Marv is
    starting to show what we all
    know he can do
    Any news on Cabs?

    About Campbell!
    These young kids need time to
    develope and we should not put
    too much pressure on them just
    …young Ginger will go out on
    loan next season I am sure (will
    be good for his developement!

  • Assam Toon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Benfica 2 points cushion in 1st place

    Chelsea & Tottenham have 3 & 4 position fight

    Basel are chasing grasshopper for 1st position

    Fener are saving 2nd spot while chasing galatasaray

    lazio and rubin’s euro are spot in doubt

    newcastle has no chance to win EPL, FA cup, League cup, CL spots, EL spots or getting relegated. As janis joplin sang, freedom is just another word for nopthing left to lose.
    So we have nothing to play for in EPL once we get a couple of wins. Plus we are defending real good. and hba is coming back. plus we are riding our luck, plus pardew got his lucky beard.

    So who would u put ur money on?

  • Santon03

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Everyone played very well last night. The back four are amazing, Marveaux definitely man of the match. Sissoko had 2 great chances from Marv and Santon crosses. Jonas is also amazing, he read the game well. Anita also did a good job.
    My only concern was Tiote. He is more muscle than brain, he almost cost us the game with unnecessary chalenge which resulted free kick and hit the bar. He didn’t have to make that challenge since there were many bodies around the ball. He needs to be more aware of the situation and less trying to be spectacular. The full backs were amazing and so was Saylor.

    Overall it was a great job by the players.

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #18

    If we play like this in the next round, we’ll go straight out of the competition. But if Benny’s back, he can make a difference for us.
    Saylor was a monster btw!
    Any news on Cabaye?

  • saxonfenken

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Not always a Marv lover, but got to admit, his performance last night was wonderful, A very good result against a very good well organized side. A win is a win however it is obtained. Some should be ashamed to call themselves Toon supporters, we can not win every game 5-0
    but I can assure you last night was never going to be a stroll in the park

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #20

    I understand people can be a bit worried about us not creating many chances in these two knock out ties so far but we haven’t conceded either.

    Every team gives the odd chance away but we really limited anzhi to half chances over the two games. I don’t think they should feel hard done by going out.

    It wasn’t vintage football from us but it also wasn’t very good from anzhi either. I think neither side did anything to justify a win but one of us had to go through.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #21


    Exactly….as long as we get through I don’t care if we get battered every game in it.

    Chelsea fans don’t complain their champions league win came off the back of very defensive performances and a lot of luck.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Did Chelski and Spursky pull through?

  • Bambams

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #23

    I see Taylor got fans mom and and rightly so but boys the lad alongside him ‘ Maps ‘ did not put a foot wrong.

    He is a fantastic signing.

    Like thousands more I was at the match and it was not the most entertaining so I spent a lot of time watching him, pace, awareness, composure. …. Top defender. Imo

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Bambams…do we detect a man-crush here? lol

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #25


    Yeh they both made it through.

    hope we don’t draw them, rather have a foreign team….makes it feel more like a european night.


    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #26

    What a ending lads and now quarter finals here we come after the season we have had this is huge imo

    Got a few games before the next Europa night so if we can get to safety by then go hell for leather to glory. Personally I want Benfica next any other suggestions?

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #27


    I am with you there. Mbiwa was very solid. He never really let eto’o run beyond him and he mopped up anything around him very well. I think those two CB’s and then Colo gives us as good a pairing as most teams in the league.

    If we can get another one in over the summer to give us that bit more cover knowing taylor’s injury record I’d feel much better but either way these lads did very well.

  • Bambams

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #28


    Like many other fans I struggle to remember a defender who has started his career at our club as good as this fella. Woodgate in my time but I really rate this player.

    As for man crush. …. Aye !

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning all,

    Well we did it 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #30


    I don’t mind as long as it isn’t an english club…prefer to play other european teams….makes it feel more special.

    Also Lazio and Fenerbache have to play their next home games behind closed doors which should surely help us.

  • Bruva_muz

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Got to Love Saylor’s effort every time, I think he should have been given the Armband after Cabaye went off. Did anyone see Marv trick just before he took the shot that miss to the right of the goal. Dicked the man hand down haha.
    HWTL Toon Keeps trucking along. Steven will get a goal soon and when he does we all know what will happen. The legendary full field celebration.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Thought the team formation & Selection showed character from Pardew and an intent to go for it.

    I don’t think the performance quite lived up to that, especially considering they were down to 10 men, but let’s not forget they are a good team, a bloody expensive team, with a great coach and they set up well to try and contain us….which they did for 92 minutes and 58 seconds…bad luck 🙂

    As for the sending off, they can’t have any complaints about that second challenge, definitely a yellow…just surprised it wasn’t Tiote 😉

    Most of the team played alright, but there was little intent when in the final third. Taylor MOTM for me, played with great spirit and determination.

    Well done for Marv and Cisse saving us again – But just like Cisse isn’t back to his normal self, nor do I think Marv has reached his level yet. Apart from the decisive pass at the end (thank you, thank you, thank you) it wasn’t like he was playing amazingly, but he did assist the win.

    I still stand by he’s not a guaranteed starter week in, week out, but a decent option and a great sub.

    Apart from that, quarters here we come and Pardew out!


    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Wouldn’t mind Lazio though dangerous lot though. I agree on not wanting Spuds or Chelski boring match not a European tie is it. Everyone in there now though is a big lad really so I want the biggest one next which, for me (other than the english teams), is Benfica

  • stuart no9

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #34

    we did well to get the win., however midfield great – defense great – last 1/4 of the pitch – no idea really- no fire power- nothing. even when they went down to 10 men i dont think we troubled their keeper. not for the first time this season have we looked pretty ineffective this season. but we won, even if we were lucky. pards words not mine.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #35


    I think last night was marv’s best game I have seen on the wing. He seemed to be allowed to roam a bit which really suited him. If he does start wide that seems to be the way to play him I think.

  • saxonfenken

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Got to agree about Map’s, except one thing. he passed a ball out to Eto that could easily have caused us a goal against, had Willo done that he would have been slaughtered, but yes is is the best starter I have seen and I have been supporting the Toon since 1950. I remember the three FA Cups and been in 60.000+ crowds standing many times

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Two players that stood out for me were Taylor and Marvo.

    I gave my MOM to Marvo for the cross for he goal.

    Lets hope we can finish the week off at Wigan with a win (not be easy – never do well there)

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #38

    TS…I agree, his best game from that position and I don’t think he had a bad game, but not overly effective really until the end (like the rest of our attacking players last night tbf). Not trying to give the guy grief, honestly I’m not, just don’t think he’s claimed a starting spot out right, he did the same as a sub against Stoke. Would love him to keep the consistency up.

    I do think we controlled the game over the rest of the pitch well and absolutely delighted with the result.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #39


    Lazio or benfica I want…those are the two I see as the big european sides….be nice to get to the game for either or those…also should get a decent away crowd as they aren’t too far away.


    Yeh we really struggled in the final third, we didn’t create a lot but struggling lacking ben arfa, cabaye and gouff…makes it a lot harder (but we have struggled with them so it is something that needs looking at).

    I think for all we didn’t create much neither did anzhi…both teams were weak in the final third.

  • hazzy

    Mar 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #40

    So Marv once again shows why he should start.
    He has played less minutes than Cabaye, HBA and Guti yet he has more assists than all of them and is our top assister this season. Not sure what he has to do to regularly start considering jonas has one assist all season.


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