Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance of his team tonight in Lisbon, when we were beaten 3-1 by Benfica, but he wasn’t too pleased with the actual result.
Rodrigo celebrates after scoring Benfica’s first goal
Newcastle got off to a great start in this game when Papiss Cisse scored a great breakaway goal after 12 minutes, after good work from Danny Simpson and Moussa Sissoko.
But after 25 minutes Rodrigo equalized, and then two defensive errors in the second half allowed the home side to run out 3-1 winners.
This is what Pardew told ITV Sport after the game.
“We’ve done so much right tonight and got ourselves into a great position with Papiss’ goal,” “The away goal could come into it if we get the first goal at St James’ Park because if we can get that first goal, we are only going to need one more.”
“In terms of the performance and the players, I can’t fault them. We came here to have a go at them and we did that. They caused some problems to us just before half-time for ten to 15 minutes, but other than that we were in control of the game.”
“If it was 2-1, you would think we would have a good chance at home, but it is an uphill chance for us now. We can be proud of the performance, but disappointed with the result. “You have to say they are a quality side,”
“We have to give them respect and on the break they are going to be dangerous at St James’, but we showed signs tonight that if we are ambitious and we can hurt them.”
Newcastle played well tonight with Tim Krul and Papiss Cisse outstanding, but it’s now going to be a tough uphill battle next Thursday night at St. James’ Park, if we are to get through to the final four of the Europa League.
Newcastle fans in Lisbon Thursday night
Before that game we have to ensure we pick up 3 points against Fulham at home on Sunday.
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