Newcastle will go into Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final second leg, after we lost the first leg 3-1 in Lisbon, when we gifted the Portuguese side two goals in the second half.
Alan Pardew – we can do if we are patient
And we don’t expect Newcastle to go gung-ho on Thursday night – as it will be very important for our defense to be very solid - we really cannot afford to concede a goal otherwise we’ll have to score four to get through, or three to force overtime, which is hardly what we want.
It looks like Alan will play this game with some caution – at least at the beginning of the game:
“We just need to get ourselves in a good position. If we can get a goal with 20 minutes to go, we can do it – that’s the agenda for me.”
“Our fans need to understand on Thursday, in the quarter-final of the Europa League, that if we go gung-ho looking for two quick goals, we are just going to get killed.”
“Benfica have got real quality on the break. We have got to be very intelligent and we have got to be patient.”
We need to keep it at 0-0 for a while, and we watched the Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga game tonight, when the German side scored two goals in a minute in stoppage time to win the game 3-2 – even though their last and winning goal saw four Dortmund players offside when the cross came in that led to the goal.
What was the lineman doing?
But given what happened in Dortmund, Newcastle can bring off the impossible on Thursday night in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd.
So if it’s 0-0 when stoppage time comes along – we’ll have Benfica exactly where we want them – and Papiss then just has to score a couple of goals in stoppage time – and he knows how to do that.
Howay The Lads!!
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