Keep calm and play on says Newcastle boss

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Magpies manager Alan Pardew encouraged his players to ignore the hostility of tonight’s Europa League game and focus on getting through to the last-sixteen of the competition.

A 40,000 roaring crowd awaits Newcastle in Ukraine, although a score draw is all Pardew’s squad need to knock out Metalist after the 0-0 of the first leg.

The cauldron atmosphere is one of the main concerns for the Pardew, who told The Sun:  “Dealing with this type of atmosphere is perhaps where we lack a bit of experience in Europe.”

The Magpies boss expects the majority of his squad to be able to thrive under pressure, but he admitted he will keep an eye on those likely to struggle with it.

“We need to be able to cope with that. Guys like Yohan Cabaye have played on the international stage and is used to that scenario,” he added.

“I do not envisage a problem with 90 per cent of our group but one or two I will be watching closely to see how they cope with it.

“We are a lot stronger now. If we get through this tie, we have as good a chance as anyone else.”

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