Newcastle boss confident of Europa League success

Newcastle United manager Alan PardewNewcastle manager Alan Pardew believes that his side can go even further in this year’s Europa League, after beating Metalist Kharkiv.

Having been held to a 0-0 draw at St James’ Park in the first leg, the Magpies needed a positive result away in Ukraine.

They got the win they desired, thanks to a Shola Ameobi penalty in the second-half.

With their spot in the last-16 guaranteed, Pardew is confident that his side can go far in the competition:

“It’s an important result for us.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“With (Hatem) Ben Arfa coming back and Cheick (Tiote) to add to that side, I really feel as though we can give this competition a good go.”

Ameobi started for Newcastle, despite his status as a back-up player within the club’s squad.

The 31-year-old kept calm, after Moussa Sissoko had been brought down by Metalist goalkeeper Oleksandr Goryainov in the area, to slot home from the spot.

Pardew revealed after the game that he had challenged the lifelong Newcastle man to produce a decisive performance, and that he was thrilled by his response:

“I had a little quiet word with Shola before the game because, in the last few weeks, I thought his contribution could have been greater,

“But he’s shown tonight what quality he has. Against this team, I always thought he might influence the game. He did that all night really and it bodes well moving forward.”

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