Alan Pardew confident of Anzhi win

Newcastle United manager Alan PardewNewcastle manager Alan Pardew believes that his team have a good chance of beating Anzhi Makhachkala to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Magpies secured a 0-0 draw away in Russia last week, to put themselves in a strong position heading into the return leg at St James’ Park.

The Tyne club also have a formidable home record, winning their last three games.

Pardew is confident that his Newcastle side can book their spot in the next round, citing the club’s supporters as a potential advantage during the game:

“It’s a great position for us. It’s quite simple – we need to win. If you’re going to go through in a tie you need to win, you don’t want to go through on away goals; you want to win a game,” he told Sky Sports.

“We squeezed through last time and we want to win this one. The agenda is in front of us, the emphasis is on us, we’ll have 42,000 Geordies in there going mad.”

Anzhi have already faced English opponents in this year’s competition, after being drawn against Liverpool during the group stage.

Pardew believes that his side will be a sterner test for the travellers than the one they face at Anfield:

“They have had experience playing against Premier League opposition this year at Liverpool. I think they lost 1-0. I think this game will be tougher for them.”

However, Pardew did admit that it will be a tough match for his side, but one he believes is winnable:

“It’s a tough agenda for us, make no mistake, but I still have a strong feeling that we can win.”

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