Monday 18 December 2017

Pardew insists Toon can go all the way

Alan Pardew knows he has to stick to the business model at Newcastle
Alan Pardew knows he has to stick to the business model at Newcastle

Alan Pardew has ordered his Newcastle players to go into tonight's Europa League showdown with Anzhi Makhachkala believing they can win the trophy.

Newcastle will look to gain a foothold in the first leg last-16 clash at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium before heading back to Tyneside aiming to secure a quarter-final berth.

Pardew admits that big-spending Anzhi are the toughest nut they have had to crack in the competition, but with his opposite number, Guus Hiddink, having voiced the opinion that the Premier League side will believe they can reach May's final in Amsterdam, the Englishman insists they have to go into battle believing that is a possibility.

"When you get to this stage, all the clubs have a chance," Pardew said. "You need some luck, but you need a good technical game and you need to have the right mentality in the group. Our mentality is strong."

If Newcastle are to leave Russia with a positive result, they will have to do it without at least six members of Pardew's strongest line-up. Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini are injured and Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran ineligible, while Papiss Cisse has a virus and Jonas Gutierrez stayed behind, with Pardew not wanting to aggravate a knee condition on the plastic pitch.

Anzhi Makhachkala v Newcastle,

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