I don’t think there was anything more that Alan Pardew and his team could have done last night, I really felt sorry for them at the end of the match and especially Pardew when he had to face the cameras afterwards.
The manager had put his best team out, they’d got the better of a very good team over the ninety minutes and only poor match officials, bad luck and the odd bit of poor finishing meant that Newcastle won’t be taking at least a two goal lead to the Ukraine.
Alan Pardew post-match;
“I can’t play all of the team on Thursday and then all of the team against Southampton, we just aren’t going to have the energy.
I’m going to have to make changes, either in the second leg of this, or in the Premier League game.
I need to get that right because I’m really desperate to go through, even more so with those two decisions going against us.
The last thing you want to do is look back at the end of the tie and say we should have won two nil”.
Sadly I think that is exactly what we will be all saying because even with our best side out, the visitors looked very dangerous.
Alan Pardew has said he can’t play the same eleven in both matches and the Europa leg has to be the one to suffer. Maybe if Newcastle had sneaked an extra 3 points at White Hart Lane they could have had made the match in the Ukraine the priority.
However, if you want to argue the point then I can only suggest you look at the league table, end of story.