Post-Match Reaction From FC Metalist After Newcastle’s win
Metalist midfielder Edmar;
“You can pick out many reasons as to why we got beat but I’d like to say one simple thing; Newcastle United were the better side.
We showed Newcastle too much respect and let them control the game.
After the goal we started to play the way they’d expected us to play and created a lot of chances, the Newcastle goalkeeper though played a great match”.
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Another of the home midfielders, Sebastian Blanco, explained why we didn’t see Metalist go for the jugular early on;
“After the match in England both teams knew each other very well, that’s why we were a bit afraid to play open football at the start”.
Blanco also had a valuable insight into what decides results at the very top level;
“What happens in football is very simple, the team who scores the most takes it all”.
A lot of credit must go to Alan Pardew because he set up his team to attack that little bit more than the home side and if Newcastle scored first it was always going to be a massive ask for Metalist to then score two.
Newcastle win the tie and keep a clean sheet over three hours of football.
Not bad going against a team who had scored 2 or more goals in 6 of their 7 previous competitive Europa League matches before their dead rubber against Rapid Vienna.
Alan Pardew’s star on the rise again?
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