I think this is one of those results where afterwards, because Newcastle made Anzhi look so ordinary, people want to forget Newcastle were up against a team who were second favourites for the whole competition and included world class players such as Eto’o and Willian.
If you go back to the Spurs match less than a month ago, with all options available, Alan Pardew’s first choice defence was Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Taylor and Santon, a completely different back five!
I think it would be a great PR gesture, and the right thing to do, if Newcastle United refunded each of those 72 fans £XXX of what they’d roughly have paid to do the trip. At the very least why not invite the 72 into the directors box for the home leg, it would create the kind of positive publicity you just can’t buy.
A lot of fine performances as Newcastle kept their discipline (and their feet if possible!) and saw the game out to take a brilliant result back to St.James’ Park. Who though stood out for you in black and white?
United became the first team to take a point from Anzhi at ‘home’ and also the first visitors to keep a clean sheet, Liverpool one of those defeated earlier in the campaign. This is a great result and must make Newcastle favourites to go through, Howay The Lads!
It will be interesting to see how the team form up on the pitch but my money is on Obertan getting the main striking role, if you remember Alan Pardew put him through the middle against Metalist in the second half.
Could Newcastle be creating a new club record tonight by playing their fourth consecutive match in a different country? After our trip to Metalist, we hosted Southampton before travelling to Wales and a visit to Swansea. Now we (well not me!) are off to Russia and Anzhi.