Alan Pardew aims to bolster Newcastle team for the next phase of Europa League
Bordeaux 2 Newcastle United 0
Thursday 06 December 2012
The Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, is hoping to head into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a significantly stronger squad than the one with which he started.
Newcastle had already qualified for the next stage of the competition before tonight’s 2-0 defeat in Bordeaux, which saw the French side retain their place at the top of Group D to secure, in theory at least, a more favourable draw.
Pardew fielded an inexperienced side at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with the likes of Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba all left at home nursing injuries and Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye on the long-term casualty list.
However, he is hoping that by the time they resume their European campaign in February, his hand will have been strengthened considerably.
Pardew said: “We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare.
“I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn’t qualified and they played their best team on that pitch. It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.
“But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.
“I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.”
Man of the match Diabaté.
Match rating 6/10.
Referee M Masiah (Israel).
Latest in Sport
Diego Costa injury: Chelsea striker a doubt for Everton match due to muscle injury
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger says he will be 'actively involved' on deadline day... but may not buy a striker despite Giroud injury
Angel Di Maria: Manchester United winger to wear iconic No 7 shirt
England manager Roy Hodgson lectures Luke Shaw over fitness issues
Champions League draw: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City learn group stage fate
- 1 Students heading off to 'charity challenge' grounded at Gatwick after travel firm goes bust
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Like Jennifer Aniston, I am no less of a woman because I am childless
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage