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Alan Pardew: Newcastle’s manager appreciates the owner’s support

Alan Pardew says it would be a 'massive' result if Newcastle beat Anzhi Makhachkala

The Magpies meet the vanquishers of Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday

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Magpies buoyed by arrival of January transfer signings

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