ALAN Pardew told of his “pride” after Newcastle United qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League.
Shola Ameobi scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot at the Metalist Stadium last night.
The 31-year-old’s 64th-minute spot-kick, his 15th European goal, was all that separated the two sides after 180 minutes of football.
And Alan Pardew’s side – who were also indebted to goalkeeper Tim Krul for a series of superb saves late in the game – will now face Anzhi Makhachkala in the next stage of the competition.
“I have to say I was controlled for 65 minutes – we had a good grip of the game,” Pardew said.
“They weren’t really a threat. When they scored the goal they decided to throw the kitchen sink at us. The big boy (Willian) came on. We had to try and tie him up, which we did with Perchie (James Perch).
“Tim – who had had relatively little to do, had to produce two magnificent saves.
“That last 15-20 minutes we were great. You get that on a cold night against a team desperate to get a goal. There were some great last-ditch challenges.
“Mapou (Yanga-Mbiwa) and Massadio (Haidara) were brilliant.
“It was a great night for Newcastle football club – I’m proud.”
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