ALAN Pardew’s warned Anzhi Makhachkala they’ll see a different side to Newcastle United at St James’s Park
The two sides drew 0-0 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium last night.
And the result has left the Round of 16 tie finely-balanced ahead of the return at St James’s Park in six days time.
Newcastle, unused to the artificial surface and the sub-zero temperature, spent much of the match on the back foot.
But Pardew’s confident his team will take the game to Anzhi in the return leg.
“It’s an intriguing tie now,” Pardew said. “If you’re going to go through in Europe, you have got to win, so the emphasis for us on Thursday is to win.
“But we’ve set that up nicely at St James’s Park.
“I’m looking forward to the second-leg because there are some outstanding players in both teams.
“We got what we deserved. We came and gave a really disciplined display.
“I thought our technical players did very well on a difficult surface, and we limited them to very few chances.”
While Anzhi were frustrated not to have won, Pardew doesn’t think his team are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.
“I wouldn’t say we’re favourites because they have got good counter-attacking abilities in the team,” added Pardew, who has now switched his attention to Sunday’s Premier League home game against Stoke City.
“It’s going to be a very different game at St James’s Park, but we really need to set it up on Sunday
“Sunday is something we need to put right.
“If we can get a win there, then I think the mood in our stadium is going to be something that’s going to be very difficult for Anzhi to cope with.
“We didn’t really have to fight the crowd today, and that probably helped us to settle.”
Meanwhile, Anzhi assistant coach Zeljko Petrovic felt Pardew got his tactics spot on.
“They played with 10 men behind the ball,” he said. “It was very difficult for the strikers because they played a very compact, and a very good game.
“It’s a big compliment to our team – they played a very strong tactical and physical game.
“I think when Newcastle play at St James’s Park, they will play with more passion, and more offensively, and I think we also can create more chances in the away game at Newcastle.
“It’s big respect to Anzhi because if a team like Newcastle comes here, and they play defensively, that means they respect the team.
“That’s also a plus point, and a good image for our club.”