Cabaye warms up Metalist challenge

CHEST-THUMPING ... Yohan Cabaye.
CHEST-THUMPING ... Yohan Cabaye.

YOHAN Cabaye says Newcastle United are ready to turn up the heat on Metalist Kharkiv in sub-zero Ukraine.

Cabaye and his team-mates were left frustrated after Papiss Demba Cisse had two goals ruled out for offside in Thursday night’s goalless draw at St James’s Park.

And Alan Pardew’s side face a daunting task in Kharkiv on Thursday night.

However, midfielder Cabaye’s adamant that the club can still qualify for the Round of 16 – despite not having a goal advantage to take to the Metalist Stadium, where the temperature is expected to be well below zero at kick-off.

“We all want to go to the next stage,” Cabaye said.

“We want to give 100 per cent in this competition. We’re going to have to use our experience if we’re going to go through.”

Cisse’s disallowed goals were the main talking point after the game, which saw Pardew name his strongest starting XI yet in the Europa League.

While Metalist’s team – littered with South American players – had spells of possession, Newcastle had the better chances.

While disappointed that United didn’t win the first leg, Cabaye feels the fact that the visitors didn’t score an away goal could yet prove crucial, as a score draw in Ukraine would see United progress to the next round.

“Of course we’re frustrated – I think we played well,” added Cabaye.

“We played as a team. We had a few chances to score, and two goals disallowed.

“We’re frustrated, but the main thing is that we haven’t conceded a goal.

“It’s important. We know we have to score away from home. If we score, they have to score twice.

“This is a big thing. They have to win. We have to score.”

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko, a France international team-mate of Cabaye, again impressed with his drive and energy.

“We know how important Moussa can be for the team, the group and the club,” said Cabaye.

“He’s a big help since he’s come to the club. We hope he can keep his performances going.”

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