Newcastle qualify for Europa League quarterfinals at Anzhiís expense
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew showered praise upon his striker Papiss Demba Cisse after he scored the lone goal that lead to his side’s victory over Anzhi Makhachkala in Europa League on Thursday.
Papiss Cisse scored his second injury-time goal in five days in the 1-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala to help Newcastle United qualify for the quarterfinal stage of the Europa League.
Alan Pardew was all praise for Papiss Cisse, who scored in the dying moments against Stoke City on Sunday. Alan Pardew hailed the finishing ability of Papiss Cisse and admitted the striker had become a huge asset for the club.
“Marvellous finish,” Alan Pardew told ESPN after the game. “Papiss did it on Sunday and did it again tonight. It was a quality cross and he finished it off.
“We did a lot better in the second half and put them under pressure and when you put them under pressure something gives.
“I think we've put out one of the best teams in the competition if I'm honest. We just squeezed over the line and I'm highly delighted. We've had a very, very tough two games.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United’s in-form defender Steven Taylor described the victory as a “massive” achievement.
“In the first half we got the runaround a bit, but in the second half we got stuck in and we did it,” Steven Taylor said.
“Papiss has stepped up to the plate and scored and got us through to the quarter-finals. It was magnificent.”
Anzhi Makhachkala manager Guus Hiddink believes his side could have won the game had they capitalized on the chances they missed earlier in the game. The former Russian manager refused to put blame on his squad and beckoned them to keep fighting.
“We created, against a Premier League team, four or five open chances. We can blame ourselves (for missing them),” Guus Hiddink said.
Guus Hiddink also said that he believed the red card to Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez in the early minutes of the second-half was very “harsh”.
“It was not a wise action what he did, but it was harsh. The referee was maybe a little bit influenced by the crowd.”