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Pardew proud of European adventure

12 April 2013 02:31

Alan Pardew insists he is proud of his players despite Newcastle bowing out of the Europa League against Benfica on Thursday.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg Newcastle knew they would need to mount a stirring comeback in order to make the last four of the competition, and were roared on by a passionate St James' Park crowd.

Papiss Cisse gave the hosts hope when he nodded home on 71 minutes after twice being denied by the assistant referee's flag, but Eduardo Salvio killed off the tie with a clinical finish in injury time.

The 4-2 aggregate defeat ends the European adventure which has proved a welcome distraction from a disappointing Premier League campaign, but Pardew is adamant his men could do no more.

"They are a good side - you can't let them get a lead against you," he told ITV.

"In the first half we kept it tight and looked to nick a goal - and almost did before half-time.

"We had two or three big chances at 1-0 but you can't ask for anything more from the crowd, the players.

"You've got to respect the opposition - technically they are a superb side.

"I am so proud of the performance - we couldn't have done any more.

"We've got some very good players - when we get them all back we've got a very good side."

Benfica counterpart Jorge Jesus felt his side produced a business-like display in securing their place in the final four.

Jesus was greateful for the impact made by his second-half substitutes, who in his mind made a big difference in stopping Newcastle's late onslaught.

"Our objective was to go through and we have achieved that tonight which is great for our club," Jesus said.

"We are very happy to have progressed to the next round tonight.

"I thought it was important to have players with speed to make an impact on the game which is why I made the substitutions that I did.

"With that I felt we could create more chances and it helped to open up the opposition. this tactic eventually led to our goal."

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Info

Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
11 April 2013
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 4
Venue
St. James' Park (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Attendance
52157

Goals

P. Cissé 71'
(assist by Shola Ameobi) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
90'+2 E. Salvio
 (assist by Rodrigo)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5
13 81'
6 83'
35
4 70'
18
7
8
20
9 67' 71'
Coach: A. Pardew
# Player Bookings
1 31'
4
24
25
35 31'
20
21
18 90+2'
34 49'
11
15
Coach: Jorge Jesus

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
10
22
14
15
21
49
# Player Bookings
7
19
33
10
13
14
89

Wednesday 23 April

14:48
14:12
14:03
13:33
13:28
13:18
13:02
12:58
12:15
11:35
11:28
11:23
10:51
10:40
10:36
10:14
10:10
09:49
08:48
08:37
06:28
06:21
06:18
06:16
04:45
04:42
03:42
03:42
03:39
02:23
01:17
01:17

Tuesday 22 April

23:56
23:40
23:19
23:18
22:45
22:07
21:30
21:21
20:51
19:21
19:19
18:58
18:21
18:21
18:14
17:48
17:38
17:25
17:13
17:02
16:58
16:43
16:31
16:21
16:12
15:39
15:32
15:16
14:28
14:05
13:40
13:15
13:12
13:05
12:48
12:38
12:14
12:07
11:21
11:12
11:04
10:45
10:34
10:16
09:54
09:34
09:22
06:45
06:44
06:44
06:18
04:45
04:41
04:11
02:51
01:13
01:11
01:09

Monday 21 April

23:55
23:55
23:51
23:37
22:59
21:51
21:27
20:44
20:28
20:22
20:07
19:40
18:51
18:14
18:07
17:58
17:08
16:39
16:13
15:42
15:08
14:29
14:22
13:51
13:50
11:43
11:36
11:21
10:58
10:33
10:03
09:36
09:21
08:55
08:44
07:30
07:09
06:06
05:33
04:55
03:42
03:30
02:54
02:51
02:05
01:44
01:36
00:04

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 35 +52 80
2 35 +41 75
3 34 +56 74
4 35 +21 70
5 35 +23 69
6 35 +2 63
7 34 +16 57
8 35 +5 49
9 35 -15 46
10 35 -10 44
11 35 -13 43
12 35 -10 37
13 35 -4 36
14 34 -9 36
15 34 -14 35
16 34 -13 33
17 35 -28 32
18 35 -34 30
19 35 -42 30
20 34 -24 29

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