NEWCASTLE were given another Carling Cup scare last night.
But manager Alan Pardew is likely to again make changes in the next round of the competition.
Pardew’s much-changed side overcame Nottingham Forest in the last few seconds of extra time at the City Ground thanks to a headed goal from captain Fabricio Coloccini.
“What’s important to us is getting another couple of wins,” Pardew said. “If we do, then we can get attack the cup.
“I have to pay tribute to the players, and make sure that all of the group are getting enough game time. I’ll look at the Premier League fixtures, and make sure we’re competitive.
“It would be nice to get a home draw, but we keep going forward.”
ardew felt there were a lot of positive performances, not least from Sylvain Marveaux, who set up Peter Lovenkrands’ first goal and won the penalty for his second.
Pardew added: “In any game where you make nine changes, you can’t expect a team that is nailed down and won’t make errors. Still, the goals we conceded were disappointing.
“Some of our individual displays from within our team were a real fillip for us. If I’d lost the game, I’d still be in positive mode – we had some great performances.
“Ben Arfa had a 60 minute game through the middle, and also Marveaux’s effort and application. Sammy (Ameobi) and (Gabriel) Obertan were great, and Peter got two goals.
“Mehdi always wanted to be on the ball, and never stood off. (Danny) Guthrie also chipped in and played well. I’m happy with our individuals, but we fell down a little bit with our team structure. I told the players that they couldn’t do any more than make my job difficult, and they have.
“They all produced, and they all know they played very well.”