NEWCASTLE face a daunting task to progress in the Europa League away to Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday night.
But striker Shola Ameobi is adamant that Alan Pardew’s players – held to a goalless draw at home in the first leg last week – are not fazed by the challenge of winning on Ukrainian soil.
“I don’t think there’s fear in that dressing room – we’ve got enough international players in our side,” Ameobi said
“I’m sure they’ve all played in hostile territory before. It’s not something that we’ll fear.
“I’ll enjoy it, personally. We’ll try to prove a point.
“It’ll probably be a bit colder, so there’s that to deal with as well.
“We’re excited. We’re not behind in the tie, which is good. They haven’t scored an away goal. That could prove decisive for us.
“Personally, this is a big tournament. It’s a European competition, and we want to get as far as we can.
“The manager takes this seriously, and so do we as players.”
Ameobi came off the bench in the first leg – which saw two Papiss
Cisse goals disallowed for offside – and he left the field frustrated that Newcastle would not be taking a goal advantage to Kharkiv.
“We had a hatful of chances,” he said. “On another day, we could have
been 3-0 up and the tie effectively over.
“As it is, we have to go over there and play a very good side on their own patch. It’s not going to be easy.
“The clean sheet’s always a nice one to have. We have to go over there and be on the top of our game to win this tie.
“I imagine it’ll be quite a hostile atmosphere over there. It’s going to be a really difficult game for us.
“You could see they’re a really good footballing side – they could open us up. We have to make sure we’re tight first and foremost, and get an away goal.”