Pardew tells Newcastle United: Get fired up for return

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ALAN Pardew says Newcastle’s players will have “fire in their bellies” when they face Metalist Kharkiv in next week’s Europa League second leg tie.

Pardew’s players left St James’s Park last night aggrieved after Papiss Cisse had two goals chalked off for offside.

“When you get decisions like that going against you, it puts fire in your belly,” Pardew said.

“We came off the pitch very, very disappointed with those decisions, and we’re going to take that into the second leg.

“Both goals were goals – when you see the replays, you can see that.

“The first one, I have to say, I was a little bit undecided from where I stood, but the second one I thought was a definite goal, so that was tough to take because in these games, those margins are the difference.

“The benefit on those lines is for the striker – that’s the rule – and both decisions were level.”

Pardew will now have to decide whether Cisse starts the second leg – or the home Premier League game against Southampton a week on Sunday.

“He could have two goals to his name as well if the decisions had gone his way,” said Pardew.

“He hasn’t seen the replays yet, and I think that will just hinder his sleep somewhat. But he looks sharp – he keeps getting in there.

“The last three or four games, he’s had more chances than he’s had all season. (Moussa) Sissoko was absolutely brilliant again. He is opening gaps for him.

“With all strikers, they feel a lot better when they score. When he looks back and sees those two goals, he will be disappointed.

“But it will just put fire in his belly, hopefully, for the return leg or the game against Southampton, wherever he plays. He’s a natural finisher and some of the chances and the positions he took himself into were very evident, and he was very unlucky not to score.”

Defender Steven Taylor said: “We’re absolutely gutted. It was one of our best performances in a while. Everything the gaffer asked of us we did – we just didn’t win.”