UK time is: 10:25:16
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Mbiwa Targets Euro Glory

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa impressed on his first start last week in the first leg of the round of 32 in the Europa league.

Admittedly, the right back position that he filled isn't his preferred slot but the versatile defender will play anywhere to make sure his name is on the teamsheet and he can play in various other roles across the back, including midfield.

Alan Pardew was impressed enough with the display against Metalist Kharkiv that he has hinted that the same back five will be starting again in the Ukraine by telling the Newcastle Journal.

"I thought we defended superbly in the first leg on Thursday night, and repeating that is going to be the key over there.

"In the whole of the first game, I thought we only really gave up one clear chance, and Tim (Krul) was able to snuff that out pretty quickly in the first half.

"We were defensively sound all evening, and even though they tried to catch us on the break in numbers, we prevented them from doing that fairly well. The second game will be different, but defensively we`ll have to be just as good.

"I thought Steven Taylor and Colo in particular were terrific, and Mapou did a really good job on his first start. We`ll have to take that into the second leg."


Mbiwa himself sees progression and has targeted winning the trophy to guarantee our participation in the competition next season by adding.

"I think this competition is important for the whole squad, we all want to advance and progress in Europe," he said.

"We want to win the trophy because that way we will be able to play in Europe again next season.

"I think the squad is very competitive - it`s not just a strong first XI, but everyone who sits on the bench too. Everyone wants to win."






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Talk of the Tyne Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 18 2013

Time: 9:02AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Newcastle United Articles

5 Years Since Sir Bobby Left Us (Thursday July 31 2014)

Remy Back OnThe Agenda? (Monday July 28 2014)

NUFC Chasing The Wrong Targets* (Sunday July 27 2014)

The Usual (Sunday July 27 2014)

Mbiwa Still Linked With Loan Move (Thursday July 24 2014)

French Exodus Continues (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Liam Sweeney and John Alder (Monday July 21 2014)

Ben Arfa Saga Is A Real Shame (Thursday July 17 2014)

Janmaat Gets His Confirmation (Thursday July 17 2014)

Archived Newcastle United Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Rexn 275
2. officemonkey 268
3. OldLeazes 236
4. Toon_NoMatterWot 228
5. AMac 217
6. carlosvendetta 162
7. billybobcat 146
8. Wilco 141
9. Bruce68 70
10. johnjohnson 70

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Spurs 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

AS Trencin v Hull: Team News
Hull City : 31/07/2014 10:23:00
Is Jose Telling the Truth?
Chelsea : 31/07/2014 10:22:00
Costa Continues to Impress
Chelsea : 31/07/2014 10:16:00
Chelsea Loan Update
Chelsea : 31/07/2014 10:03:00
Vitesse Arnhem 1 Chelsea 3
Chelsea : 31/07/2014 09:54:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are we stronger than when we finished 5th?
Suggested By:  TNMW
Yes, there's absolutely no doubt we are 16%
Divvent be stupid man, what planet yee from? 84%