Newcastle United 0 - 0 Metalist Kharkiv

Match info: Europa League - Round of 32 at St James' Park, Newcastle

Date: 14/02/2013 KO: 20:05 Ref: T Hagen Att: 30,157

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  • Last Updated: February 14 2013, 23:55 GMT

Alan Pardew was left to bemoan two disallowed goals as Newcastle were denied a Europa League victory over Metalist Kharkiv in controversial style.

Alan Pardew: Felt Cisse's goals should have stood
Alan Pardew: Felt Cisse's goals should have stood

Striker Papiss Cisse saw efforts chalked off either side of half-time - with replays suggesting both decisions might have been wrong - to send the Ukrainian side into the second leg with a slight advantage.

Pardew said: "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.

"He [Cisse] could have two goals to his name as well if the decisions had gone his way.

"When you get decisions like that going against you, it puts fire in your belly. We came off the pitch very, very disappointed with those decisions and we are going to take that into the second leg."

The unfortunate Cisse also passed up a series of other opportunities to give the Magpies a lead to take to Ukraine next week, the last of them a stoppage-time header from point-blank range.

However, Pardew refused to concede that Metalist will go into the return with the upper hand, although he knows his side will have to produce a performance of real character to progress.

He said: "No, I don't think they do. Looking at the game, it was a very even game - but it will be a different game in their stadium and a different agenda.

"They need to come and beat us and the way we defended tonight were organised and the pace in the team suggests to me that it's very, very exciting, and I think the second leg will be the same.

"There's no way we were going to win that game 3-0, no way.

"I knew the opposition were good enough for that not to happen, so we were always going to take a slender lead or, as in this case, no goals scored.

"A score draw takes us through, so that's some bonus for us to take into the second leg.

"Some of our best moments tonight when Metalist came on to us tonight and on the break, and I think that might be a feature of the second leg, hopefully."

Cisse twice thought he had given the Magpies the lead, first after converting Moussa Sissoko's 23rd-minute pass and then when he guided home Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's cross 16 minutes from time.

However on both occasions, his celebrations were halted by an offside flag with replays suggesting he had been unfortunate, particularly with his earlier effort.

Metalist will feel they had earned their good fortune after giving as good as they got for long periods with Tim Krul having to be at his best to keep out Cleiton Xavier's first-half header.

But they will be grateful to have headed back to Ukraine knowing victory on their own pitch will be enough to see them into the last 16.

But manager Myron Markevich was refusing to take anything for granted.

He said: "It's 50-50. Newcastle are a very good team and I am just wondering why Newcastle are not in the top 10 this time.

"It's a very balanced team and I think the quality shown by them was very good.

"It was quite a good game. No-one sat back. It could have been a win, it could have been a defeat. Both teams could have won the game."

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