I'll take a score draw - Pardew

  • Last Updated: February 21 2013, 8:29 GMT

Alan Pardew will not be too disappointed if Newcastle fail to add to their lone away victory this season in Kharkiv tonight - as long as they come away with a score draw.

Alan Pardew: Hoping performances will get better
Alan Pardew: Hoping performances will get better

The Magpies' only success in all competitions on the road to date came at Aston Villa on January 29, and that has been a source of intense frustration.

However, they will run out to face Metalist Kharkiv in the second leg of their Europa League tie knowing that a draw, as long as they score, will send them into the last 16 after the 0-0 stalemate on Tyneside last week.

Pardew said: "I will take a draw if it is a score draw because that means we will go through.

"We have had a lot of problems away from home because of a lack of availability, and we have those players back now and have increased size of the squad.

"Performances will get better hopefully, starting tomorrow."

Newcastle might have been preparing for their trip to the Metalist Stadium holding a 2-0 lead after striker Papiss Cisse had two first-leg goals controversially ruled out for offside.

However, Pardew insists they are over their frustration and ready to do battle once again.

He said: "The linesman had an impact on the last game. He made two decisions we felt were wrong.

"But you have to accept officials get some decisions wrong. We accept that and now we have to get a win or score draw, which will be difficult because we know the opposition are a fine side."

French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who played such a big part in the Magpies earning their return to the European stage with last season's heroics, is desperate for the adventure to continue.

He said: "I feel the game is very important for us, for the players, for the team and for the fans, so we are all focussed on the game.

"We all want to go through and play at the next stage because the Europa League, for me, is a big competition.

"We can play against good teams and get some more experience for the future to take into the Premier League."

Cabaye's form since his return from groin surgery has been a major factor in Newcastle's recent improvement, as has the injection of five January signings, all of them compatriots of the France international.

He said: "For me, it was good, more French players coming to Newcastle.

"I was not worried because I know the players who came to the club and I knew the qualities that they have.

"I was happy because I knew they would give us an opportunity to go forward in the league and play in the Europa League as well."

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