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A Gabriel Obertan goal sealed a 1-0 Europa League win for the Magies, with Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson all coming in for praise

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has hailed the club's youngsters after they helped the Magpies to a hard-fought Europa League victory over Brugge on Thursday night.

Gabriel Obertan's second-half goal separated the side's at St. James' Park, with Pardew's men moving three points clear at the top of Group D.

And the 51-year-old was quick to hail the performances of young trio Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi, after all three played a key role in the win.

"[The] young group is pushing hard. Bigirimana showed again that he is going to be a player for us and Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi [had] great games," Pardew told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"[Ferguson's] got one of those left foots you could peel an Orange with. He hit three fantastic crosses tonight and I'm an admirer of him, I like the way he plays the game.

"He's a forward thinking player who wants to constantly attack, and I think he has a big future at the club, as Sammy has.

"Sammy showed what fantastic technique he's got [for the goal] and if he can translate that [into the first team] he's going to be big player.

"In [young academy striker Adam] Campbell, Bigirimana, Sammy and Ferguson, we've got four players pushing for the first team, and Campbell was unlucky not to feature tonight."

Match-winner Obertan also came in for praise from his manager, with Pardew stating only the recent form of Hatem Ben Arfa had kept the former Man United winger from securing a regular first-team sport.

"Thats the second European night we owe a debt to him and he was very significant in the game, and he's pushing for a first team place, so we've got real competition in the group," he added.
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"He really hasn't done much wrong, and at the minute he's being kept out by our best player in Ben Arfa. He's only 23 that kid and he was brilliant tonight."

However, midfielder Chiekh Tiote's stuttering start to the season continued, with the Ivorian yet to find the form which saw him touted for moves to Arsenal and Chelsea last season. And Pardew believes his performance on Thursday was affected by his red card in last Sunday's 1-1 derby draw with Sunderland.

"Theres no doubt in my mind he was affected by the sending off on Sunday. I could see a lack of focus in his game and it's probably because it was so soon after Sunday.

"We can understand that. He's hurt that he got send off."

Newcastle's attentions now return to the Premier League and Sunday's clash with West Brom. The Magpies have yet to hit their stride domestically, and Pardew has insisted his side must be wary of Steve Clarke's Baggies.

"We're heading into the game in good spirits, but we've had a couple of draws and we need to gain those points back," he continued.

"So theres a bit of pressure to get three points on Sunday and West Brom are probably the surprise team of the season so far, so it'll be a tough game.

"Steve Clarke's no surprise to us, however, and we know their planning will be thorough."

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