'We can do it' - Newcastle boss Pardew bullish ahead of Benfica clash

The Magpies go into Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg 3-1 down on aggregate, but the Englishman believes a turnaround is possible at St James' Park
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes his side are fully capable of turning their Europa League quarter-final clash against Benfica on its head in Thursday's second leg.

The Magpies will require at least two goals to progress having suffered a 3-1 defeat in Portugal last week, but will be backed by a partisan crowd at St James' Park.

And Pardew is confident the Tyneside outfit can pull it off should they keep themselves in the tie until the final 20 minutes.

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He told The Press Association: "We just need to get ourselves in a good position. If we can get a goal with 20 minutes to go, we can do it - that's the agenda for me.

"Our fans need to understand on Thursday, in the quarter-final of the Europa League, that if we go gung-ho looking for two quick goals, we are just going to get killed.

"They [Benfica] have got real quality on the break. We have got to be very intelligent and we have got to be patient."