Pards slack at the back for bat­tle of Bordeaux

NEW­CAS­TLE v BORDEAUX Europa League Thurs­day, 8.05pm – ESPN

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 -

ALAN PARDEW has told the Toon Army to bring their voices – and their boots – to back his crocked troops in Europe.

Boss Pardew faces an in­jury cri­sis at the back with four key names miss­ing for the visit of French club Bordeaux.

Skip­per Fabri­cio Coloc­cini (ham­string), Steven Tay­lor (calf), Ryan Tay­lor (knee) and full-back Danny Simp­son (ham­string) are all out of Thurs­day’s clash – with the quar­tet all set to miss Manch­ester United’s Premier League visit on Sun­day as well.

Pardew is low on num­bers as he is forced into a ma­jor reshuf­fle in de­fence.

He ad­mit­ted: “We’ll have to see what we’re go­ing to do be­cause it’s not an area we’re strong in at the mo­ment.”

New­cas­tle ex­pect a 30,000 crowd at St James’ Park and Pardew added: “We’ll need the fans right be­hind us to give us that ex­tra man against a very good Bordeaux side.”


Toon are look­ing for a seventh straight home win in Europe stretch­ing back to 2006.

But they’ll have to im­prove on a poor record against teams from across the Chan­nel, with just one win from five games against French sides.

Un­beaten Bordeaux opened their Euro­pean cam­paign with a 4-0 romp against Club Brugge.

Gabriel Ober­tan hopes to face his old club, who have ex-Sun­der­land and Man United striker David Bel­lion in their squad.

Ober­tan said: “It’s al­ways a bit weird to play one of your old sides.

“It’s a long time since I was at Bordeaux but it will be great to see the coach­ing staff again and there are still a cou­ple of play­ers there from my time at the club.”

Vurnon Anita is set to re­turn to New­cas­tle’s start­ing line-up af­ter the Dutch mid­fielder was dropped for Satur­day’s 2-2 draw against Read­ing.

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