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Souness still wants more

Published: Friday 26 November 2004, 12.45CET
Group D reaction: Newcastle United FC hit four goals in France but Graeme Souness said it could have been more.
Published: Friday 26 November 2004, 12.45CET

Souness still wants more

Group D reaction: Newcastle United FC hit four goals in France but Graeme Souness said it could have been more.

Group D leaders Newcastle United FC, semi-finalists in 2003/04, have plenty to be cheerful about after a 4-0 win at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard while Sporting Clube de Portugal achieved the same scoreline at FC Dinamo Tbilisi.

It was a European night, but we failed to play a European game. That's all. I'm disappointed that we did not manage to score first as it could have been a different story in that case. To lose against Newcastle is not a disgrace but it's a pity to lose this way. Sochaux coach Guy Lacombe

It was a good performance, but we could have been more clinical in front of goal. Towards the end of the match, when we were leading by three or four goals, we missed some very good chances. We could be talking about an even more comprehensive win but overall I suppose I have to be delighted with the result and the performance. In the first half we rode our luck at times and [goalkeeper] Shay [Given] kept us in it. Newcastle manager Graeme Souness

The opposition had excellent strikers which forced our defenders to commit mistakes. We are not ready to win matches in Europe at the moment and I see the UEFA Cup as a way to gain experience. In the next match, I will let some of the youngsters play in order to give them a taste of European action. Dinamo Tbilisi coach George Geguchadze

The final is held at our stadium and I will be happy if we reach it, while of course I realise it's going to be difficult. If we're making comparisons between Panionios [NFC] and Dinamo, I can say that the Greek side are more experienced and play more defensively. Panionios do not take risks the way Dinamo did. Sporting coach Jose Peseiro

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