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Newcastle in recovery position

Published: Monday 28 October 2002, 18.28CET
Newcastle United FC must win against FC Dynamo Kyiv to keep their hopes alive.
Published: Monday 28 October 2002, 18.28CET

Newcastle in recovery position

Newcastle United FC must win against FC Dynamo Kyiv to keep their hopes alive.

By Clive White

Sir Bobby Robson has repeated his decision of a week ago against Juventus FC by resting goalkeeper Shay Given and promoting long-time club servant Steve Harper to the Newcastle United FC side to face FC Dynamo Kyiv at St James' Park on Tuesday.

Newcastle must win
The English club must win if they are to keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive and the Newcastle manager knows his side cannot afford any mistakes against a side for whom he has the utmost respect following a 2-0 defeat against the Ukrainians on Matchday One. "He [Harper] knows, as I do, he can't make a mistake or it might be the end of us," said Sir Bobby.

Given out again
The decision has been taken to spread the workload between the two goalkeepers over the next few games. Given was dropped for the 1-0 victory against Juventus after the recent 5-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers FC – "one miserable match over a three-year period," as Robson described it  – but most people expected the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper to reclaim his place against Dynamo after being brought back for last Saturday's 2-1 Premiership victory against Charlton Athletic FC.

Griffin goals
The onus, though, will be on Newcastle to attack, rather than defend, and at least match the scoreline which Olexiy Mykhaylychenko's side managed against them. The win against Juventus came courtesy of their first goal in this season's competition from right-back Andy Griffin and the three points rekindled their hopes of reaching the second stage. Griffin scored again against Charlton, but Newcastle know they cannot continue to rely on their defenders to score.

Dynamo well placed
Dynamo beat Feyenoord 2-0 last week put them joint top of the group with Juventus on seven points. Asked if the mood of his team would be similar to five years ago when Dynamo reached the last eight at Newcastle's expense, Mykhaylychenko replied: "We want to leave Newcastle with the same feeling - knowing we have qualified for the next round. We realise Newcastle will be difficult to play against on their own ground and they have shown against Juventus that they are in good form."

Dynamo in good heart
The visitors have travelled in good heart after overcoming FC Metalurh Mariupol 2-0 last weekend, with Maksim Shatskikh scoring twice. Belarussian Aleksandr Khatskevich is out injured with Ukrainian Under-21 captain Vitaly Lysytskyy ready to take on his role in midfield. "A positive result in Newcastle will enable us to move on, and the players understand that well," said assistant coach Anatoly Demianenko.

'We must not crumble'
Andriy Husin also issued a rallying cry. "Much will depend on the psychology in Newcastle - we must not crumble under the pressure from the crowd," he said. "It is also dangerous to start thinking that if Juventus beat Feyenoord we can be satisfied with a draw. We think Newcastle will pour forward from the outset, and we will look for our chances on the counter."

Last updated: 29/10/02 20.38CET

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