Football - Pardew turns attention to league survival

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned his players to forget about their Europa League heroics and concentrate on the task of dragging themselves to Barclays Premier League safety.

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The Magpies booked a last-16 clash with big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala next month with a 1-0 victory over Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine last night.

However, despite his delight at the win, just his side's second on the road in all competitions this season, Pardew swiftly turned his attention to Sunday's visit of former club Southampton to St James' Park and the quest for another three points to ease themselves clear of the fight against relegation.

Asked if Europe now had to be put to one side for the time being, Pardew said: "Yes, for sure.

"We have got two very important Premier League games and if we could get three, four points out of those two games, I would take that now.

"It would give us a good angle to go into the next phase of the Europa League."

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