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Pardew knows 'very little' about Metalist

Created on 20 Dec., 2012 8:47 PM GMT

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he knows little about his side's Europa League opponents Metalist Kharkiv.

The English Premier League side were drawn against the winners of Group K in the last 32 of the competition, with the Ukrainians having finished ahead of Bayer Leverkusen.

When asked how much he knew about their next opponents, Pardew told Sky Sports: "Not much, really.

"I do know it's a long journey, I've had a look at that, and they won their group, so it's a tough agenda for us.

"It's a tough draw in terms of travel. The opposition, I know very little about. I can't even comment on that until such time as we do some studying."

Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala potentially lie in wait for Newcastle should they manage to defeat Metalist, meaning another difficult trip to Eastern Europe for Pardew's men.

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