Atromitos 1 Newcastle 1
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned European hero Ryan Taylor he may have to be patient as he attempts to force his way into the team.
The utility man was handed a start at left-back against Atromitos in Greece last night and produced a trademark free-kick to ensure the Magpies return to Tyneside for the second leg of their Europa League play-off unbeaten and with a potentially valuable away goal to their name.
However, Taylor could still find himself sitting on the bench at Chelsea tomorrow evening as Newcastle return to Barclays Premier League action having rested nine senior men in Athens.
Pardew said: “When we trained here last night, he [Taylor] hit three or four better than the one he scored with tonight.
“I should think in the Premier League, there are not too many players at dead balls who have the accuracy of Ryan.
“He is desperate to play in the first team but he has got some good performances from Saturday’s game against Tottenham in front of him, so he has got to be patient.
“When he gets his chance, what more can he do? He played very well tonight — and hopefully there are a few more of those, please.”
Taylor’s sweet strike dragged his side level two minutes into first-half injury time. He struck from 25 yards with a viciously curling free-kick after midfielder Matias Iglesias had been pulled up for a rugby tackle on Dan Gosling.
But until that point, the visitors had looked distinctly second best, with German midfielder Denis Epstein having made the most of full-back James Tavernier’s inexperience to fire Atromitos into a 24th-minute lead.
However, Newcastle gradually got to grips with the game and might have won it through substitutes Romain Amalfitano and Adam Campbell.
ATROMITOS: Itandje, Skondras, Fitanidis, Lazaridis, Giannoulis (Karagounis 86), Dimoutsos, Iglesias, Brito, Beljic (Chumbinho 61), Kuqi (Karamanos 60), Epstein.
NEWCASTLE: Harper, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, R Taylor, Gosling (Amalfitano 64), Bigirimana, Anita, Marveaux (Gutierrez 70),Cisse (Campbell 77), Obertan.
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel).
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