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Dec 7, 2012

Pardew eager for January changes

Alan Pardew is hopeful of sending a new-look Newcastle side into the second round of the Europa League after the January transfer window.

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Newcastle finished second in Group D after a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux on Thursday, with Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa rested, while Papiss Cisse only played the final 10 minutes.

Pardew's luxury of fielding a relatively inexperienced side for the fixture gave him the opportunity to test his youngsters and he believes some of them may soon be loaned out to prime them for next season.

"Certainly looking at my group there, I think they need to learn a little bit more about this game away from the black and white and the pressure of the jersey here and the level we are playing at," Pardew said. "I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight, hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the squad."

Pardew also suggested that he is eager to make a number of additions to the Magpies' squad next month in a bid to spur the club's Europa and Premier League ambitions.

"We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare," he said. "I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn't qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.

"It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players. But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February. I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad."

Poor field conditions made for a scrappy affair in France, but Pardew was not prepared to make any excuses for the loss.

"I was a bit disappointed, really. We both played mixed teams - we had both qualified, which made it psychologically a difficult game," Pardew said. "The pitch was difficult. They play rugby on that pitch and it was heavy on the legs. I thought they coped better with the pitch, and they were the better side and they deserved to win."

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