Alan Pardew: “The next time it comes around is a long time away – a lot can change between now and then.
“I’m just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.
“We wanted to qualify – that was the first agenda in this competition.
“We did that with a game to spare. 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.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad