Dutch danger lurking ahead
Lee Ryder reports from Alkmaar
As the main square began fillling up this afternoon in Alkmaar it was clear that many could scent danger between their nostrils ahead of the second leg clash with AZ here in Holland.
The red AZ scarves many had tied around their neck as momentos from their trip could still become a sad reminder of a game that promised so much.
Don't forget we started this tie like a house on fire, three up before the half hour mark and 4-1 before the break.
But gradually we began to go through the motions and as far as Newcastle are concerned the game needs a shot in the arm.
Memories of Sporting Lisbon have hanuted many of us for two years and that night United got the shot in the arm via a 1-0 lead on the night and aggregate 2-0 lead before they crumbled.
And if anybody needed a warning that could happen again later at the DSB Bank Stadium - it's Newcastle.
It's a game that could still go either way, the knife edge is there.
Yet the destiny of the Mags is in the hands of the Toon players who have to play for the shirt more than ever this evening.
Glenn Roeder said ahead of the game: "You have to look forward in life, look back and you are forever tripping over in front of you."
Those two away goals therefore cannot be dwelled on for too much longer.
It's knockout time in the UEFA Cup but let's make sure it isn't hit the canvas time.
Over to you Newcastle