Pardew keen to continue revival
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes the negativity surrounding his team has been banished by their recent upturn in form.
The Magpies continued their mini-revival as they dumped holders Manchester City out of the League Cup with a shock 2-0 win in their fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, a stunning upset for a side that had toiled throughout the opening two months of the season.
Just a month ago Pardew's future seemed in the balance but owner Mike Ashley refused to bow to fans' protests and remove the manager and the team have since embarked on a four-game unbeaten run.
The last three games have been victories and the latest, against a strong City side, was thoroughly deserved and sent them through to a quarter-final against Tottenham.
Pardew now wants to maintain momentum as Liverpool visit St James' Park for another tough assignment tomorrow.
He said: "I said to them (the players) they had seen a side of our fans which can be difficult, but now they are going to see the opposite because our fans are going to be up for this cup.
"No-one will get up for this cup as much as our fans.
"If we can get a victory at Liverpool, the new players in the group are going to see the other side of Newcastle fans, when we really can make a difference.
"In the last couple of games the fans have been terrific.
"They helped us last night and they helped us at Tottenham (last Saturday)."