Monday 11 December 2017

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)."

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