Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that a win over Manchester City in the Capital One Cup this week would be a perfect way to bounce back following the derby defeat to Sunderland, Sky
The Magpies fell to a late 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Black Cats, but the Geordie side do not have to wait long to get back on the pitch to put things right against Manchester City.
Pardew said: “The derby was a really demanding game on the legs and on the emotions. We’re disappointed for the fans and ourselves. But, if we could beat Manchester City, I think it would get people talking, because then we’d be down to the last eight and it all becomes a bit serious.”
The former West Ham manager also highlighted the importance the League Cup has for his side this season. “I think any team in the Premier League can consider this a tournament they can win,” he said. “For the Champions League clubs, maybe it’s a little down on their agenda, but it’s high on our agenda.
“For us this year it is a priority. We want to win a trophy for our fans. If we could get past Manchester City it would be a great way to put away the disappointment of Sunderland but that’s easier said than done.”
Newcastle face a side that has already beaten them 4-0 on the opening day of the season, but the Wimbledon-born manager thinks it will be different this time round.
He added: “When they turn on their turbo chargers, with the players they’ve got, they’re almost impossible to deal with. But they’re vulnerable as well and, particularly away from home, results haven’t been as good as they would like.
“That is some comfort for us, that we could catch them on an off night. If your desire to win something is stronger than the opposition, then it does give you a slight benefit. We’ll be leaning on that for sure. It’s still tough to beat them. They have a squad of 24 international players, so we’re coming up against 11 internationals, even if it is a slightly weakened City team.”
Pardew also revealed that he will also make changes to his side for the tie, saying: “We’ll be strong but we’re in a run of three games in six days and we’ve got to make sure we’re at full tilt for the Premier League games. I’ve got three or four players I feel need to come in and play, who have a chance of playing against Chelsea (on Saturday).
“It’s an opportunity for players really close to the first team to make a stand for Chelsea. That question is in front of me: what team do I play versus Chelsea? I want a few people to give me a problem.”
Newcastle are vying to reach the fifth round of this competition for the first time since 2006 and have lost their last three League Cup ties against top-flight opposition, conceding 10 goals in the process.
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