JAMES Perch has called for a repeat of last season’s performance against Liverpool – on and off the field.
Two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse gave Newcastle United a 2-0 victory in the fixture between the two sides on Tyneside last season.
Alan Pardew’s relegation-threatened side desperately need another three points on Saturday, when Brendan Rodgers brings his team to St James’s Park.
Last term saw Andy Carroll’s first return to St James’s Park since his £35m move to Anfield – and he was given a hostile reception.
And Perch – who was headbutted by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina – is hopeful the atmosphere and performance will match that day.
“I think Liverpool is always a good game to play in,” Perch told SportMail.“We played well last year and won 2-0, which was a fantastic game.
“I think that’s the loudest I’ve heard St James’s with Andy and Jose (Enrique) coming back.
“I’m looking forward to it – it should be a good game – and hopefully we can get the three points.”
Newcastle stretched the gap in the Premier League between themselves and third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic to six points last weekend, when they drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
“Afterwards we said we’d look back and say this was a good point,” added Perch. “It takes us into Liverpool with a lot of confidence.
“We’ve got a week to prepare ourselves. It’s hard for the staff to prepare for a Sunday game after you’ve played on Thursday (in the Europa League). The lads who have played have a rest on Friday, and we come out on Saturday and walk through a bit of shape. They don’t get much time to work with the lads.
“We really noticed the difference. The lads have had a rest. They feel fresher, and I think you could see that in the performance.”
Yoan Gouffran gave Newcastle an early lead against West Brom, and Papiss Demba Cisse spurned a chance to double their advantage.
The home side fought back strongly in the second half and claimed a point thanks to an equaliser from Billy Jones.
“We were a bit disappointed, but it would be tough to go somewhere like this and be on top for 90 minutes,” said the 27-year-old, used as a defensive midfielder.
“We knew they’d come at us, and fair play them. They put us under a lot of pressure.
“Papiss’s effort would have changed the game.”