Newcastle not scared by Liverpool hoodoo

GOT THE BOTTLE... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.
GOT THE BOTTLE... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.
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NEWCASTLE United’s Anfield hoodoo doesn’t faze Alan Pardew – and he doesn’t think it’ll affect his players tonight (kick-off 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports 1).

The club hasn’t won away at Liverpool since 1994, and hasn’t scored a goal at the stadium in seven years.

However, records are there to be broken, according to Pardew, whose side ended a six-game run without a win on Boxing Day when they beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

“I have to say, just as a past player, not as a manager, it never really bothered me,” Pardew told SportMail.

“Those stats don’t bother me, they are more media-related than anything else.

“It’s something to lean on as a manager after, and say ‘well, we ain’t won here for so long, so we weren’t expected to win’, but it’s not something I look to. We want to go there and try to win.”

The game is followed by a home fixture against Man United on January 4, and an FA Cup tie against Blackburn three days later. “We’ve got three great games coming up – Liverpool, Manchester United at home and the FA Cup,” added Pardew.

“Anfield’s a great stadium and the atmosphere’s going to be absolutely brilliant.

“That’s what you set the games up for. That win at Bolton has set it up, so hopefully we can produce our best. You’d like to think we can. “

Asked if he relished pitting his wits against Dalglish and Ferguson, Pardew went on: “Of course – they’re huge clubs, but so are we.

“We’re a big club and we must never forget the traditions and the history of this football club.

“We’ll take that to Anfield and we’ll get the respect that we deserve and hopefully get a win.”

The Bolton result was significant for Pardew, whose side had enjoyed a long spell in the Premier League’s top four.

Now seventh, Newcastle are looking to regain momentum going into the New Year.

“It was very important to win at Bolton,” said Pardew. “It was important in a lot of ways because in the West Brom game (a 3-2 defeat), without a doubt, we chased the win and played a game that isn’t really us.

“At Bolton we played more like ourselves and got the reward.

“I just think there’s a determination to try to be the best we can in every game. That, as a manager, is what you want your players to do.

“We’re trying to excel and we are at the moment. Whichever way you weigh it up, we’re excelling. We need to carry that for as long as we can.”