ALAN Pardew says he hopes Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will come to “regret” his comments on Newcastle United’s home crowd.
Lambert suggested that his team will look to take advantage of an “edgy” crowd at St James’s Park in Sunday’s meeting between the two clubs.
Newcastle have lost their last five home games, and Lambert feels there will be “grumblings” should Pardew’s side not make early headway in the televised Premier League game.
“We are going to go there on the front foot, because if we do then their crowd might become edgy,” said Lambert.
“Any club that has a big fan base, especially at home they expect to win. When things are going against you then you can hear the grumblings.
And sometimes, as a player, it can get to you. You have got to try to get their crowd against them.”
However, speaking at this afternoon’s pre-match Press conference, Pardew said: “I’m surprised by that.
“I think he’s under-estimated our fans. He might regret saying that after the game.”