Newcastle Utd boss hopes for special night for West Brom clash

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew wants Newcastle United players to take advantage of a ‘special atmosphere’ and get fans out of their seats tomorrow night.

The Magpies host West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park bidding to record a first Premier League win in six attempts.

Pardew – and the Toon Army – were left frustrated by Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea City, and he has called on his players to produce a goal-laden performance to thank the club’s supporters for their patience in their last home game of 2011.

Pardew said: “The one thing I do know about tomorrow night is that we’ll have the floodlights on. It creates a special atmosphere, and that’ll be an advantage for us.

“I hope we score some goals, because the stats from Saturday were everything but goals – the crosses, the final third entries, bossing the game and them not having a shot on target.

“It all added up to a win, but it didn’t (come).

“We’ve got to do the same against West Brom. It’s very rare you get two games like that.

“I thanked them (the fans) for their patience on Saturday. No one wants to see a 0-0, especially when it’s freezing cold.

“We look forward to hopefully giving them some goals, and getting them out of their seats tomorrow night.

“They (West Brom) play a low defensive line. They make it very difficult when you get near their box.

“We’re going to have to be very bright in our thinking, and hopefully conjure up some chances.

“West Brom will play on the fact we didn’t score at the weekend, and try to frustrate us.”

The draw against Swansea was a fifth game without a win for United, coming after the tricky run of three tough clashes against title-chasing Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, and then a 4-2 loss at Norwich when Newcastle were without a recognised centre-half.

It has still been a great start to the season for Pardew’s men, however, and they go into tomorrow’s game sitting seventh in the Premier League table after collecting 27 points so far.

After the visit of West Brom, Newcastle travel to struggling Bolton on Boxing Day before a trip to sixth-placed Liverpool on December 30, and Pardew has set his side a target before the dawn of 2012.

“If we can get 30 points by January 1, I’ll be absolutely delighted,” he said.

“I don’t care how they come, or where they come from, but that’s a realistic target for us.

“We’re still two points behind Liverpool and Arsenal, and who’d have thought we’d be in that position.

“We’ve done really well. I feel this little run has been slightly clouded by the opposition we’ve had, and the injuries we’ve had.

“The Norwich game in particular grinds with me. I thought we took a little bit too much criticism for not having a centre-half available.

“We’re competing at this level where there’s such a fine margin – not having three centre-halves available would suffer any team.”