Newcastle Utd boss to wield axe for Leeds Utd cup clash

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew was left “livid” by Newcastle United’s defeat to Hull City – and he’s ready to swing the axe.

Newcastle take on Leeds United at St James’s Park in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight.

And Pardew will make at least three changes, with Cheik Tiote, Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi set to come into his starting XI.

While reluctant to make too many changes, he feels under-performing players must pay a price.

However, the starting XI will be significantly stronger than that which faced Morecambe in the last round of the competition.

Only forward Loic Remy – who netted twice – emerged from the 3-2 defeat to Hull with any real credit, and Pardew is anxious that there’s no repeat.

“I’m absolutely livid about Saturday,” Pardew said.

“For me, I’ve looked at the team, and I think one or two deserve a chance to press their claims, in particular Sammy Ameobi and Dummett.

“Those two are going to play. They’re from the Academy, I’m desperate for them to push their claims. They’ll get that chance.

“My focus is on the group. I’ve got to keep the group motivated.

“Therefore, when the team doesn’t play well on a Saturday in the Premier League, I’ll give opportunities to others. I’m prepared to do that.

“It needs to be a team that’s good enough to beat Leeds, and I’d like to think this team will be.”

The Leeds tie is only Pardew’s second home domestic cup game – the first was a 2-1 win over Blackburn in the FA Cup a season after he took over – and a crowd in excess of 30,000 is expected at St James’s Park, where Leeds will be backed by 5,500 supporters.

And Pardew hopes the atmosphere under the floodlights replicates some of the Europa League games last season.

“It’s an important game for us,” added Pardew, a close friend of Leeds manager Brian McDermott.

“It’s my first domestic cup tie under lights and I want to win it.

“It’s also a little taster of what we had last year in the Europa League.

“It thought they were cracking games. I want a bit of that against a great name in football, Leeds United.”

YOHAN Cabaye will be fit to face Everton at Goodison Park.

The Newcastle United midfielder limped out of Saturday’s home defeat to Hull City with a groin problem.

And Cabaye – who had surgery on his groin last season – won’t be involved in tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Leeds United.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects the 27-year-old to be fit for Monday night’s Premier League game against Everton.

“Yohan isn’t going to be involved,” Pardew said. “We think he’ll be fine for Everton, but I do want to protect him a little bit.

“He’s not had a lot of football, and the two games last week had a little bit of a toll on him. I am protecting him a little bit.”

The Leeds game also comes too soon for Shola Ameobi (flu) and Jonas Gutierrez (hamstring).

Pardew added: “Shola’s got no chance. He’s got the flu. He’s not near us at the minute.

“Jonas has only had two days training after being out for five weeks, so he won’t feature.”