ALAN Pardew’s believes Newcastle United can knock Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup – with the help of the club’s fans.
Newcastle beat Leeds United last night to book a last 16 tie against City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s expensively-assembled side at St James’s Park.
City comfortably beat United 4-0 in the first game of the Premier League season.
But Pardew feels home advantage can make all the difference.
A crowd of 36,220 – including almost 6,000 Leeds fans – was at St James’s Park last night.
And Pardew’s hopeful another sizeable gate can will his team into the competition’s quarter finals in what will be the first League Cup meeting between the two clubs since the 1976 final, won by City.
“I was a little disappointed after we played Man City in so much as their results didn’t reflect what I felt that night in terms of how good they were,” Pardew said.
“Their performance against Man United brought home that when they turn the heat up they really are difficult.
“But that at home, and this one’s at our place.
“I wouldn’t want to go back there at this time. That can even it up.
“Our fans can affect the psychology of them. It’s a cup night.”
Papiss Demba Cisse and Yoan Gouffran scored for Newcastle against a spirited Leeds team which lacked a cutting edge.
However, the result and performance compounded Pardew’s frustration at last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to Hull City in the Premier League.
“It was super performance,” said Pardew.
“But I’m still hurting from Saturday, if I’m honest, because I can see on the training ground that we have got the squad in a good place.
“All the guys who came in have done terrifically, and therefore that compounds the result on Saturday.
“I’m not going to get carried away. We are in the last 16, as we should be.
“But it’s a reminder to us that we have got to get consistency at this football club, and if we have got the group below as good as that, then that bodes well.”
A crowd of more than 36,000 were treat to a good game of football, and Newcastle and Leeds supporters chanted and applauded in memory of the late Gary Speed – who wore the No11 jersey of both clubs during his career – in the 11th minute.
Pardew said: “The two sets of fans were brilliant. That Gary Speed moment was one of the highlights of the season, I thought.”