ALAN Pardew has challenged Newcastle United players to put their Arsenal nightmare behind them – by taking another stride towards Wembley.
Pardew’s side were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
And the team must quick pick itself up for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, which is followed by Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Club ambassador Bob Moncur, the last United captain to lift a major trophy, was at the Emirates Stadium.
And Moncur – who led the team to the Fairs Cup in 1969 – is willing the Pardew’s team on to end the club’s 45-year wait for a piece of silverware.
“Bob Moncur is on the bus every week to remind me,” said Pardew.
“I cant get away from it, but no-one would be more delighted then Bob if we can achieve something.”
Newcastle have beaten cup-holders Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Gillingham – all away from home – so far in the competition.
And Pardew – who will have Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor back from suspension at White Hart Lane – will name a strong team against Tottenham.
“The results have been good for us in a way,” said Pardew. “We’ve still got ourselves in a great position, and we can look forward to Sunderland and maybe get ourselves in the top six.
“The cup game is something different – we know its the quarter final.
“We have beaten two Premier League teams away from home. We’ve got to do a third time.
“It’ll be a tough game, but we’ll go there very strong.”