Pardew wary of Newcastle’s ‘Oktoberfest’

OLD BOY ... Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie will face his former club Newcastle tomorrow.

OLD BOY ... Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie will face his former club Newcastle tomorrow.

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ALAN Pardew’s targeting a first Premier League win at the Madjeski Stadium – ahead of tough fixtures against Manchester United and Sunderland.

ALAN Pardew’s targeting a first Premier League win at the Madjeski Stadium – ahead of tough fixtures against Manchester United and Sunderland.

Tomorrow’s game is followed by a European game against Bordeaux on Thursday.

And Sir Alex Ferguson brings his Man United – who beat Newcastle in the Capital One Cup in midweek – to St James’s Park a week on Sunday ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby on October 21.

Pardew’s determined that Newcastle take something from the game against Reading, who are bottom of the division and without a league win.

“We have Bordeaux, and then the two toughest games of the season after Reading, with Man United at home and Sunderland in the derby,” said Pardew.

“It’s important that we don’t suffer a defeat, but we’re in good fettle and want that to continue.”

The Royals, meanwhile, were buoyed by their 3-2 Capital One Cup win over Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night.

In their team will be midfielder Danny Guthrie, who joined the club in the summer after leaving United.

“It was a really good night for us, especially after the last two league games where we felt we hadn’t done ourselves justice,” said manager Brian McDermott.

“We stripped the team back to what we’re about. Everyone could see we had a real identity.

“It’s about being close as a group. We attacked and defended as a group. Doing things together is the ethos of this club.

“Everyone feels better about themselves. It’s tough because we’re not used to losing games here. It’s not something we like doing.”

Reading striker Jason Roberts has a chance of playing against Newcastle.

Roberts faces a fitness test after recovering from a calf injury.

Winger Jimmy Kebe played against QPR, and his hamstring problem will be assessed by the club’s staff.

* Newcastle United duo Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman were in the England Under-16s side which opened its Victory Shield campaign yesterday with a 5-0 away win over Northern Ireland.