Alan Pardew determined to avoid NUFC cup shock

ALAN Pardew’s determined Newcastle United avoid the fate of Sunderland – and book their place in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Pardew’s side take on League One club Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park tomorrow night.

The game is being broadcast live on TV, and Pardew – whose team were knocked out of the FA Cup by lowly Stevenage last season – is mindful of the potential for an upset if his players give anything less than 100 per cent.

And if ever the squad needed a reminder of the pitfalls of cup competitions, it came at the Amex Stadium last night when Brighton piled on the misery for Sunderland.

Pardew is expecting a tough game at Glanford Park, where Newcastle were beaten during their Championship campaign.

“It’s a tough place – the crowd will be buoyant,” Pardew told SportMail. “It’ll be what I’d call a proper English game of football and we can’t get caught out by the passion of the opposition.

“We need to match that, which was something we didn’t do at Stevenage.

“I was a new manager and not particularly familiar with the squad, and I was disappointed that day.

“I don’t want to be disappointed on Thursday night.”

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