Best is yet to come from Newcastle Utd ahead of Blackburn Rovers clash

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew’s confident the best is yet to come from his Newcastle United side.

The club are fourth in the Premier League table after the first five games of the campaign.

And tomorrow’s home fixture against Blackburn Rovers is an opportunity for Pardew’s unbeaten team to consolidate their progress so far this season.

Newcastle were taken into extra time in a gruelling Carling Cup tie against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, but Pardew, mindful of the demands of the league, made nine changes at the City Ground.

And the likes of Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor will return to the starting XI, as will Gabriel Obertan, who came off the bench to set up Fabricio Coloccini’s dramatic late winner against Steve McClaren’s side, who were beaten 4-3.

With Hatem Ben Arfa now fit, and his summer signings steadily gelling with their new colleagues, Pardew’s feels there’s a lot more to come from his new-look side.

“Confidence is a massive tool in this trade, and all I can say to Newcastle fans thinking paying to see us is that we’ve got good players who are in form,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We hope to take that on to the pitch on Saturday.

“(Gabriel) Obertan’s starting to show quality. He changed the game a little bit when he came on the other night, and that’s always a nice feature for a player who hasn’t had games.

“There’s definitely more to come, but we have to make sure we don’t lose our resilience and the fact that we’re always in the game because we don’t concede many goals.”

The club’s promising start to the season has owed everything to a solid defence, United having conceded just two league goals.

Pardew added: “Conceding three goals on Tuesday night was too many for us, and we have to make sure we get back to zero, or one.”