Chelsea will fear 52,000 Geordies says Pardew

PLEASED: Alan Pardew
PLEASED: Alan Pardew

NEWCASTLE United’s clash against Chelsea at St James’s Park is a sell out - and Alan Pardew’s backing the club’s fans to make their voices heard.

Saturday’s game is set to be an emotionally-charged occasion, coming in the wake of Gary Speed’s tragic death.

The club are planning to mark Speed’s passing before the game.

And once the whistle goes, Pardew’s confident that his team - with the backing of United’s supporters - can take the game to Chelsea.

Newcastle claimed a point from last weekend’s visit to Old Trafford, and buoyed by their performance against the Premier League champions, Pardew’s fourth-placed side are relishing the visit of Chelsea.

“We’ve set up ourselves up for Chelsea,” Pardew said.

“We have one of the big clubs coming to us, and they’ll be fearing coming to us in front of 52,000 Geordies. They’ll make a difference.”

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