ALAN Pardew is adamant that his rejuventated Newcastle United side can carry on up the Premier League table.
The club moved above Sunderland and into 14th place after beating Southampton 4-2 at St James’s Park yesterday.
And Pardew believes Newcastle, having won three out of their last four domestic games, are now a different proposition thanks to last month’s transfer-window arrivals.
Moussa Sissoko scored his third goal for the club against Southampton, while Mathieu Debuchy was arguably United’s man of the match.
The challenge now for Newcastle – who face Capital One Cup-winners Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday – is to climb further up the table.
The Southampton win means the club is now three points off 10th-placed Stoke City – and six clear of the relegation zone.
“I think we’re a different proposition now,” Pardew said.
“We’ve beaten Chelsea, Metalist and Southampton. Southampton are every bit as good as the other two I’ve mentioned.
“They’re three massive wins, and we came close to getting something at Tottenham. We’ve made great strides. I said before the game ‘let’s attack the top 10’.”
Pardew’s also confident the club – which faces Anzhi Makhachkala in the next round of the Europa League – can progress in on the continent.
“We know the Europa League is on for us – we know that,” added Pardew.
“There’s no doubt about that. We’ve got a really tough team to play, but we’re looking forward to it. So should our fans – they’re buoyant now.”