ALAN Pardew is determined that Newcastle United quickly put their defeat to West Bromwich Albion behind them – and focus on the FA Cup.
Pardew’s side take on Cardiff City at St James’s Park tomorrow in the third round of the competition (kick-off 3pm).
Newcastle go into the game on the back of a 1-0 Premier League defeat at the Hawthorns, where they lost Fabricio Coloccini to injury and Mathieu Debuchy to suspension.
Cardiff, meanwhile, have been given a lift by the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as their new manager.
Pardew – who famously scored the goal which took Crystal Palace into the 1990 FA Cup final – hasn’t got beyond round four as United manager.
That is a record he is keen to improve on, though he admits the festive period has taken a toll on his team ahead of an “important” fixture.
“I don’t think it’s ideal for anyone to have another game in three days, but that’s where we are,” Pardew told SportMail.
“We’ve got to quickly turn ourselves around and get ourselves a result in an important game.”
The West Brom defeat left Newcastle in eighth place and just a point behind Premier League champions Manchester United, beaten at home by Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day.
But the club’s progress this season was little consolation to Pardew as he left the Hawthorns, where his team was backed by 2,600 travelling supporters.
“We’re in a decent position, but this is not the time to reflect on it,” said Pardew.
“We’re disappointed for our fans, and disappointed for ourselves that we didn’t come out of it with something.
“There was only six or seven minutes left when they got the penalty (converted by Sadio Berahino).
“We just needed to see that period out with 10 men. We’d probably have said it was a good result, but it was never going to be a good day for us, because we lost Mathieu and Colo.”
– MILES STARFORTH