ALAN Pardew says the result is NOT the be all and end all for Newcastle United at the Cardiff City Stadium tomorrow.
Pardew’s adamant his team must not only take something from the game, but also play well.
Newcastle take on Cardiff City on the back of successive Premier League defeats to Everton and Hull City.
United were dreadful in the first half in Monday night’s 3-2 loss at Goodison Park.
And Pardew’s conscious that the performance before the break was unacceptable in the eyes of the club’s fans.
“I would like a performance,” Pardew said.
“If you said to me we play rubbish and win, would I take that? Probably not. I want us to play well and win.
“Usually, the result carries across from the performance. It’s important that we play with intensity.
“I think all our fans will be looking for a performance. It needs to be much more relevant to the club that we are.
“The first half (at Everton) wasn’t a performance that Newcastle can be proud of.”
Newly-promoted Cardiff won 2-1 at Fulham last weekend, and Pardew is wary of Malky Mackay’s side, who comfortably beat Newcastle 4-1 last pre-season.
“They will have their tails up,” he said. “They have an away win under their belts as well as the result at home (against Manchester City).
“This is a tough place to go at the moment. We have to make sure we match that.
“If put the negatives in their mind, like score a goal or put them on the back foot, we can change the whole psychology of the game.”
Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson are set to come into Pardew’s side.
“I can’t go into detail on what’s happening,” said Pardew. “But the most important thing is how you react to not playing.
“Williamson is a good example of that. He’s conducted himself well on the training ground, and when the opportunity came against Leeds (in the Capital One Cup last week), he did well.
“Then when he had the chance on Monday night he took it. I have to repay that in my view.”